Photo courtesy Bureau of Labor Statistics 
Photo courtesy Bureau of Labor Statistics 

The preliminary results from the latest  Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries were released this past Wednesday. One of the more disturbing reveals was that 874 fatal occupation injuries occurred in construction. This is an increase from the 828 reported in 2013 and is the greatest number of fatal injuries reported since 2008. 

Overall, there was a total of 4,679 fatal occupational injuries that occurred in 2014, representing a 2% increase from last years reviewed total of 4,585.  

The private construction industry recorded the most fatal injuries but only the fourth-highest rate of deaths per 100,000 full-time workers (agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting finished first). For every 100,000 full time workers in the construction industry, there were 9.5 deaths, a decrease from last year's rate of 9.7.

 Regarding the number fatal occupational injuries, Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez said, "Far too many people are still killed on the job–13 workers every day taken from their families tragically and unnecessarily."