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Rising Storm: Workplace Fatalities Soar By 5.7% In 2022, Unveiling Startling Realities

January 16, 2024

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Cecilia De La Rosa

In workplaces across the United States, a disconcerting trend is unfolding and it demands urgent attention and action. The rise in workplace fatalities has raised serious concerns about the safety of American workers in recent years.

High Risk Occupations

In 2022, a total of 5,486 fatal work injuries were reported, marking a 5.7% uptick from the previous year’s figure of 5,190, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The data from the BLS revealed that a worker died every 96 minutes from a work-related injury in 2022, a concerning shift from 101 minutes in the previous year.
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Transportation Incidents Remain a Leading Cause

Transportation incidents topped the list as the most common type of fatal event. Additionally, there was a worrisome 13.1% increase in unintentional drug overdoses in the workplace in 2022, continuing a trend that emerged in 2012.

This surge partially results from a concerning rise in workplace violence.

The sector facing the brunt of these tragic incidents was transportation and material moving, with a staggering 1,620 fatal work injuries.

Not far behind, the construction and extraction sector reported 1,056 fatalities, indicating an 11% spike from the previous year.

Insights from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Delving into the specifics of workplace violence, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed an 11.6% increase in fatalities resulting from workplace violence and injuries caused by individuals or animals. Shockingly, homicides accounted for a substantial 61.7% of these workplace fatalities.

The Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries meticulously compiles federal, state, and independent data to draw alarming statistics that identify and highlight the grim reality of fatal work injuries.

Importance of Safety Protocols and Awareness

As we reflect on these statistics, it becomes abundantly clear that there is an ongoing need for improved safety protocols and awareness across various industries. As transportation incidents and violence continue to pose significant risks, employers and policymakers should prioritize the well-being and safety of workers. Addressing these challenges remains essential in creating safer workplaces for all.


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