For anyone on your crew who doubts the importance of following safety procedures, let them know this fact: Someone in the U.S. dies every 111 minutes from a work-related injury.
That’s your takeaway from the National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries for 2020, which was recently released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
According to the data, there were 4,764 fatal job-related deaths recorded in the U.S. in 2020. Even though the number was a 10.7% drop from the 5,333 fatal injuries in 2019, it still amounted to one death every 111 minutes.
The fatality rate for every 100,000 workers also decreased, to 3.4 in 2020 from 3.5 in 2019.
At the same time, the number of workers dying on the job went down, however, the share of Hispanic staffers who suffered fatalities jumped to 22.5% in 2020 from 20.4% in 2019.
Employees in the construction industry accounted for 1,008 deaths in 2020, or 21% of the total. Other industries with a high number of fatalities included:
• transportation and warehousing: 805
• agriculture, forestry and fishing: 511
• federal government: 415
• waste management: 413
(From the Dec. 27, 2021, issue of Safety Alert for Supervisors. To start your no-obligation trial subscription to the publication right now, please click here.)