2016 marked the third consecutive year that workplace fatalities have risen and also marked the first time in nearly a decade that the number of workers killed on the job topped 5,000, according to the National Safety Council.
Data shows that in 2016, there were 5,190 workplace fatalities recorded in the United States, a seven-percent increase over 2015, and that rate of fatal workplace injuries rose from 3.4 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers in 2015 to 3.6 in 2016.
Transportation incidents cause the most workplace deaths in 2016, accounting for roughly one out of every four fatal injuries. Workplace violence injuries increased by a disheartening 23 percent, making it the second most common cause of workplace death.
Analysts also noted a 22-percent increase in exposure to harmful substances or environments.
Industries with an increase greater than 10 percent in fatal work injuries included:
The following information was provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):