The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently announced the latest fatal work injury data for 2021. Notable updates include:

  • There were 5,190 fatal work injuries recorded in the United States in 2021, an 8.9% increase from 4,764 in 2020
  • The fatal work injury rate was 3.6 fatalities per 100,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers, up from 3.4 per 100,000 FTE in 2020 and up from the 2019 pre-pandemic rate of 3.5
  • A worker died every 101 minutes from a work-related injury in 2021
  • Work-related fatalities due to falls, slips, and trips increased 5.6% in 2021, from 805 fatalities in 2020 to 850 in 2021
  • Exposure to harmful substances or environments led to 798 worker fatalities in 2021, the highest figure since the series began in 2011

You can view the news release by clicking here. You can view the BLS’s Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities page by clicking here.

View BLS’s Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities Page


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Jon Knight

Jon Knight leads the NASP Team’s media creation department. He has been involved with workplace safety training since 2017 with a focus on course creation. He also provides video production and voiceovers for NASP content.
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