Bloomberg Law
Dec. 16, 2020, 3:26 PM

On-the-Job Fatality Rate for 2019 Unchanged From Prior Year

Bruce Rolfsen
Bruce Rolfsen

The likelihood of dying from on-the-job injuries didn’t change in 2019, according to fatality numbers released by the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics Wednesday.

The fatality rate was 3.5 deaths for every 100,000 full-time worker equivalents. The rate was also 3.5 in 2018 and 2017 and 3.6 in 2016.

Across all occupations, 5,333 workers died in the U.S., up 2% from 5,250 in 2018, the BLS said in its report issued Dec. 14. The 5,333 deaths was the largest since 2007.

Traffic accidents continued to be the most common cause of deaths. Motor vehicle incidents accounted for 2,122 deaths, ...