Preventable death and death rate trends vary by industry. Industry definitions changed in 2003, making it inappropriate to compare trends across 2003. The interactive chart on this page allows you to select industry sectors for comparison.
As you explore the data, you may notice that the number of fatalities in both the Construction and Transportation & Warehousing sections dropped dramatically in both 2008 and 2009. At the same time, the drops in fatality rates for these two industry sectors were not nearly as dramatic. These two industries were particularly hard-hit during the recession, so the decrease in fatalities was largely a reflection of decreases in hours worked. Fatality rates help compensate for changes in hours worked, making it easier to more accurately assess long-term trends without the influence of outside economic factors.
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In 2003, industry definitions changed from the Standard Industrial Classification Manual to North American Industry Classification System