The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recently announced fatal workplace injuries for 2017 as part of the annual Census for Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI). There was an uptick in fatal injuries for building material dealers in 2017 compared to 2016. BLS reports that building material dealers had 24 fatal injuries in 2017. That compares to 15 fatal injuries in 2016. Drilling down on the incidents, there was an increase in fatal injuries related to both transportation and falls, slips, and trips.
The report serves as a reminder to employers and employees alike that drivers need to operate a commercial vehicle in a safe manner. NLBMDA has a Summary of Driver Do’s and Don’ts serving as a checklist for employers and their drivers. In addition, NLBMDA has an extensive Transportation & Fleet Safety Toolkit to help dealers better understand and comply with various regulations applicable to commercial motor vehicles. With respect to fall prevention and protection, OSHA has extensive resources including checklists that can be found here.
Overall, there were 5,147 fatal work injuries recorded in the United States in 2017, down slightly from the 5,190 fatal injuries reported in 2016. The fatal injury rate decreased to 3.5 per 100,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers from 3.6 in 2016.