According to a study by the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), there were a total of 5,147 fatal injuries recorded in the U.S. in 2017, versus 5,190 in 2016 (34 more). The fatal injury rate also decreased to 3.5 per 100,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers from 3.6 in 2016.
The transportation and material moving occupational group, and the construction and extraction occupational group accounted for 47 percent of worker deaths in 2017.
Crane-related workplace fatalities and fatal occupational injuries reached their lowest points since the CFOI started in 2003, amounting to 33 deaths in 2017. Fatal falls were at their highest level in 2017 accounting for 887 (17 percent) worker deaths, with transportation incidents remaining the most frequent fatal event in 2017 at 2,077 (40 percent) occupational fatalities.