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AFL-CIO 2015 Report: 150 Workplace Fatalities Each Day in United States

Each year the AFL-CIO, the nation’s largest labor union, releases a report on the number of fatal accidents and workplace injuries U.S. workers suffer on the job. The report also provides an overview of current safety standards and makes recommendations regarding regulations that could improve workplace safety. This year’s report shows that 150 workers are killed on the job every day.

Workplace Fatality Statistics In The United States

Some of the key findings in the report include:

  • In 2013, there were 4,585 workplace fatalities in the U.S.
  • It is estimated that an additional 50,000 people died from occupational diseases
  • Workers reported 3.8 million on-the-job injuries
  • Because many on-the-job injuries go unreported, the AFL-CIO estimates the true total to be between 7.6 million and 11.4 million

States with the highest workplace fatality rate:

  • North Dakota – 14.9 per 100,000 workers
  • Wyoming – 9.5
  • West Virginia – 8.6
  • Alaska – 7.9
  • New Mexico – 6.7

States with the lowest workplace fatality rate:

  • Hawaii – 1.6 per 100,000 workers
  • Washington – 1.7
  • Connecticut – 1.8
  • Massachusetts – 1.8
  • New York – 2.1
  • Rhode Island – 2.1

Other Findings From The Report

The report also found that while overall workplace fatality rates have decreased for four consecutive years, workplace fatality rates for Latino workers are trending in the opposite direction. Fatality rates for Latino workers increased from 3.7 per 100,000 workers in 2012 to 3.9 in 2013. Two out of three Latinos who were killed on the job were born outside of the United States.

Workplace fatalities for contract workers continues to be a problem. In 2013, 749 contractors were killed on the job, accounting for 16% of all workplace fatalities.

Transportation accidents were again the leading cause of workplace fatalities. Violence was the second-leading cause. Companies lost between $250 billion to $360 billion in 2013 due to workplace injuries and illnesses.

If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed in a workplace accident, contact the personal injury attorneys at Arnold & Itkin for a free consultation about your legal rights.