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Updated 2012 Fatal Workplace Accident Data Released

Written by Ankin Law Office

New data regarding 2012 workplace fatalities was recently released in a Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) final report showing that the number and rate of fatal work injuries in 2012 were slightly higher than the preliminary statistics issued last summer.

The BLS final report – which was released on April 24 – states that 4,628 workers died on the job in 2012, an increase from the 4,383 originally reported last August. The rate of fatal workplace injuries per 100,000 full-time workers was also revised up to 3.4 from 3.2 as indicated in the preliminary report.

Nonetheless, the numbers still represent a decline from the previous year. According to Safety and Health Magazine, in 2011, workplace fatalities occurred at a rate of 3.5 per 100,000 full-time workers, with a total number of 4,693 workplace fatalities. Moreover, the final 2012 workplace fatality total is the second lowest total since 1992.

Other revisions in the final BLS report include:

  • Fatal roadway incidents increased by 10 percent over the preliminary figures to 1,153, which represents a 5 percent increase over 2011.
  • Workplace fatalities for Hispanic workers were revised upward by 40 to 748, which is about the same as 2011.
  • The private construction industry saw a net increase of 31 fatal worker injuries for a total of 806 in 2012, which is a 9 percent increase over 2011.

In its initial report issued last year, BLS reported that nearly 3 million workplace injuries and illnesses were reported by private industry employers in 2012. Among these injuries, 2.1 million (75.2 percent) occurred in service-providing industries, which employed 82.4 percent of the private industry workforce. The remaining injuries (24.8 percent) occurred in goods-producing industries, which accounted for 17.6 percent of private industry employment in 2012.

Although the number of workplace fatalities is continuing its downward trend, a new report from the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (NCOSH) suggests that most workplace deaths in this country are preventable. In its report, NCOSH offers several suggested approaches that could be taken to reduce exposures to hazardous conditions, including comprehensive injury/illness prevention programs and increased federal oversight over state OSHA programs, among several others.

The Chicago workplace accident lawyers at Ankin Law Office, LLC are dedicated to helping injured employees, the families of deceased workers, obtain the full and fair worker’s compensation benefits and personal injury damages to which they are entitled. If you were injured or a loved one died in a workplace accident, contact one of our Chicago workplace accident lawyers at (312) 600-0000 to learn more about worker’s compensation benefits.