The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released a preliminary report revealing that workplace deaths increased 7% from 2015 to 2016. The figures show that 5,190 workers were killed on-the-job last year—the highest number of fatalities since 2008.
Below is a breakdown of the statistics released by the BLS.
Workplace Deaths by Event
The leading cause of workplace deaths was overwhelmingly traffic incidents. Roughly 40% of workplace deaths occurred in vehicle accidents and collisions. Other leading causes were violence (including homicide and suicide), fatal falls, and deaths from being struck by objects or equipment.
- Transportation incidents – 40%
- Violence and other injuries by persons or animals – 17%
- Falls, slips, trips – 16%
- Contact with objects and equipment – 15%
- Exposure to harmful substances or environments – 10%
- Fires and explosions – 2%
Workplace Deaths by Industry
It should come as no surprise that dangerous industries such as construction, manufacturing, and industrial workplaces suffered the most fatalities. The construction industry was the leading contributor to workplace deaths.
- Construction – 991
- Transportation and warehousing – 825
- Agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting – 593
- Government – 497
- Administrative and support and waste management and remediation services – 439
- Manufacturing – 318
- Retail trade – 282
- Other services– 223
- Accommodation and food services– 202
- Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction – 89
Occupations with Highest Rates of Workplace Death
According to the 2016 data, logging workers may have the most dangerous job in the country. There were 135.9 fatalities for every 100,000 full-time workers. Below are the top ten occupations with the highest rate of workplace fatalities.
- Logging Workers– 135.9
- Fishers and related fishing workers– 86
- Aircraft pilots and flight engineers – 55.5
- Roofers – 48.6
- Refuse and recyclable material collectors – 34.1
- Structural iron and steel workers – 25.1
- Driver/sales workers and truck drivers – 24.7
- Farmers, ranchers and other agricultural managers – 23.1
- First-line supervisors and construction trades and extraction workers – 18.0
- Grounds maintenance workers – 17.4
Workplace Deaths by State
Texas, with its large population and booming construction and oil and gas industries, accounted for over 10.5% of all workplace deaths. Below are the states that suffered the most workplace fatalities in 2016.
- Texas – 545
- California – 376
- Florida – 309
- New York – 272
- North Carolina – 174
- Georgia – 171
- Illinois – 171
- Ohio – 164
- Pennsylvania – 163
- Michigan – 162
- Virginia – 153
- Indiana - 137
Workplace Deaths by City
The United States cities that had the most number of workplace deaths are largely the most populated cities in the country. Not surprisingly, New York City led the nation with 222 fatalities.
- New York City – 222
- Los Angeles – 109
- Houston – 115
- Chicago –105
- Dallas – 93
- Miami – 92
- Boston – 75
- Atlanta – 69
- Washington D.C. / Alexandria, VA – 66
- Detroit – 62
- Philadelphia – 52
- Baltimore – 50
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