The Bureau of Labor Statistics has put together a full list of the fatal occupational injuries from 2013 (the most recent year for which a full data set is available), both those suffered in Illinois and those from around the rest of the United States. On the whole, there were 4,405 such incidents during the year. Of note is the fact that this is lower than the number for 2012, which came in at 4,628. This means that the rate for 2013 was 3.2 for every 100,000 full time workers, which is a drop from 2012's 3.4 for every 100,000 full time workers.
In fact, in the private sector, there was a drop of six percent, with the total number of deaths coming in at 3,929. That is a historically low number. The data has been tracked since 1992, and never has the total number of private sector deaths been so low as it was in 2013.
However, things were not so positive when the results were broken down by ethnic group. Despite the overall drop, the amount of fatal accidents for workers who were Hispanic or Latino actually rose by 7 percent. A full 797 people in this group passed away, with that rise bringing about the highest total amount of fatalities since 2008.
For all of the other ethnic groups that were examined, the totals were lower.
Even with the recent drops, it is clear that the workplace can still be dangerous, with a large amount of fatalities happening -- two out of every five deaths -- during transportation. If you've lost a loved one and you want to know more about your rights, take a look at our site today.