Construction Deaths Reach Seven-Year High

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January 25, 2017

Citing the latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Fortune reports that there were 937 fatal work injuries in private construction in 2015, the most since 2008.

As a whole, though, workplace safety in the U.S. has improved tremendously. In 2015, non-fatal injuries decreased for the 13th consecutive year at 2.9 million, down 48,000 from the previous year. Annual deaths have also dropped from 14,000 four decades ago to around 5,000. Still, some jobs will always have some danger involved.

The profession with the highest rate of workplace accidents was logging, with 133 injuries per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers. And the profession with the highest rate of fatal accidents were truck drivers, with 885 fatal accidents per 100,000 workers.

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