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Fatal occupational injuries by day of week and month, 1992–2011

December 01, 2014

On October 1, 1993, the BLS Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) published the first comprehensive nationwide information on fatal occupational injuries in the United States. These numbers, for calendar year 1992, marked the beginning of a data series that has been used by government agencies, safety and health organizations, colleges and universities, and others to identify trends in workplace deaths. The goal for having these numbers is to eliminate future work-related fatal injuries. BLS publishes demographic and employment information about deceased workers and details about the fatal incidents.

During the 20-year period from 1992 to 2011, the majority (83 percent) of all fatal occupational injuries occurred during the traditional workweek, Monday through Friday. A total of 80,645 workers were fatally injured during the day (7 a.m. to 6:59 p.m.) from 1992 to 2011. Another 26,631 were fatally injured during the night and evening hours (7 p.m. to 6:59 a.m.). For 7,815 cases, time of incident was unknown.

Total fatal occupational injuries by day of week of incident, 1992–2011
Year Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Unknown Total

1992

435 983 969 1,068 1,069 1,023 667 3 6,217

1993

455 1,071 1,031 1,074 1,054 989 649 8 6,331

1994

442 1,115 1,072 1,148 1,143 1,065 638 9 6,632

1995

436 1,024 990 1,164 1,020 1,013 621 7 6,275

1996

441 1,021 1,031 1,110 985 944 662 8 6,202

1997

396 985 1,045 1,021 1,089 1,049 638 15 6,238

1998

391 955 1,033 1,053 1,016 962 616 29 6,055

1999

403 1,029 1,038 1,092 1,012 900 574 6 6,054

2000

356 1,024 966 1,076 952 939 600 7 5,920

2001

371 1,003 1,039 1,043 973 918 568   5,915

2002

340 902 942 977 930 916 527   5,534

2003

388 871 986 960 949 887 534   5,575

2004

351 974 1,037 936 980 921 565   5,764

2005

367 960 953 1,053 961 876 564   5,734

2006

420 993 957 1,069 987 898 516   5,840

2007

364 1,007 958 941 903 883 601   5,657

2008

372 869 889 864 853 806 561   5,214

2009

351 758 828 761 712 673 468   4,551

2010

332 796 769 806 803 700 484   4,690

2011

349 781 756 843 790 704 470   4,693

Total

7,760 19,121 19,289 20,059 19,181 18,066 11,523 92 115,091

Note: Data from 2001 exclude fatal work injuries resulting from the September 11 terrorist attacks.

From 1992 to 2011, July had the highest number of fatal occupational injuries (11,168), and the fewest number of injuries occurred in February (8,008). Just over a quarter of workers (28 percent, or 32,795) were fatally injured during the summer months of June, July, and August. In comparison, the winter months of December, January, and February totaled 25,380 fatal injuries (22 percent).

Total fatal occupational injuries by month of incident, 1992–2011
Year January Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec Unknown Total

1992

495 434 451 468 489 598 577 559 579 599 514 451 3 6,217

1993

463 437 557 507 540 543 591 591 568 534 524 468 8 6,331

1994

509 425 534 540 551 620 599 616 667 583 523 456 9 6,632

1995

517 424 459 566 452 558 573 650 558 564 458 489 7 6,275

1996

501 463 462 476 484 542 608 615 486 585 518 454 8 6,202

1997

498 408 506 460 512 553 692 562 550 585 441 456 15 6,238

1998

481 427 475 463 501 535 625 543 552 553 448 423 29 6,055

1999

480 403 467 438 464 587 588 570 532 583 457 479 6 6,054

2000

408 446 480 416 580 526 517 618 513 527 441 441 7 5,920

2001

479 429 485 460 486 515 537 594 485 567 475 403   5,915

2002

396 390 426 408 499 476 561 550 504 521 422 381   5,534

2003

419 382 431 452 436 491 557 544 470 540 453 400   5,575

2004

421 417 454 452 449 510 567 544 568 541 400 441   5,764

2005

496 382 420 440 469 532 556 558 478 513 463 427   5,734

2006

453 412 451 466 482 527 592 610 473 520 447 407   5,840

2007

464 446 434 395 427 544 564 600 436 521 437 389   5,657

2008

455 396 422 450 466 490 482 423 492 420 361 357   5,214

2009

385 330 359 361 389 441 454 400 379 383 350 320   4,551

2010

372 282 344 398 389 428 459 509 412 402 345 350   4,690

2011

337 275 347 362 427 456 469 499 421 412 337 351   4,693

Total

9,029 8,008 8,964 8,978 9,492 10,472 11,168 11,155 10,123 10,453 8,814 8,343 92 115,091

Note: Data from 2001 exclude fatal work injuries resulting from the September 11 terrorist attacks.

These data are from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries. To learn more, see "Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries commemorates 20 years of occupational safety and health data," by Laura Kesy and Stephen Pegula, in Beyond the Numbers, October 2014.
SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Fatal occupational injuries by day of week and month, 1992–2011 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2014/ted_20141201.htm (visited December 10, 2019).

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