In 2011, 4,609 people were fatally injured on the job, according to an annual report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That total works out to 3.5 fatal work injuries per every 100,000 full-time equivalent workers. By this count, the workplace is .1 percent safer than it was 2010.
Among the findings in the BLS' report, violence and other injuries from people and animals accounted for 780 fatalities, or about 17 percent, which includes 458 homicides and 242 suicides. In both those categories, shootings were the most frequent manner of death. Of those 780 fatalities, 37 deaths were either animal or insect related.
The BLS report found that in terms of fatal work injury rate— the number of deaths per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers— agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting are among the most deadly industries, with a rate of 24.4 per 100,000 workers.
The industry with the lowest is education and health services, with .8 per 100,000. In terms of the sheer number of work-related deaths, the industry with the most is transportation and warehousing, with a total of 733. The industry with the least is utilities, with 39 fatal work injuries.
The following 10 professions were found to have the highest fatal work injury rates. These fatal injury rates do not account for workers under 16, volunteers or resident military.
By Colleen Kane
Posted 15 November, 2012