Released Figures for 2012 Workplace Fatalities Show Fewer Deaths Except Construction

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The DOL has released the preliminary results of the 2012 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) and it shows the fewest workplace deaths in at least 20 years. Last year resulted in 4,383 fatalities which is less than a year ago (4,693 in 2011), 10 years ago (5,534 in 2002), and 20 years ago (6,217 in 1992)

Three of the four most dangerous jobs – agriculture, mining, and transportation – showed a decline, while construction bucked the trend with a small increase.

The results show declining fatalities, despite an increase in total hours worked over the last four years, because of a lowered fatal injury rate. The fatal injury rate represents the number of fatal occupational injuries per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers.

Of the top four most dangerous occupations by industry sector, only construction demonstrated an increase in the fatal injury rate for 2012.

The overall number of fatal injuries for 2012 was 4,383 deaths for 264,374,000 hours worked, for an overall fatal injury rate of 3.2. That rate has steadily declined for the last five years from 3.7 in 2008.

The major industry sector with the highest fatal injury rate “Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, and Hunting” has a fatal injury rate of 21.2 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers, dropping from 30.4 in 2008. After that, “Mining” resulted in a 15.6 rate in 2012, down from 18.1 in 2008; and “Transportation and Warehousing” was 13.3 in 2012 and 14.9 in 2008.

The “Construction” sector’s 9.5 fatal injury rate in 2012 is less than where it was in 2008, 9.7, but went up from 9.1 in 2011.

10 Most Dangerous Jobs

Logging tops the list of most dangerous jobs per hours worked with a fatal injury rate of 127.8, and includes the usual list of high risk occupations all the way down to construction laborers rounding out the top 10.

  1. Logging workers  127.8
  2. Fishers and related fishing workers  117.0
  3. Aircraft pilots and flight engineers  53.4
  4. Roofers  40.5
  5. Structural iron and steel workers  37.0
  6. Refuse and recyclable material collectors  27.1
  7. Electrical power-line installers and repairers  23.0
  8. Driver/sales workers and truck drivers  22.1
  9. Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural  21.3
  10. Construction laborers  17.4

CFOI overall table

CFOI Agriculture table

CFOI Mining table

CFOI Transportation Table

CFOI Construction Table

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