Workplace Deaths


Deaths from work injuries in the U.S. rose 7% in 2016, marking the third consecutive year deaths increased. Suicides at the workplace reached a level not seen since 1992 when the data was first collected. Work injury deaths fell 8.1% in Arkansas.

The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Tuesday that fatal work injuries totaled 5,190 in 2016, up 7% from the 4,836 in 2015. The fatal injury rate increased to 3.6 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers from 3.4 in 2015, the highest rate since 2010.

Of the deaths, 4,803 were men and 387 were women.

Workplace suicides increased by 62 to 291, and workplace homicides rose by 83 to 500. Fatal work injuries involving violence and other injuries by persons or animals increased by 163 cases to 866.   MORE

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