Fatal Work-Related Injuries: Southeastern United States, 2008-2011

Workplace Health Saf. 2016 Apr;64(4):135-40. doi: 10.1177/2165079915607873. Epub 2015 Oct 14.


In 2008, the work-related injury fatality rate was 3.8 per 100,000 workers in the United States but was 5.2 per 100,000 workers for the southeast region. Work-related fatalities in the southeast were examined for the period 2008 to 2011. Median work-related injury fatality rates are reported for the southeast region, each of the 12 states, and the United States. The percentages of employees in high fatality industries and work-related fatalities by cause were calculated. Finally, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's database was searched for fatality reports. States with the highest rates (per 100,000 workers) included Arkansas (7.2), Louisiana (6.8), and West Virginia (6.6). Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and West Virginia each had more than 20% of their employees in high fatality industries. Forty percent of work-related injury fatalities were from transportation incidents in the southeast and the United States. Future analyses should include work-related injury fatality rates by industry and compare rates with other U.S. regions.

Keywords: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH); government regulation; health promotion; occupational injury fatalities; safety; workforce.

MeSH terms

  • Accidents, Occupational / mortality*
  • Humans
  • Kentucky / epidemiology
  • Male
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, U.S.
  • Occupational Health
  • Occupational Injuries / mortality*
  • Risk Factors
  • Southeastern United States / epidemiology
  • Tennessee / epidemiology
  • United States / epidemiology