Crane Institute of America

Worker Fatalities on the Rise?

On August 22, 2013 the Bureau of Labor Statistics released the preliminary results of the National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2012. When talking about occupational fatalities, you probably think there can’t be any good news. If you look at the report, you’ll see there was a decrease in fatal work injuries from 4,693 in 2011 to 4,383 in 2012. It may not seem like much but think about this; a .2 differential means more workers were able to return home safely.

The area with the highest fatal injuries is construction in the private sector. The number rose from 738 in 2011 to 755 in 2012; that’s a 5% increase. The good news here is that since 2006 fatal injuries in construction is down 37%.

Unfortunately, the report doesn’t break down the events that caused the fatal injuries within a single occupation. However, it does show that ‘Falls, Slips, and Trips’ accounted for 15% of fatal injuries and ‘Struck by object or equipment’ accounted for 12%.

We hope the overall decrease in fatal injuries in construction since 2006 is contributed to proper training for employees. Crane Institute of America offers unparalleled training programs  for operators, inspectors, supervisors and managers, trainers, riggers, and signalpersons.

As a final message to all employers, let’s continue this downward trend of fatal occupational injuries. Make sure your employees are properly trained by a reputable company.