Dept. of Labor census shows fatal work injuries are down

August 29, 2013

Preliminary results from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries show a reduction in the number of fatal work injuries in 2012 compared with 2011.

Last year 4,383 workers died from work-related injuries, down from 4,693 fatal work injuries in 2011. Based on preliminary counts, the rate of fatal workplace injuries in 2012 was 3.2 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers, down from a rate of 3.5 per 100,000 in 2011.

"Workers in this country have the right to return home safe and healthy at the end of a workday. Despite that right, poor safety conditions cause thousands of people each year to lose their lives at work," said Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez.

"I am greatly encouraged by the reduction in workplace fatalities, even in a growing economy," he continued. "Through collaborative education and outreach efforts, and effective law enforcement, these numbers indicate that we are absolutely moving in the right direction.

"Employers must take job hazards seriously and live up to their legal and moral obligation to send their workers home safe every single day. The Labor Department is committed to preventing these needless deaths, and we will continue to engage with employers to make sure that these fatality numbers go down further."