The US Dept of Labor has recently released the preliminary 2008 census of fatal occupational injuries.
A total of 5,071 fatal work injuries were recorded in 2008, but this is the smallest number of annual fatalities reported since this census began in 1992.
• Fatal injuries in private construction down 20%
• Number of fatal work injuries for 16-17 year olds rose in 2008
• Transportation incidents (which account for 2/5 of all workplace fatalities) fell 13%
Many believe the economy has a hand in seeing workplace fatalities drop overall. This is simply because people are taken out of the workforce and there are fewer vehicles on the road. At the same time, people are becoming more educated in workplace safety – this includes employers as well as employees.