The number of workplace deaths caused by occupational injury rose to 4,836 fatalities in 2015, a slight increase from the previous year.
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According to the annual Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) issued by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics:
- Heavy tractor-trailer truck drivers suffered the highest number of fatal workplace injuries, with 743 deaths.
- Workers killed after being struck by objects or equipment totaled 519 fatalities; mining machinery accidents accounted for 54 equipment-related deaths.
- The private manufacturing sector experienced 353 fatal workplace injuries. This was the highest total in the industry since 2008.
- Approximately 25 percent of all 2015 workplace fatalities were roadway incidents.
The CFOI report also detailed increases in deaths for age groups, demographics, and ethnicities:
- Hispanic and Latino workers suffered 903 fatal occupational injuries in 2015, the highest recorded number for the ethnic group since 2007.
- African-American workers suffered the highest rate of fatal workplace injuries with 496 fatalities in 2015, the highest since 2008.
- Workers aged 45-years or older accounted for 58 percent of workplace fatalities in 2015, but only consisted of 45 percent of all hours worked.
- Workers aged 65-years or older totaled 650 workplace deaths due to occupational injuries. This was the second-highest year on record since 1992.