Reprinted from AIHA.org weekly E-ssential Connection email dated September 2, 2008:
Workplace fatalities fell by 6 percent in 2007, dropping to the lowest level since the government began tracking such data in 1992, according to a Bureau of Labor Statistics report released in August. The report said there were 5,488 fatal work injuries last year, down from 5,840 in 2006 and 6,217 in 1992.
Workplace deaths involving transportation, which typically account for nearly half of all on-the-job fatalities, fell to 2,234, the lowest number since the government started compiling the numbers, the report said.
Deaths involving electrocutions, fires and explosions also dropped significantly last year as well.
According to the report, the four occupations with the highest fatality rates in 2007 were fishing workers, loggers, aircraft pilots and flight engineers, and structural iron and steel workers.