Fewer workers were killed on the job in 2007

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has announced that the number of workers killed on the job annually dropped to 5,488 in 2007. That is a 6 percent decrease from 5,840 deaths in 2006 and the fewest since BLS began tracking the data in 1992.

However, there were increases in some types of fatal injuries. The number of workplace homicides rose by 13 percent to 610 (following an all-time low in 2006), and a record 835 workers died from falls.

According to BLS, the most dangerous jobs in the U.S. are fishers and related fishing workers with a rate of 111.8 fatal injuries per 100,000 workers; logging workers with a rate of 86.4; aircraft pilots and flight engineers with a rate of 66.7; and structural iron and steel workers with a rate of 45.5.

Construction continued to have the most deaths of any private-sector industry in 2007 with 1,178; however, that is a 5 percent decrease from 1,239 deaths in 2006. In 2007, there were 10.3 fatal work injuries for every 100,000 construction workers.

Overall, in 2007 there were 3.7 fatal injuries for every 100,000 workers in the U.S., the lowest annual rate ever reported by the fatality census. This could be a sign that working to promote safety in the workplace is effective.

"This is continued evidence that the initiatives and programs to protect workers' safety and health, designed by and implemented in this administration, are indeed working," says U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao.

Date : 8/21/2008