US Labor Dept.: Manufacturing workplace fatalities increased in 2014

By Andy Szal, for

Sep 18, 2015

Preliminary numbers released Thursday by the U.S. Labor Department showed a sharp increase in the number of workplace fatalities in private-sector goods production in 2014.

Initial results from the annual Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries reflected a 9 percent increase among those industries compared to final 2013 numbers, led by a 17 percent increase in the mining sector.

The manufacturing sector saw 341 workplace fatalities last year, a 9 percent increase compared to the previous year.

Overall, the initial data showed 4,679 fatal work injuries in the U.S. in 2014, a 2 percent increase over the revised 2013 total of 4,585.

Read more data from the report on contracted and self-employed worker fatalities.

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