Thursday, September 01, 2005

Fatal Workplace Injury Rate Rises, Reversing 10-year Trend

Not a good trend at all ...

"A total of 5,703 U.S. workers died from occupational injuries in 2004, an increase of two percent from the revised total of 5,575 fatalities reported in 2003, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

In its annual census of fatal occupational injuries, released Aug. 25, BLS reported that the rate of fatal injuries in the workplace also rose, from 4.0 to 4.1 per 100,000 workers, the first such increase since 1994. The number of workplace fatalities has now risen 2 years in a row. The last time this happened was1994.

Despite the rising rate and numbers of death on the job, the 2004 figure of 5,703 represents the third lowest annual total recorded by the government since it began the fatality census in 1992."   continued ...   (Via Occupational Hazards)

Bureau of Labor Statistics - User Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Ergonomics

An unpleasant trend.

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