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Fatal Workplace Injuries On the Rise in Illinois
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has released its final data on fatal injuries in the workplace
in the year 2010. While such on-the-job deaths have been decreasing nationwide for some time, they
are on the rise in Illinois.
According to the BLS data, released on April 25, 2012, fatal workplace injuries in Illinois increased by
30%, from a 2009 total of 158 to 206 in 2010. The report, from the BLS Census of Fatal Occupational
Injuries (CFOI) program, was released to coincide with Workers’ Memorial Day on April 28. The day
is set aside to remember American workers who were injured, made ill, or lost their lives on the job.
Nationally, workplace deaths have been decreasing steadily since the mid-1990s, from a total of 6,632
in 1994 to 4,690 in 2010. This is a slight increase from the 2009 total of 4,551, which was the lowest
ever recorded by CFOI.
The most frequent cause of a workplace death is a highway incident, with 1,044 occurring nationwide
in 2010. Other frequent causes include homicide, falling, and being struck by an object. Workplace
homicides, however, have fallen more than 50 percent since a high of 1,080 in 1994.
The largest number of workplace deaths occurred in the construction industry, but the highest rate of
fatal work injuries was in the agriculture, fishing, forestry, and hunting industry. In terms of occupation,
fishing and logging workers suffered the highest rate of on-the-job fatalities.
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This article is provided as general information and is not legal advice nor does the publishing of this literature constitute an
attorney client relationship.