Worker injuries, illnesses and fatalities

4,405 workers died on the job in 2013  (3.2 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers) on average, 85 a week or more than 12 fatalities every day. ( The lowest total since the fatal injury census was first conducted in 1992.)

797 Hispanic or Latino workers were killed from work-related injuries in 2013–on average, more than 15 deaths a week or two Latino workers killed every single day of the year, all year long.

Fatal work injuries involving contractors accounted for 17 percent of all fatal work injuries in the year 2013.

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Construction’s Focus Four, Fatal Four

Out of 3929 worker fatalities in private industry in calendar year 2013, 796 or 20.3% were in construction―that is, one in five worker deaths last  year were in construction. The leading causes of worker deaths on construction sites were falls, followed by struck by object, electrocution, and caught-in/between. These “Fatal Four” were responsible for more than half (58.7%) the construction worker deaths in 2013. Eliminating the Fatal Four would save 468 workers’ lives in the U.S. every year.

  • Falls – 294 out of 796 total deaths in construction in the year 2013 (36.9%)
  • Struck by Object – 82 (10.3%)
  • Electrocutions – 71 (8.9%)
  • Caught-in/between – 21 (2.6%)

OSHA making a difference

  • In four decades, OSHA and our state partners, coupled with the efforts of employers, safety and health professionals, unions and advocates, have had a dramatic effect on workplace safety.
  • Since 1970, workplace fatalities have been reduced by more than 65 percent and occupational injury and illness rates have declined by 67 percent. At the same time, U.S. employment has almost doubled.
  • Worker deaths in America are down–on average, from about 38 worker deaths a day in 1970 to 12 a day in 2012.
  • Worker injuries and illnesses are down–from 10.9 incidents per 100 workers in 1972 to 3.4 per 100 in 2011.

OSHA has on its website statistics for the most frequently cited Federal and State OSHA standards.

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