Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries Summary, 2013

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Economic News Release, USDL-14-1674, September 11, 2014

A preliminary total of 4,405 fatal work injuries were recorded in the United States in 2013, lower than the revised count of 4,628 fatal work injuries in 2012, according to results from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The rate of fatal work injury for U.S. workers in 2013 was 3.2 per 100,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers, compared to a final rate of 3.4 per 100,000 in 2012. Final 2013 data from CFOI will be released in the late spring of 2015. Over the last 5 years, net increases to the preliminary count have averaged 165 cases, ranging from a low of 84 in 2011 to a high of 245 in 2012. The revised 2011 figure was 2 percent higher than the preliminary total, while the 2012 figure was 6 percent higher. …

…Fatal occupational injuries among government workers were higher by 5 percent to 476 fatal work injuries in 2013, up from 453 in 2012. Both federal government and local government had higher fatal work injury totals in 2013 (up 19 percent and 10 percent, respectively), though fatal injuries among state government workers were lower by 22 percent….