OSHA Releases Report About Fatalities in the Workplace in 2015

Thursday, December 22, 2016

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration has issued a report of fatalities in the workplace for 2015.  A total of 4,836 fatal work injuries were recorded in the United States in 2015.  This is a slight increase from the 4,821 fatal injuries reported in 2014.  This report marks the first time that the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) has published a single, 
annual release with no revisions and will be the only release for 2015 CFOI data.

The key findings of the 2015 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries determined:

  - Annual total of 4,836 fatal workplace injuries in 2015 was the highest since 5,214 fatal injuries in 2008.
  - The overall rate of fatal work injury for workers in 2015, at 3.38 per 100,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) 
    workers, was lower than the 2014 rate of 3.43. 
  - Hispanic or Latino workers incurred 903 fatal injuries in 2015—the most since 937 fatalities in 2007.
  - Workers age 65 years and older incurred 650 fatal injuries, the second-largest number for the group since 
    the national census began in 1992, but decreased from the 2014 figure of 684.
  - Roadway incident fatalities were up 9 percent from 2014 totals, accounting for over one-quarter of the fatal 
    occupational injuries in 2015. 
  - Workplace suicides decreased 18 percent in 2015; homicides were up 2 percent from 2014 totals.
  - Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers recorded 745 fatal injuries, the most of any occupation.
  - The 937 fatal work injuries in the private construction industry in 2015 represented the highest total 
    since 975 cases in 2008.
  - Fatal injuries in the private oil and gas extraction industries were 38 percent lower in 2015 than 2014.
  - Seventeen percent of decedents were contracted by and performing work for another business or government 
    entity in 2015 rather than for their direct employer at the time of the incident.

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