Work-related Fatality Trends

The number of preventable work deaths increased in 2019, totaling 4,572. Since 2010, the number of preventable work deaths have increased 17%, while the death rate per 100,000 workers has increased 3%. In addition to preventable fatal work injuries, 761 homicides and suicides occurred in the workplace in 2019. These intentional injuries are not included in the preventable-injury estimates.

Preventable work deaths increased 2% from 2018 to 2019, following a 2% increase in 2018, and no change in 2017. The preventable death rate of 3.1 per 100,000 workers has not changed since 2016. Work-related medically consulted injuries totaled 4.64 million in 2019.

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Source: Deaths are from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI). Employment is from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and is based on the Current Population Survey. All other data are National Safety Council (NSC) estimates.

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Starting in 2008, BLS moved from employment-based rates to hours-based rates to measure fatal injury risk per standardized length of exposure, which are generally considered more accurate than employment-based rates. Caution should be used when comparing with rates prior to 2008.