Last year, 5,071 Americans died on the job due to injuries. That’s down more than 10% from 2007, and is the lowest workplace fatality total since the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the number in 1992. The decline was due, in part, to the recession reducing the number of people on the job.
Fatal injuries were caused by transportation incidents (40%), contact with objects/equipment (18%), violent acts (16%), falls (13%), exposure to harmful substances (9%) and fires/explosions (3%).
One disturbing trend: The number of suicides committed at the workplace jumped 28% last year to 251, the highest number ever recorded in a year.