4,764 fatal occupational injuries were recorded in the United States in 2020, a decrease of 10.7% from 5,333 in 2019 and the lowest annual number since 2013, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Thursday in its annual report on workplace deaths.  The fatal occupational injury rate was 3.4 deaths per 100,000 full-time workers, a decrease from 3.5 per 100,000 FTE 2019, according to data from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries. remained the most common type of fatal event with 1,778 fatal injuries, representing 37.3% of all work-related deaths, but such incidents decreased by 16.2% from 2,122 in 2019. Deaths due to violence and other injuries to persons or animals decreased from 841deaths in 2019 to 705 deaths in 2020, a decrease of 16.2%. The largest sub-category, intentional injuries per person, decreased by 14.5% to 651 by 2020. Exposure to harmful substances or environments led to 672 workers killed in 2020, the highest figure since the series began in 2011. In this category, unintentional overdose from non- medical use drugs accounted for 57.7% of deaths (388 deaths), an increase from 48.8% in 2019.
In terms of demographics, the proportion of Latino workers fatally injured at work continued to grow and increased to 22.5% (1,072 deaths) from 20.% (1,088 deaths) in 2019. Black workers had a decrease of 14.7% in the number of deaths in the workplace in 2020, which decreased from 634 in 2019 to 541 in 2020.
Women accounted for 8.1 % of all deaths in the workplace 6.3% of all deaths in the workplace. 2020. Also in 2020, workers between the ages of 45 and 54 were affected by 954 deaths in the workplace, the lowest number for this age group since 1992.
At the same time, suicide in the workplace decreased by 15.6% from 307 in 2019, which corresponds to 2019 to the 2 lowest number of professional suicides since 2015.