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Fatal Injury Statistics
Fatal injuries are often caused by unintentional injuries that may or may not occur at work. The most common injuries that cause fatalities vary by age. However, fatal injury statistics usually involve the following injury types:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Burns/fire accidents
- Injuries from firearms
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that poisoning is the most common fatal injury overall, but it only becomes the top cause of fatalities when the victim is over age 24. Motor vehicle accidents are also the second-most-common fatal injury overall. It is also the most common fatal injury for those between the ages of 5 and 24.
Unintentional poisoning occurs when a person ingests any substance that can be harmful to the body if the skin soaks up too much, or if too much of the substance is eaten, injected, or inhaled. It can include taking too much of a prescription medication as well. Unintentional poisoning claims roughly 40,000 lives each year.
Motor vehicle accidents result in over 30,000 deaths every year. In 2015, there were 35,092 deaths on United States roadways. Passenger and light truck occupant fatalities are the highest they have been since 2009. Motorcycle fatalities are also the highest they have been since 2012. Pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities have both increased by nearly 10 percent from 2014 to 2015 as well.
Falls round out the top three most common causes of unintentional fatal injuries. Like motor vehicle accidents, they result in roughly 30,000 deaths each year. However, falls are more likely to occur in those over age 65. In fact, over 27,000 fatalities for those over age 65 in 2014 were caused by falls.
Work-Related Fatal Injury Statistics
There were roughly 2.9 million non-fatal work injuries in 2015. In 2014, 4,821 workers lost their lives on the job. That means that there is an average of 92 worker deaths per week or over 13 deaths each day. Contractors account for roughly 17 percent of those killed on the job, making them one of the most prominent types of workers affected by fatal work injuries. Over 20 percent of fatal injuries are related to the construction industry.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration notes that if the following “Fatal Four” accident types were avoided, roughly 545 worker lives would be saved each year.
- Struck by object
- Caught in or between equipment, objects, etc.
Men are far more likely to be fatally injured at work compared to women. Most workers who are fatally injured are between the ages of 45 and 54. Transportation incidents consistently produce the most fatal work injuries year after year as well.