The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has released preliminary results from its National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries that show the number of fatal work injuries decreased in 2012.
In 2012, 4,383 workers died from work-related injuries compared with a final count of 4,693 fatal work injuries in 2011. Based on preliminary counts, the rate of fatal workplace injuries in 2012 was 3.2 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers compared with a rate of 3.5 per 100,000 in 2011.
In response to the data, Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez issued a statement discussing the poor safety conditions that cause fatal injuries in the workplace each year. Although he applauded the reduction in fatalities in 2012, he said there still are steps to be taken to improve safety in the workplace.
“Employers must take job hazards seriously and live up to their legal and moral obligation to send their workers home safe every single day,” Perez said in his statement. “The Labor Department is committed to preventing these needless deaths, and we will continue to engage with employers to make sure these fatality numbers go down further. No worker should lose their life for a paycheck.”