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43 work-related deaths due to environmental heat exposure in 2019

September 01, 2021

There were 43 work-related deaths due to environmental heat exposure in 2019. This was lower than the high of 61 deaths in 2011 but higher than the number in all but one year from 2012 to 2018.

Number of work-related deaths from exposure to environmental heat, 2011–2019
Year Number

2011

61

2012

31

2013

34

2014

18

2015

37

2016

39

2017

32

2018

49

2019

43

Fifty-seven deaths (16.6 percent) occurred to workers ages 55 to 64 from 2011 to 2019. During that period, 144 workers (41.9 percent) died from environmental heat exposure while they were engaged in construction, repair, or cleaning, and 54 workers (15.7 percent) died while conducting materials handling operations.

These data are from the Injuries, Illnesses and Fatalities program. To learn more, see “National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2019.” We also have more charts on work-related deaths.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, 43 work-related deaths due to environmental heat exposure in 2019 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2021/43-work-related-deaths-due-to-environmental-heat-exposure-in-2019.htm (visited October 20, 2021).

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