Fatal work injuries by event or exposure in 2012
August 28, 2013
There were 4,383 fatal work injuries in 2012, with transportation incidents accounting for more than 2 out of every 5 fatal injuries. Of the 1,789 transportation-related fatal injuries, about 58 percent (1,044 cases) were roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicles. Nonroadway incidents, such as a tractor overturn in a farm field, accounted for another 13 percent (227 cases) of the transportation-related fatal injuries. About 16 percent (283 cases) of fatal transportation incidents in 2012 involved pedestrians who were struck by vehicles.
|Event or exposure||Number or events or exposure|
Roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicle
Nonroadway incidents involving motorized land vehicles
Pedestrian vehicular incident
Rail vehicle incidents
Water vehicle incidents
Violence and other injuries by persons or animals
Homicides - intentional injury by other person
Self-inflicted injury - intentional
Contact with objects and equipment
Struck by object or equipment
Caught in or compressed by equipment or objects
Struck, caught, or crushed in collapsing structure, equipment, or material
Falls, slips, trips
Falls to lower level
Fall on same level
Exposure to harmful substances or environments
Exposure to electricity
Exposure to temperature extremes
Exposure to other harmful substances
Fires and explosions
Note: these data are preliminary.
There were 767 workers killed as a result of violence and other injuries by persons or animals, including 463 homicides and 225 suicides. The 2012 total for work-related suicides declined 10 percent from the 2011 total; the total for homicides was also slightly lower in 2012.
Fatal falls, slips, or trips took the lives of 668 workers in 2012, down slightly from 2011. Falls to a lower level accounted for 544 or about 81 percent of those fatalities. In 2012, the height of the fall was reported in 437 of the fatal falls to a lower level. Of those cases, about 1 in 4 occurred after a fall of 10 feet or less. Another one-fourth of the fatal-fall cases occurred from falls of over 30 feet.
In 2012, there were 712 fatal work injuries involving contact with objects and equipment (about the same as in 2011). The number of workers fatally injured after being struck by objects or equipment increased by 7 percent—from 476 fatal work injuries in 2011 to 509 in 2012.
These data are from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), which is part of the BLS Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities program. Data for 2012 are preliminary. To learn more, see "National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2012 (Preliminary Results)" (HTML) (PDF) news release USDL-13-1699.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Fatal work injuries by event or exposure in 2012 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2013/ted_20130828.htm (visited October 22, 2016).
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