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Number of fatal work injuries in 2020 the lowest since 2013

December 20, 2021

There were 4,764 fatal work injuries recorded in the United States in 2020, a 10.7-percent decrease from 5,333 in 2019. A worker died every 111 minutes from a work-related injury in 2020.

Number of fatal work injuries, 2010–20
Year Total number of fatal work injuries

2010

4,690

2011

4,693

2012

4,628

2013

4,585

2014

4,821

2015

4,836

2016

5,190

2017

5,147

2018

5,250

2019

5,333

2020

4,764

The fatal work injury rate in 2020 was 3.4 deaths per 100,000 full-time workers, down from 3.5 per 100,000 full-time workers in 2019.

Fatal work injury rate per 100,000 full-time workers, 2010–20
Year Fatal work injury rate per 100,000 full-time workers

2010

3.6

2011

3.5

2012

3.4

2013

3.3

2014

3.4

2015

3.4

2016

3.6

2017

3.5

2018

3.5

2019

3.5

2020

3.4

These data are from the Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities program. To learn more, see “National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2020.” We also have more charts on fatal work injuries. For information about COVID-19 and these data, see our Frequently Asked Questions on accessing our data.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Number of fatal work injuries in 2020 the lowest since 2013 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2021/number-of-fatal-work-injuries-in-2020-the-lowest-since-2013.htm (visited October 03, 2022).

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