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2019 workplace fatalities hits older and Hispanic workers disproportionately

The 5,333 fatal work injuries in the U.S . in 2019 was the highest number since 2007, according to a new federal Bureau of Labor Statistics report.

Key data in several categories deserve retail employers’ attention:

  • Older worker – fatalities for workers age 55 and older, 2,005, was the largest ever recorded for this age group.
  • Hispanic or Latino worker – fatalities was 1,088, an 13 % increase that’s the highest since 1992
  • Driving related fatalities – driver/sales workers incurred 1,005 fatal occupational injuries, the highest since the series began in 2003.

Other key data deserving attention:

  • Fatalities from falls, slips and trips increased 11% in 2019 to 880.
  • Exposure to harmful substances or environments led to 642 deaths, the highest figure since 2011.
  • Unintentional overdoses due to nonmedical use of drugs or alcohol increased for the seventh consecutive year to 313 in 2019.
  • Fatalities due to fires and explosive decreased 14% to 99 in 2019.

The BLS’ census of fatal occupational injuries reviewed more than 25,100 unique source documents in compiling the report.

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