Fatal Work Injuries in N.Y. Metro Area Declined in 2013: BLS

By | February 18, 2015

Work-related fatal injuries in the New York metropolitan area (the New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, N.Y.-N.J.-Pa. Metropolitan Statistical Area) totaled 152 in 2013, according to preliminary data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

The 2013 figure was down 32, or 17 percent, from the final 2012 count of 184 fatalities, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Feb. 12.

Men accounted for 144, or 95 percent, of the work-related fatalities in the New York area.

Fatal occupational injuries in the New York area have ranged from a high of 236 in 2004 to a low of 145 in 2010. Over the last five years, the annual average number of fatalities in the area was 163, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Nationwide, a preliminary total of 4,405 fatal work injuries were recorded in the U.S. in 2013, down from a revised count of 4,628 fatal work injuries in 2012, according to results from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) program. Final 2013 CFOI data will be released in spring 2015.

In 2013, the New York metropolitan area had the largest population nationally and placed first in the number of work-related fatalities among the 10 largest metropolitan statistical areas in the U.S. The next most populated area in the country, Los Angeles, had the next highest number of workplace fatalities (102) in 2013.

The trade, transportation, and utilities sector (including retail trade, transportation and warehousing) had the largest number of fatalities in the New York area with 51 in 2013. The construction sector (including construction of buildings and heavy and civil engineering construction) had 36 fatalities.

Frequent Fatal Events

Of the 152 fatal work injuries recorded in the New York metropolitan area in 2013, 49 resulted from transportation incidents; 25 of these were roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicles, and 16 were pedestrian vehicular incidents. Transportation incidents were the most frequent fatal event in eight of the 10 largest metropolitan areas in 2013, including New York.

Violence and other injuries by person or animals was the second-most frequent fatal event in the New York metropolitan area, accounting for 38 fatalities, or one out of every four work-related deaths, in 2013. In this category, 22 fatalities were intentional injuries caused by other persons (homicides). Intentional self-inflicted injuries led to 14 fatalities.

Fall, slips, and trips were the third-most frequent fatal event in the New York area, resulting in 31 fatalities. Among them, 25 involved falls to a lower level. Fall on same level due to slipping led to 3 fatalities.

Exposure to harmful substances or environments was the fourth-most frequent fatal event in the New York area, resulting in 13 fatalities. Among them, exposure to electricity led to 5 fatalities. Exposure to harmful substances, including unintentional overdose from non-medical use of drugs or alcohol, led to 6 fatalities.

Source: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
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