Posted On: February 19, 2009 by Steven J. Malman

US Bureau of Labor Statistics Says 5,488 Deadly Work Injuries Occurred in 2007

In the United States, preliminary findings indicate that there were 5,488 reported deadly work injuries for 2007. This is a slight decrease from the 5,840 fatal work injuries in 2006. Final numbers, however, won’t be released until April 2009.

According to the 2007 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, there were:
• 839 deadly work falls.
• 2,234 transportation related-work accidents.
• 610 workplace homicides.
• 337 deadly work injuries involving police officers and other employees in protective service industries.
• 14% less electrocution deaths in 2007 than in 2003.
• The lowest number ever of explosion and fire-related deaths involving workers for the year.
• A decrease in construction deaths; however, there were still the most number of worker fatalities in the construction industry than in any other industry.

Fatal work falls included:
• Falls from the same level
• Roof falls
• Falls from nonmoving vehicles

Transportation deaths included:
• Workers hit by motor vehicles or mobile equipment
• Nonhighway accidents
• Railway-related deaths
• Aviation fatalities
• Watercraft-related deaths
• Highway accidents

Industries where the deadly work accidents occurred:
• Private sector
• Goods-producing industries
• Government
• Construction

Demographic profile of fatal work injuries, included:
• There was a 7% decrease in deadly work injuries involving workers age 65 and older.
• However, older workers were 3 times more likely to die in a work accident than their younger counterparts.
• 959 of the 5,488 workers who died in work accidents were not born in the United States.

If your loved one died in a work accident, you are likely entitled to workers’ compensation death benefits.

Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries Summary, 2007, Bureau of Labor Statistics

United States Department of Labor

Related Web Resources:
Illinois Department of Labor

Workers' Compensation Overview, Justia

In Illinois, to ensure that you receive all the benefits that you are owed, please contact the Chicago Law Offices of Steven J. Malman & Associates PC. Our Chicago workers’ compensation lawyers are dedicated to protecting the rights of families who have lost loved ones in Illinois work accidents. As your Illinois workers' compensation law firm, we will do everything we can so that you receive all of your death benefits.

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