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A Closer Look at BLS' Findings on 2010 Workplace Fatalities - II

The previous workers' compensation defense post explored the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recent release of the 2010 National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI).

According to the CFOI, the total number of recorded fatal work injuries in 2010 was nearly identical to 2009 thanks in large part to the continuing struggles of our nation's economy. Specifically, the survey determined that even though the total number of hours worked in 2010 increased slightly, "high-risk" industries continued to see a decline in the number of hours worked. Consequently, there were less people working and being subjected to workplace hazards in sectors with historically higher fatality rates.

Please see "A Closer Look at the BLS' Findings on 2010 Workplace Fatalities" for more information.

Today's post will continue this discussion of the 2010 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 2010 CFOI is clearly 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 rose by two percent
  • The total number of work-related fatalities for self-employed workers declined by six percent
  • The total number of work-related fatalities in the private construction sector declined by 10 percent
  • The construction sector once again had the largest number of recorded fatalities per industry: 751
  • The total number of fatal transportation accidents declined only slightly but still accounted for 2 out of every 5 work-related fatalities
  • Truck drivers had the largest number of recorded fatalities per occupation: 683

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 ...

This post was provided for informational purposes only and is not to be construed as legal advice.

Related Resources:

U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, "National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2010 (Preliminary Results)" Aug. 25, 2011

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