Work fatalities on the increase in the U.S.

Transportation related deaths still most common

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It’s a phenomenon that we also see in Australia – most work-related deaths occur on the roads.

Data out of the U.S. shows that in 2017, of the 5,190 people who went to work and didn’t come home – 40% (2,076) were killed in transportation accidents.

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Overall, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, show fatal work injuries in the U.S. last year reached 5,190 – a 7% increase from the previous year.

It was the third consecutive annual jump in fatal work injuries and marked the first time in nearly a decade that the number of work-related deaths surpassed 5,000.

Violence committed by people or animals increased 23% to become the second-leading cause of work-related deaths.

Workplace homicides increased by 83 to reach 500 and workplace suicides increased by 62 to reach 291.

On-the-job overdoses from non-medical use of drugs or alcohol increased, and fall, slip and trip deaths increased 6% and totalled 849 deaths.

In Australia, the 2017 statistics are yet to be released by SafeWork Australia, however the agency has reported 39% of Australian worker fatalities were due to a vehicle collision between 2003 and 2016.

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