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36 work-related deaths due to environmental heat exposure in 2021

June 05, 2023

There were 36 work-related deaths due to environmental heat exposure in 2021. This was a drop from 56 deaths in 2020 and the lowest number since 2017.

Number of work-related deaths from exposure to environmental heat, 2011–21
Year Number of work-related deaths

2011

61

2012

31

2013

34

2014

18

2015

37

2016

39

2017

32

2018

49

2019

43

2020

56

2021

36

Since 2011, there have been 436 work-related deaths caused by environmental heat exposure.

These data are from the Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities program. To learn more, see “National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2021.” We also have more charts on work-related deaths.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, 36 work-related deaths due to environmental heat exposure in 2021 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2023/36-work-related-deaths-due-to-environmental-heat-exposure-in-2021.htm (visited April 18, 2024).

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