Workplace Fatality Statistics in the United States

Each year the AFL-CIO releases a report entitled “Death on the Job.” The most recent report analyzes workplace fatalities in the United States for 2013. While the number of workplace fatalities has been declining slightly over the past four years, there are still an alarming number of workers being killed on-the-job every day.

Below are some of the key findings from the AFL-CIO report.

Total Number of Workplace Fatalities and Injuries

  • There were 4,585 workplace fatalities in the United States.
  • It is estimated that an additional 50,000 died as a result of occupational diseases contracted at the workplace.
  • There were almost 3.8 million reported work injuries or illnesses.
  • Because many work injuries go unreported, the report estimates the true total is likely between 7.6 million and 11.4 million.

Workplace Fatality Rates by State

For the third straight year, North Dakota led the nation in workplace fatality rate.

The top five deadliest states to work in are as follows:

  1. North Dakota – 14.9 workplace fatalities per 100,000 workers
  2. Wyoming – 9.5
  3. West Virginia – 8.6
  4. Alaska – 7.9
  5. New Mexico – 6.7

The five states with the lowest fatality rates are as follows:

  1. Hawaii – 1.6 per 100,000 workers
  2. Washington – 1.7
  3. Connecticut – 1.8
  4. Massachusetts – 1.8
  5. New York – 2.1

Workplace Fatalities by Industry

The industries with the highest number of workplace fatalities are as follows:

  • Construction – 828 workplace fatalities
  • Transportation and warehousing – 733
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting – 500

The industries with the highest workplace fatality rates are as follows:

  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting – 23.2 per 100,000 workers
  • Transportation and warehousing – 14.0
  • Mining – 12.4
  • Oil and gas extraction – 12.4
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