Posted On: August 19, 2010 by Steven J. Malman

With Unemployment Hitting a Record High, the Number of US Workplace Deaths Dropped 17% in 2009

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, US workplace deaths dropped 17% last year to hit a record low –largely in part to the decline in construction deaths and as unemployment rates reached their highest level in 25 years.

Across industries, there were 4,340 worker fatalities last year, down from the 5,214 worker deaths in 2008. Also, construction worker deaths among private construction companies went down 16%.

More US Worker Fatality Statistics:
• Workplace fatalities among blacks went down from 533 in 2008 to 407 last year.
• Deaths involving white workers went down 16% to 3,059.
• The number of homicides at work declined by 1% to 521 fatalities—80% of the deaths involved shootings.
• Workplace suicides dropped 9.9% to 237 deaths.
• Transportation accidents were once again the number one cause of worker deaths—20% took place on highways.
• Agriculture, fishing, forestry, and hunting deaths dropped from 672 in 2008 to 551 worker deaths last year.
• There were 278 crop production-related deaths last year.

The biggest workers’ compensation insurers last year in terms of policy sales were Liberty Mutual Group Inc., Travelers Cos., National Association of Insurance Commissioners, American International Group Inc., and Hartford Financial Services Group Inc.

Illinois Workers’ Compensation
Who was at fault should not be a factor when it comes to receiving Illinois workers’ compensation benefits. Under state law, workers injured on the job are entitled to work injury benefits from their employer’s insurer. It is unfortunate that sometimes disputes arise over whether or not these benefits are warranted. Our Chicago, Illinois workers’ compensation lawyers are here to fight for our clients so that they can receive the benefits owed to them.

Worker Fatalities Fall 17% on Decline in Construction Deaths, Bloomberg, August 19,2 2010

Bureau of Labor Statistics, US Department of Labor

Related Web Resources:
Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission

Illinois Department of Labor

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