Friday, August 11, 2006

Workplace Fatalities Down 1 Percent from 2004

A little good news ...

"The Bureau of Labor Statistics released its Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2005 on Aug. 10, which found that 62 more employees than the previous year survived the workday.

The number of workplace fatalities totaled 5,702 in 2005, down from 5,764 in 2004. The fatality rate also declined last year to 4.0 per 100,000 employees, down from 4.1 in 2004.

In other good news, fatal falls declined by 7 percent – the bad news being that 2004 marked an all-time high for such injuries. Fatal falls among roofers, a group targeted by many OSHA outreach programs across the country, dropped by 44 percent in 2005.

The lowest-ever annual total for fatalities among women workers – 402 – was recorded in 2005, but fatalities among Hispanic workers continued to rise, possibly due in part to the increased employment of Hispanics in the workforce. When the increased number of Hispanic workers is taken into consideration, says OSHA, fatalities per capita are down for that worker population.

The bad news is an increase of fatal work injuries among worker under 20 years of age were up about 18 percent from 2004, for a total of 166 fatalities in 2005. Fatalities among agricultural workers were up 23 percent – from 145 in 2004 to 178 in 2005. "   (Continued via Occupational Hazards)

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