BLS reports increase in workplace fatalities in 2016
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has released its Census of 2016 Fatal Occupational Injuries, which reports there
were 5,190 workplace fatalities in 2016—a 7 percent increase from 2015, according to www.osha.gov. Additionally,
the fatal injury rate also increased from 3.4 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers in 2015 to 3.6 in 2016.
More workers lost their lives in transportation incidents than any other event in 2016, accounting for about 25 percent
of fatal injuries. Workplace violence injuries increased by 23 percent, making it the second most common cause of
workplace fatalities. The report also shows the number of overdoses on the job increased by 32 percent in 2016, and the
number of fatalities has increased by at least 25 percent annually since 2012.
"Today's occupational fatality data show a tragic trend with the third consecutive increase in worker fatalities in
2016—the highest since 2008. America's workers deserve better, said Loren Sweatt, OSHA's deputy assistant
secretary, in a statement regarding the report. "The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is committed to
finding new and innovative ways of working with employers and employees to improve workplace safety and health. OSHA
will work to address these trends through enforcement, compliance assistance, education and training, and
"As President Trump recognized by declaring opioid abuse a Nationwide Public Health Emergency, the nation's opioid
crisis is impacting Americans every day at home and, as this data demonstrates, increasingly on the job," the statement
continued. "The Department of Labor will work with public and private stakeholders to help eradicate the opioid crisis
as a deadly and growing workplace issue."