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Are workplace injuries becoming more common in Maryland?

Some statistics you should know about the number of fatal injuries at workplaces in Maryland are reported by the Maryland Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries. The latest major report was in 2011, and it described the number of injuries over the previous 10 years. What you can see from the information is that in general, workplace injuries leading to fatalities have dropped in Maryland.

According to the data, in 2006, the highest number of people were killed in workplace accidents. That year, 106 people were fatally wounded. By 2011, that number had dropped to 71 based on preliminary reports from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The data all breaks the injuries down into the events that caused them. This allows companies and workers to better understand where safety measures need to be better implemented. For instance, 41 percent of the fatal injuries in 2011 were caused by transportation incidents. That could include car or truck accidents. Twenty-four percent of the fatal injuries in Maryland were due to violence or other injuries from animals or people. That was much higher than the national average, which was only 17 percent.

Other areas of fatal injuries had much lower percentages than the national average. For example, falls, slips and trips made up 11 percent of fatal injuries in Maryland, while they made up 14 percent based on the national average.

The industry with the most fatalities was reported as being the construction injury. The specialty trade contractor industry was particularly responsible, having accounted for 13 of the deaths in 2011. Second-highest on the list was the transportation and warehousing industry which had a fatality count of 11.

Source: Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation, "Maryland Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) Program 2011 - Research and Statistics - Maryland Occupational Safety and Health (MOSH)" Sep. 10, 2014

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