U.S. Labor Statistics Show 12 Workers A Day Died On The Job In 2012; New York Region Leads Country in Work Fatalities
Preliminary results from the recently released Bureau of Labor Statistics' National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) show a reduction in the number of fatal work injuries in 2012 compared with 2011. The 2012 total represents the second lowest preliminary total since CFOI was first conducted in 1992. The statistics are analyzed by different categories: worker characteristics, type of incident, industry, occupation, state and metropolitan statistical area ( MSA). The MSAs with the most fatal occupational injuries in 2012 were New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island with 178. Fatal work injuries in construction and extraction occupations rose for the second year in a row. The prevalence of fatal occupational injuries in New York and the increase in fatal wok injuries in construction and extraction occupations should go a long way to debunking the current push in Albany to ease the protections of the Labor Law.