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2016 Workplace Fatalities in Florida Highest Since 2007

2016 Workplace Fatalities in Florida Highest Since 2007

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Florida saw 309 workplace fatalities in 2016, which was up from 272 the previous year. This is the highest recorded number of work-related deaths since 2007, in which there were a recorded 363 workplace deaths.

Statistics on Workplace Fatalities in Florida

Construction 2578410 1280The 2016 workplace fatalities were split among the following industries:

  • 25% Construction
  • 16% Administrative and waste services
  • 12% Transportation and warehousing
  • 7% Leisure and hospitality
  • 7% Government
  • The remaining percentage is in other industries.

In the construction industry, workplace fatalities in Florida were up 15 percent while the administrative and waste services industries increased 30 percent.

Most Hazardous Activities

Driving topped the list for the most hazardous activity in the workplace, accounting for 34 percent of all fatalities. Also noteworthy is that 21 percent of all deaths at work were due to slip, fall, and trips, while exposure to harmful substances and violence in the workplace each accounted for 16 percent of fatal incidents.

National Numbers

Nationwide, there were 5,190 fatal workplace injuries in 2016, which is up from 4,836 deaths in 2015, according to the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries program (CFOI). This is the first time that more than 5,000 fatal injuries have been recorded since 2008.

Most Dangerous Industries

Private construction is the most dangerous industry with 76 deaths in Florida in 2016, which was up from 66 the year before. Specialty trade contracting within construction accounted for 80 percent of the fatal injuries in that industry.

Private administration and waste services had 48 workplace deaths in 2016, up from 37 the year before. Of those, 77 percent worked in services to buildings or dwellings.

Additional Statistics

  • 90% of workplace deaths were male
  • Workers age 25-54 accounted for 59% of deaths in Florida, compared with 57% nationally
  • 85% were salaried or wage workers and the remainder were self-employed

Accidents and injuries can occur while you are on the job, especially if the working conditions are not safe. If you feel that you have been seriously injured on the job due to the negligence of someone else, you seek the counsel of an attorney who specializes in workplace injury law. Your attorney may be able to help you recover financially from your losses.


Workplace fatalities in Florida surge 14%, highest since 2007. (n.d.). Retrieved April 11, 2018, from https://bizjournals.com/southflorida/news/2018/02/28/workplace-fatalities-in-florida-surge-14-highest.html

Fatal Occupational Injuries In Florida – 2016 : Southeast Information Office. (2018, February 22). Retrieved April 11, 2018, from https://bls.gov/regions/southeast/news-release/fatalworkinjuries_florida.htm


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