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A Closer Look at BLS' Findings on 2009 Workplace Fatalities - II

The previous workers' compensation defense post explored the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recent release of the 2009 National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI).

According to the CFOI, the total number of recorded fatal work injuries declined precipitously in 2009 thanks to the current state of the economy. Specifically, the survey found that there was a significant reduction in the total number of hours worked in 2009 (six percent), and that this reduction coupled with high unemployment rates translated into less people working and being subjected to workplace hazards.
(Please see "A Closer Look at the BLS' Findings on 2009 Workplace Fatalities" for more information.

Today's post will continue this discussion of the CFOI ...

As previously stated, the CFOI is an extensive undertaking. It uses information provided by "diverse state, federal and independent data sources to identify, verify and describe" fatal work injuries.

The survey itself encompasses a vast array of preliminary findings and profiles. For instance, it breaks the statistics regarding fatal workplace injuries down by industry/sector, occupation, types of incident, demographic characteristics and geography.

A complete analysis of the 2009 CFOI is beyond the scope of our blog. However, it is still worthwhile to examine some of the survey's more remarkable preliminary findings:

• The total number of work-related fatalities for salaried workers and wage workers declined by 20 percent
• The total number of work-related fatalities for self-employed workers declined by three percent
• The total number of work-related fatalities in the construction sector declined by 16 percent
• The construction sector had the largest number of recorded fatalities per industry: 816
• The total number of fatal transportation accidents declined by 21 percent
• Truck drivers had the largest number of recorded fatalities per occupation: 586

Why are these figures so important for employers?

Employers in all industries should take the time to review the 2009 CFOI and consider implementing measures to prevent both workplace fatalities and serious workplace injuries.

Stay tuned for further developments in the area of workers' compensation defense law ...

Related Resources:
• National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2009 (Preliminary Results) (Bureau of labor Statistics)

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