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January 2023: Fatal work injuries

January 19, 2023 By     0 Comments

Each month, LP Gas provides updates on the U.S. propane market, as well as the latest trends. The data for January 2023 focuses on fatal work injuries in the U.S.


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2021

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2021

Commentary: There were 5,190 fatal work injuries recorded in the U.S. in 2021, an 8.9 percent increase from 4,764 in 2020, reports the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The fatal work injury rate was 3.6 fatalities per 100,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers, up from 3.4 per 100,000 FTE in 2020 and up from the 2019 pre-pandemic rate of 3.5.

Transportation incidents remained the most frequent type of fatal event in 2021 with 1,982 fatal injuries, an increase of 11.5 percent from 2020. This major category accounted for 38.2 percent of all work-related fatalities in 2021. Despite an increase from 2020 to 2021, transportation incidents are still down 6.6 percent from 2019 when there were 2,122 fatalities.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2021

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2021

Workers in transportation and material moving occupations experienced a high of 1,523 fatal work injuries in 2021 and represent the occupational group with the highest number of fatalities. This is an increase of 18.8 percent from 2020. The primary factor behind the increase in fatalities to workers in these occupations was a 16.3 percent increase in deaths for driver/sales workers and truck drivers, which rose to 1,032 deaths in 2021 from 887 deaths in 2020.


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