Crane-related work deaths trended down from 1992 to 2017

June 26, 2019

There were 33 crane-related fatalities in 2017, the lowest number since we began tracking fatal work injuries in 1992. From 1992 to 2010, crane-related fatalities averaged 78 deaths a year. Between 2011 and 2017, the average fell to 42 deaths a year.

Number of fatal work injuries involving cranes
Year Fatal injuries

1992

116

1993

65

1994

81

1995

71

1996

74

1997

97

1998

93

1999

80

2000

90

2001

72

2002

80

2003

62

2004

87

2005

85

2006

72

2007

67

2008

93

2009

53

2010

39

2011

37

2012

47

2013

43

2014

48

2015

45

2016

44

2017

33

Just over half of all fatal crane injuries since 2011 involved a worker being struck by an object or equipment. Falls to a lower level made up about 14 percent, and transportation incidents about 13 percent.

This data are from the Injuries, Illneses, and Fatilities program. For more information about fatal injuries involving cranes, see our fact sheet on Fatal Occupational Injuries Involving Cranes.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Crane-related work deaths trended down from 1992 to 2017 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2019/crane-related-work-deaths-trended-down-from-1992-to-2017.htm (visited July 19, 2019).

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