Worker Fatality Increase in Construction, Oil and Gas

Since the number of on-the-job deaths increased from 2013 to 2014, it was reported by the Labor Department that this rate remains the same today.

Worker records show that 4,679 were fatally injured, up to 2 percent from the final data in 2013, when 4,585 died.

“Far too many people are still killed on the job – 13 workers every day taken from their families tragically and unnecessarily. These numbers underscore the urgent need for employers to provide a safe workplace for their employees as the law requires,” Labor Secretary Thomas Perez warned.

Most construction injuries were preventable falls that took the lives of 874 worker last year, which has increased from 828 the year before, according to a Bureau of Labor Statistic report.

The construction death rate is still triple the death rate among all workers from occupational injuries, which was 3.3 per 100,000 last year.

“The Department of Labor will continue to work with employers, workers, community organizations, unions and others to make sure that all workers can return home safely at the end of every day,” Perez said.

It was reported that there were 797 contracted workers who died on the job in 2014, which is up from 749 in 2013. More than half of the contractors who died last year were in construction.

Source: PAI