Crane-Related Work Deaths Trended Down from 1992 to 2017


Washington, DC ( - There were 33 crane-related fatalities in 2017, the lowest number since we began tracking fatal work injuries in 1992. From 1992 to 2010, crane-related fatalities averaged 78 deaths a year. Between 2011 and 2017, the average fell to 42 deaths a year.

Just over half of all fatal crane injuries since 2011 involved a worker being struck by an object or equipment. Falls to a lower level made up about 14 percent, and transportation incidents about 13 percent.

This data are from the Injuries, Illneses, and Fatilities program. For more information about fatal injuries involving cranes, see our fact sheet on Fatal Occupational Injuries Involving Cranes.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Crane-related work deaths trended down from 1992 to 2017 on the Internet at (visited June 26, 2019).

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