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Fatal injuries from ladders down in 2020; nonfatal ladder injuries were essentially unchanged

April 25, 2022

In 2020, there were 161 fatal work injuries from which ladders were the primary source. This was a 5.8-percent decline from 2019 (171 deaths). There were 105 deaths specifically from movable ladders in 2020 and 5 deaths from fixed ladders.

Fatal work injuries due to ladders, all ownerships, 2016–20
Year Ladders, total Movable ladders

2016

183 142

2017

156 115

2018

145 109

2019

171 126

2020

161 105

Nonfatal ladder injuries resulting in at least one day away from work were essentially unchanged in 2020. There were 22,710 injuries where the primary source of the injury was a ladder in 2020, compared with 22,330 in 2019. Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations had 5,790 injuries where the primary source was a ladder. Construction and extraction occupations had 5,370 ladder injuries, and service occupations had 3,160.

Nonfatal workplace injuries involving days away from work, with ladders as the primary source, for occupational groups, all ownerships, 2020
Occupational group Nonfatal injuries

Installation, maintenance, and repair

5,790

Construction and extraction

5,370

Service

3,160

Sales and related

2,680

Transportation and material moving

1,670

Production

1,360

Management, business, and financial

1,060

Farming, fishing, and forestry

660

Office and administrative support

340

Healthcare practitioners and technical

300

Computer engineering and science

190

Education, legal, community service, arts, and media

140

These data are from the Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities program. To learn more about fatal injuries, see “National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2020.” We also have more charts on fatal work injuries. To learn more about nonfatal injuries and illnesses, see “Employer-Reported Workplace Injuries and Illnesses – 2020” and charts on nonfatal injuries and illnesses. The primary source refers to the object, substance, exposure, or bodily motion responsible for a workplace death. Explanation of primary source is in the Occupational Injury and Illness Classification Manual.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Fatal injuries from ladders down in 2020; nonfatal ladder injuries were essentially unchanged at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2022/fatal-injuries-from-ladders-down-in-2020-nonfatal-ladder-injuries-were-essentially-unchanged.htm (visited August 18, 2022).

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