Latest BLS report reveals highest annual rate since 2016
January 5, 2023
There were 5,190 fatal work injuries recorded in the United States in 2021, an 8.9 percent increase from 4,764 in 2020, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Dec. 16, 2022. The stats reveal it was the highest annual rate since 2016. One worker died every 101 minutes from a work-related injury in 2021.
Knowing how many, who and where injuries or disease are occurring is a basic premise of preventing injuries and illnesses. If we don’t have accurate information on injury/illness occurrence, we don’t know how many resources to devote, what action(s) to take or whether the action we do take is effective.