The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics conducted a program, the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, to determine the number of fatal work injuries recorded in the United States. According to the results, a preliminary total of 4,547 workers sustained fatal work injuries in 2010. This amounts to a rate of 3.5 deaths per 100,000 full-time workers. The news release is available at http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cfoi.nr0.htm.
Broken out by industry, some industries, such as the private mining industry, reported substantial rises in fatal work injuries while other industries, such as the private construction sector, recognized declines. Work-related fatalities resulting from fires more than doubled.
Most employers engaged in industries that are known to be high-risk (such as the construction, mining, and transportation industries) implement numerous strategies and programs to ensure the safety of their workers. However, all employers need to be aware that fatal injuries can occur in low-risk situations, too. For example, employees may be fatally injured in car accidents while traveling on sales calls or fatally injured in workplace fires. Therefore, all employers should take steps to promote the safety of their workers. To speak to a Dallas employment attorney about an employer’s responsibilities to ensure a safe workplace or about another workplace legal matter, contact the employment law firm of Clouse Dunn LLP at [email protected].
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