Manufacturing is unremarkable, when the Government talks about workplace fatalities.
That’s a good thing!
The real good news in the latest BLS report is that “the number of fatal work injuries in both the private and public sectors declined by 17% in 2009.”
The preliminary total for 2009 was 4340, down from 5214 fatal workplace injuries in 2008.
While economic factors certainly played a part, we believe that the 17% decrease in fatalities is more than just a reflection of the 6% decrease in hours worked in 2009 vs 2008.
The four most frequent types of fatal workplace injuries 1992-2009, according to the BLS are Highway incidents, Homicides, Falls, and Struck by Object.
For the record, Manufacturing accounted for 304 fatal work injuries, and a fatal work injury rate of 2.2 per 100,000 full time equivalent workers hours worked.
Get the BLS news release.