The Bureau of Labor Statistics is an excellent source of information about workplace injuries and fatalities. The agency’s summary table of 2012 workplace fatalities in New York City paints a complete picture of who dies on the job in NYC.
First, age is something of a factor. Workers age 25 to 34 are somewhat more likely to be killed on the job and suffer a wrongful death, but the risk is otherwise spread throughout the age groups. And although workers age 65 and older die in similar numbers to younger employees, there are fewer people this age in the work force, making the percentage of workplace fatalities higher among this age group.
Men are much more likely to die on the job than women, reflecting the greater number of men holding jobs in dangerous industries such as construction, law enforcement, transportation and warehousing. In 2012, of the 75 workers who died on the job in NYC, 73 of them were men.
In terms of race and ethnicity, Latino and Hispanic workers were more likely to die on the job than those in other groups. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, around 18 percent of New York, City’s population is Latino or Hispanic. However, roughly a third of fatal accidents occurred among workers with this ethnicity.
People working in construction experienced the greatest number of fatalities, more than half of all reported deaths in the public and private sectors. Retail trade, transportation and warehousing also saw significant numbers of fatalities.
Workplace violence was the most frequent cause of death in 2012. More than a third of all fatalities were the result of violence by others; at least 10 of the incidents involved a shooting. . Managerial and professional workers were only slightly less likely to die on the job because of workplace violence. Other frequent causes of worker death in 2012 included transportation incidents – car or truck crashes and pedestrian accidents; slip, trips and falls; toxic exposure; falling objects; and fires and explosions.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities, n.d.