More American Workers Died on the Job in 2015
A recent report has revealed that more Americans died on the job in 2015 than in the previous six years. The report reveals that older and Hispanic workers may be at greater risk of fatal injury than other groups, and that the single most dangerous profession in the country doesn’t happen on a construction site.
Each year, the US government’s Bureau of Labor Statistics compiles a report detailing the number of workers who died on the job, the causes of those deaths, and the demographic groups who were more or less likely to die on the job. The report for 2015 was recently released and revealed that 4,836 workers were fatally injured on the job that year. This is the highest number of fatal injuries received on the job since 2008, when 5,214 workers were killed. The vast majority of those killed on the job—93%–were men. Older workers were more likely to be killed than any other demographic group; 650 workers over age 65 received fatal injuries at work. This is the second-highest recorded number of workers over 65 to be killed in a single year. Also found particularly vulnerable were Hispanic and African-American workers, of which 903 and 495 died on the job, respectively.
The most common cause of fatal injury at work was also one of the most common causes of accidental deaths in the country at large: roadway incidents. Fatalities on the road accounted for 26% of all worker deaths in 2015. As a result, the single job that killed the highest number of workers was that of heavy truck and tractor-trailer driving; these workers experienced 745 deaths in 2015. 937 private construction workers were fatally injured in 2015, making it the highest total number of deaths since the 975 construction workers who were killed on the job in 2008.
Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez expressed concern over these high numbers of fatalities. “These numbers underscore the urgent need for employers to provide a safe workplace for their employees as the law requires. We have a moral responsibility to make sure that workers who showed up to work today are still alive to punch the clock tomorrow.”
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