Magazine article Occupational Hazards

BLS: Fatal Work Injuries Declined in 2002

Magazine article Occupational Hazards

BLS: Fatal Work Injuries Declined in 2002

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is reporting a total of 5,524 fatal work injuries in 2002, a decline of 6.6 percent from 2001.

According to the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, the count for 2002 was the lowest ever recorded by the fatality census, which has been conducted annually since 1992. The fatality rate also reached a new low of 4.0 fatal work injuries per 100,000 workers in 2002.

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In 2001, 5,915 fatal work injuries occurred, excluding the 2,886 work-related fatalities that resulted from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, which were tabulated separately.

Fatal highway incidents were down 3 percent from 2001, but continued to be the most frequent type of fatal workplace event in 2002, accounting for about a quarter of all fatal work injuries. Other types of fatal transportation events also declined, including aircraft incidents (down 22 percent) and workers struck by vehicle or mobile equipment (down 7 percent). Overall, fatal work injuries from transportation incidents declined for the fourth year in a row, from 2,645 in 1998 to 2,381 in 2002. …

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