According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the United States saw an increase in fatal occupational injuries in 2015 from the previous year, although the rate of fatal work injuries has fallen. Here is additional information regarding on the job accidents in 2015.
A total of 4,836 people sustained fatal workplace injuries in 2015. This number was the highest total since 2008, when 5,214 people died on the job. However, the overall rate of fatal work injury lowered from 2014 – 3.38 per 100,000 full-time equivalent in 2015 compared to 3.43 in 2014. The total number of fatalities increased by 15 from 2014 to 2015
In the state of Texas, fatal work injuries decreased from 531 to 527 in 2015, although the fatal injury rate (4.5 per 100,000 FTE) stayed the same. Texas has the highest number of fatal work injury incidents in the country.
Fatal injuries in the construction and extraction industries rose two percent in 2015, with 924 workers fatally injured on the job. This is the highest number since 2008. Fatal falls accounted for nearly 40 percent of fatal work injuries in the private construction industry in 2015. Workers were fatally struck by an object or equipment 519 times in 2015, the most common object being a plant, tree, or vegetation (110).