Fatalities From Work-Related Injuries Increasing for Black Americans

New statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that in 2019, 5,333 American workers died after suffering injuries while working. This is up by more than 10 percent since 2015.

When we break down the figures by racial and ethnic group, we see that 634 African Americans died from work related-injuries in 2019. This was 11.9 percent of all work-related fatalities due to injury. Hispanics were more than 20 percent of all work-related fatalities due to injuries.

The number of African American deaths due to injuries suffered on the job has been increasing. In 2015, 495 African Americans died as a result of work-related injuries. Thus, the number of African American fatalities has increased by 28 percent since 2015. This is more than double the increase for the population as a whole.


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