Manufacturing Fatalities Down

Aug. 21, 2008
Number of workers killed on the job hits five-year low

Fatal work injuries in manufacturing dropped 14% in 2007 to the lowest recorded total in five years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistic's Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries Summary (CFOI).

Last year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics recorded 392 fatal work injuries in manufacturing, which marked the lowest number since the CFOI began using the North American Industry Classification System five years ago.

Overall, 5,488 fatal work injuries were recorded in the United States in 2007, a decrease of 6% from 2006. Based on preliminary counts, the rate of fatal injuries for U.S. workers in 2007 was 3.7 fatal work injuries per 100,000 workers, down from the final rate of 4.0 per 100,000 workers in 2006.

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