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On-the-Job Overdose Deaths Surging, BLS Reports

By Elaine Goodman (medical/business Reporter)

Friday, December 29, 2017 | 697 | 0 | 0 min read

Workplace fatalities increased for the third year in a row in 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and officials said the nation’s opioid crisis may have played a role in the trend. Loren Sweatt Workplace fatalities reached 5,190 in the U.S. in 2016, a 7% increase from 4,836 fatal injuries in 2015, BLS reported this month in its Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries. The fatal injury rate was 3.6 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers, up from 3.4 in 2015 and the highest rate since 2010. Transportation incidents were the most common cause of workplace deaths, ac...

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