According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this type of work was the deadliest in the US last year.
According to the analysis, the number of work-related deaths reached a 12-year high of more than 5,300 in 2019. The number of work-related deaths has risen steadily over the past five years, with last year being the deadliest year since 2007 for work-related deaths.
Drivers accounted for 1,480 of all work-related deaths in 2019 – about one in five workers who died at work were drivers, the results showed. More than 1,060 deaths occurred in the private construction industry, another 12-year high.
Workers in the fishing and hunting industry had the highest rate of deaths per 100,000 full-time workers, with 145 deaths per 100,000. They were followed by loggers, pilots, flight engineers and roofers.
The vast majority of workplace deaths were related to transport accidents, accounting for more than 2,000 deaths. Deaths from falls, slips and trips were also high with 880 deaths. In 2019, suicides and unintentional overdoses were responsible for more than 300 deaths at work.