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More workers died on the job in 2013 than originally reported


The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on Wednesday released revised worker fatality data showing that 4,585 workers died on the job in 2013, up from the preliminary count of 4,405 reported in September 2014.

The numbers showed that farming, fishing, forestry and hunting occupations remain the most lethal per capita, with 500 employees killed in 2013, equaling a rate of 23.2 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers.

On an overall basis, the most workers were killed in the transportation and warehousing industry, which saw 733 workers killed in 2013, for a rate of 14.0 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers.

BLS also analyzed the data by cause of fatality, with transportation accidents the leading cause of death with 1,865 fatalities, up from the 1,740 reported in September. “Falls, slips, trips” were the second-leading cause of death at 724, followed by “contact with objects and equipment” at 721 fatalities.

The data revealed a widespread gender disparity, with male workers dying at 5.4 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers, compared with a rate of 0.5 for female workers. Moreover, older workers fared worse, according to the data. Workers over 65 had a fatality rate of 9.2, compared with a rate of 2.5 for workers between 25 and 34 years old.

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