The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recently released its workplace injury and death data for 2013. The numbers show that work-related deaths dropped 17 percent in 2012 in New Jersey and the New York metropolitan area, according to a recent article in the Insurance Journal.
The total number of deaths measured by the study was 152 in 2013, compared to 184 deaths in the same geographic area in 2012. The five-year average for yearly work-related deaths was 163 per year, although the number has ranged from a high of 236 deaths in 2014 to a low of 145 deaths in 2010, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The trade, transportation, and utilities sectors accounted for 51 of the total deaths in 2013, while the construction industry had 36.
The U.S. as a whole saw about 4,405 work-related deaths in 2013, according to the BLS statistics. This number represents a decrease of about 200 deaths from the revised totals posed in 2012 by the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI). The CFOI program expects to release final numbers for 2013 in mid-2015.
Other large metropolitan areas nationwide had higher numbers of deaths, including Los Angeles, with 102 work-related fatalities in 2013. Urban areas of New Jersey, especially those closest to New York, experienced higher rates of fatalities than the southern half of the state.
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