SC Fatal Work Injuries Fall To Record Low In 2009


Columbia, SC (CompNewsNetwork) - A preliminary total of 73 fatal work injuries were recorded in South Carolina in 2009, down from a final count of 87 fatal work injuries in 2008.  The 2009 total represents the smallest annual preliminary total since the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) program was first conducted in 1992. 

Key preliminary findings of the 2009 South Carolina Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries:

  • Workplace homicides declined 20 percent from 10 in 2008 to 8 in 2008, in contrast to an overall decline of 16 percent for all fatal work injuries. 
  • By occupation, fatal work injuries declined 36 percent in transportation and material moving occupations, falling from 28 in 2008 to 18 to 2009.
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance was one of the few major private industry sectors reporting higher numbers of fatal work injuries in 2009.  There were 8 fatalities in 2009 compared to 3 in 2008.
  • Fatal work injuries in the construction and extraction sector increased 18 percent in 2009 with fatalities totaling 17 in 2009 compared to 14 in 2008.
  • Deaths among men totaled 67, while women accounted for 6 fatalities.

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