Occupational Hazard

Some 4,500 people die each year in the US from work-related injuries - thats about 3.5 fatalities for every 100,000 employed Americans. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics keeps detailed track of where and how these fatalities occur. For this site we have combined the BLS data at the State level for the last available year (2010) with data from the US Census bureau to present an interactive database.


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Fatal injuries - by causing event

The work-related fatal injuries fall under one of 6 causing events: transportation incidents; assaults and violent acts; contact with objects and equipment; falls; exposure to harmful substances or environments; fires or explosions (see the BLS definitions of each event here)

Leading causes of fatal occupational injuries - percentage of total fatalities


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Showing percentage of fatal occupational injuries per event or exposure. Percentages may not add up to 100%. Source: US Bureau of Labour Statistics.

Transportation incidents - percentage of total fatalities

Showing percentage of fatal occupational injuries due to transportation incidents per state for 2010. Source: US Bureau of Labour Statistics.

Assaults and violent acts - percentage of total fatalities

Showing percentage of fatal occupational injuries due to assaults and violent acts per state for 2010. Source: US Bureau of Labour Statistics.

Contact with objects and equipment - percentage of total fatalities

Showing percentage of fatal occupational injuries due to contact with objects and equipment per state for 2010. Source: US Bureau of Labour Statistics.

Falls - percentage of total fatalities

Showing percentage of fatal occupational injuries due to falls per state for 2010. Source: US Bureau of Labour Statistics.

Exposure to harmful substances or environments - percentage of total fatalities

Showing percentage of fatal occupational injuries due to exposure to harmful substance or environments per state for 2010. Source: US Bureau of Labour Statistics.

Fires or explosions - percentage of total fatalities

Showing percentage of fatal occupational injuries due to fires or explosions per state for 2010. Source: US Bureau of Labour Statistics.

Fatal injuries - by occupation

All occupations are grouped by the BLS in one of 5 categories: natural resources/ construction/ maintenance occupations; production/ transportation/ material moving occupations; management / professional occupations; service occupations; sales / office occupations (see the BLS definition of each occupation category here)

Occupations with most fatal injuries - percentage of total fatalities

Showing percentage of fatal occupational injuries per occupation group. Percentages may not add up to 100%. Source: US Bureau of Labour Statistics.

Fatalities among management or professional occupations - per 100,000 employed

Showing number of fatal occupational injuries per 100,000 employed in management or professional occupations per state for 2010. Source: US Bureau of Labour Statistics.

Fatalities among sales or office occupations - per 100,000 employed

Showing number of fatal occupational injuries per 100,000 employed in sales or office occupations per state for 2010. Source: US Bureau of Labour Statistics.

Fatalities among natural resources, construction or maintenance occupations - per 100,000 employed

Showing number of fatal occupational injuries per 100,000 employed in natural resources, construction or maintenance occupations per state for 2010. Source: US Bureau of Labour Statistics.

Fatalities among production/transportation/material moving occupations - per 100,000 employed

Showing number of fatal occupational injuries per 100,000 employed in production, transportation or material moving occupations per state for 2010. Source: US Bureau of Labour Statistics.

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This site was created with Silk, a platform for collections of information. The available data on fatal occupational injuries from the US Bureau of Labour Statistics was combined with census data from the US Census Bureau.



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