On-the-job fatalities in Virginia increasing, US data shows


Work rarely turns fatal, but some occupations call for extra vigilance.

Virginia lost 153 workers on the job in 2016, up 44 percent from 106 the year before.

Among them were 52 people engaged in natural resources, construction and maintenance jobs, the areas that accounted for the most work-related deaths.

The types of jobs under those headings include farmers, construction workers and repair technicians, according to TermLife2Go, a Salt Lake City-based insurance-industry research firm, which analyzed U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers released late last year and created a report breaking it all down: https://termlife2go.com/your-states-most-dangerous-job/.

The fatal work injuries reported in Virginia in 2016 were among 5,190 nationwide, up 7 percent from the year before, according to the bureau’s own report.

Nationwide, work injuries involving transportation incidents were the most common fatal event in 2016, accounting for 2,083, or 40 percent, of the total.

“Violence and other injuries by persons or animals increased 23 percent to become the second-most common fatal event in 2016,” the bureau reported.

Jobs with high fatal injury rates that year included logging, fishing, aviation, roofing and trash collection.

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