The Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries—or the CFOI—was released on a preliminary basis back in September of 2014, after data had been collected, and it found that there were 4,405 fatal injuries during the year. However, revisions have now been made and the new total has been released, showing that there were even more injuries than previously thought. The final count stands at 4,585.
While this includes injuries in Pennsylvania, the overall count is for the entire United States.
Despite this increase, the numbers are going down. These reports were first put out back in 1992. Since that time, there has only been one other year with a lower total amount of fatal injuries than 2013.
Additionally, there were 3.4 fatal injuries in 2012 for every 100,000 workers on the job. In 2013, that number fell to 3.3. It’s not a huge move, but it does show a continual downward trend.
The study takes into account only full-time equivalent workers.
It’s interesting to note, however, that these trends don’t apply to all groups. For instance, 817 Hispanic or Latino workers were fatally injured in 2013, while only 748 were fatally injured in 2012. This means that the rate for these workers actually went up by a full 9 percent, even as the overall numbers fell. When looking at percentages based on every 100,000 workers, the rate for Hispanic or Latino workers also went up from 3.7 in 2012 to 3.9 in 2013.
No matter what group you fall into, it’s very important to know about your rights to compensation if you have lost a loved one in a fatal workplace accident.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Revisions to the 2013 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) counts,” accessed Oct. 09, 2015