The Bureau of Labor Statistics has published the final Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) last month, with workplace deaths totaling 4,821 for the year. The highest since 2008, this yearly total amounts to 3.4 injuries for every 100,000 full-time employees. The figures represent updates to the preliminary data, which was released in September 2015.
There were 899 deaths in the private construction industry, 25 higher than preliminary data. Also seeing increases from the original data numbers are the number of fatal injuries at work among Hispanics or Latinos (804), and those in private mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (183).
Other updates pertained to fatality rates in the following categories, which were higher than those reported in preliminary data:
- Work injuries among employees aged 55 and up (increased to 1,691 from 1,621)
- Road-related injuries (increased to 1,157 from 1,075)
- Fatal falls, slips, trips (increased to 818 from 793)
The CFOI has been compiled since 1992. Preliminary data for 2015 is scheduled to be released on December 16, 2016.
For more information, read the BLS summary and press release.