U.S. Bureau of Labor Releases 2022 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries

SOURCE: NIOSH | December 28, 2023

In December, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released the 2022 data from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries. According to the data, there were 5,486 fatal work injuries recorded in the United States in 2022, a 5.7-percent increase from 5,190 in 2021. The fatal work injury rate was 3.7 fatalities per 100,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers, up from 3.6 per 100,000 FTE in 2021.

Key findings from the BLS release:

  • A worker died every 96 minutes from a work-related injury in 2022 compared to 101 minutes in 2021.
  • Fatalities due to violence and other injuries by persons or animals increased 11.6 percent to 849 in 2022, compared to 761 in 2021. Homicides accounted for 61.7 percent of these fatalities, with 524 deaths, an 8.9-percent increase from 2021.
  • Unintentional overdoses increased 13.1 percent to a series high of 525 fatalities in 2022, up from 464 in 2021, continuing a trend of annual increases since 2012.
  • Workers in transportation and material moving occupations experienced 1,620 fatal work injuries in 2022 and represented the occupational group with the most fatalities. The next highest was construction and extraction workers with 1,056 fatalities, an 11.0-percent increase from 2021.
  • Transportation incidents remained the most frequent type of fatal event accounting for 37.7 percent of all occupational fatalities. There were 2,066 fatal injuries from transportation incidents in 2022, a 4.2-percent increase from 1,982 in 2021.

These 2022 data underscore the importance of occupational safety and health in protecting workers across industries and hazards. NIOSH will continue to review these data and how our research activities can support workers and employers by protecting the safety and health of all workers.

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