Workplace Accident Statistics

Workplace Accident

Every day, thousands of Americans head to work, and do not return home at all, or are taken to the hospital seriously injured. These injuries occur not just during workplace accidents, but also as a result of occupational illnesses.

According to statistics by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2011, 4,600 American workers were killed in workplace accidents.  That works out to 3.5 fatalities for every 100,000 full-time equivalent workers in the United States.  It also works out to approximately 90 fatalities per week, or nearly 13 fatalities every day.

Some of the most frequent worker fatalities in the United States occur in the construction sector.  In 2011, as many as 17.6% of fatalities occurred in the construction sector.  This is one of the deadliest workplaces for American workers, and some of the most common causes of worker fatalities in the construction sector are falls, , struck by accidents, scaffolding accidents, trench collapses and electrocutions.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration estimates that if the risks from falls, electrician, struck by objects and “caught in/between” risks were eliminated, as many as 419 construction workers would return home safe in America every year.

Some of the most frequently cited hazards by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration also contribute to the highest number of fatalities in the country.  For instance in 2012, some of the most frequently cited standards by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration included:

  • Fall protection in construction
  • Hazard communication standards in general industry
  • Scaffolding in construction
  • Respiratory protection in general industry
  • Control of hazardous energy in general industry
  • Powered industrial trucks in general industry
  • Electrical wiring methods components and equipment in general industry
  • Ladder risks in the construction sector
  • Machines and general requirements and general industry
  • Electrical Systems design and general requirements in industry

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