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Report releases 2012 workplace fatality statistics

An arm of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has published data from 2012 concerning the private industry. The Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, which compares employment statistics each year, is part of the BLS Injuries, Illnesses and Fatalities program. According to the most recent issue of the report, 2012 saw increases in the number of workplace fatalities for several industries. This likely means that injuries were up across the board, underscoring the value of workers' compensation benefits for many people in Orlando, Florida.

Data from 2012 in its preliminary form has been released and is indicating that several industries saw more fatalities last year than in years prior. According to the report, the private construction industry saw 775 fatal work injuries in 2012, an increase of five percent over 2011. That number was the highest figure for workplace fatalities in any major industry for 2012. Still, the figure remains 37 percent lower than it was in 2006. Employees in this field should remain observant in their working environments. The private industry as a whole saw a decrease of six percent from 2011, bringing the number of fatalities down to 3,945.

The report broke the fatalities for 2012 down to specific industries, as well as larger umbrella categories like service- and good-producing sectors. Despite the increase in construction fatalities, both types of production industries saw declines. The service-producing sectors include such categories as trade, transportation and utilities. All three of these sectors accounted for a combined 1,152 fatal workplace injuries. This was down from 2011, during which these industries saw 1,246 workplace deaths. The transportation and warehousing sector, a subset of the larger trade, transportation and utilities, saw 677 of the fatalities. This figure was ten percent lower than it was in 2011.

Regardless of what industry you work in, injuries are possible. This is why workers' compensation benefits are so important and should be understood by employees who run the risk of suffering injuries from workplace accidents.

WorkersCompensation.com, "Workplace Fatalities In Construction Increase For The First Time Since 2006" No author given, Aug. 27, 2013

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