According to results from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), workplace-related injuries have seen a small decline in recent years. Preliminary figures show the rate of fatal work injuries for U.S. workers in 2013 was 3.2 per 100,000 full-time workers, compared to 3.4 per 100,000 in 2012.
While final 2013 data has yet to be released (forthcoming in spring 2015), key preliminary findings of the 2013 census include the following:
- Fatal work injuries in private industry in 2013 were 6% below the 2012 figure
- The preliminary 2013 count of 3,929 fatal injuries in private industry represents the lowest annual total since the fatality census was first conducted in 1992
- Fatal work injuries involving workers under 16 years of age were substantially lower, falling from 19 in 2012 to 5 in 2013—the lowest total ever reported by the census
- Fatal work injuries in most other age groups were also lower in 2013, though fatal work injuries among workers 25 to 34 years of age were higher
However, additional BLS statistics show nearly 3 million workplace-related injuries and illnesses occurred during the year 2012; as a result, many organizations are increasingly focused on workplace safety, including ergonomic solutions to safety.
Ergonomics in the workplace, such as Lista’s Arlink 8000 Modular Work Station System, can lead to healthy working conditions and reduce repetitive strain injuries, occupational diseases, and accidents, all of which can impact an employee’s ability to work and result in higher costs for the employer.