Fatal Construction Injuries Record Highest Level Since 2008
DEC 16, 2016 SOURCE: BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS
A total of 4,836 fatal work injuries were recorded in the United States in 2015, a slight increase from the 4,821 fatal injuries reported in 2014, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported.
This release marks the first time that the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) has published a single, annual release with no revisions and will be the only release for 2015 CFOI data. A similar schedule will be followed in future years. Preliminary releases, which appeared in August or September in past years, will no longer be produced.
Key findings of the 2015 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries:
Annual total of 4,836 fatal workplace injuries in 2015 was the highest since 5,214 fatal injuries in 2008.
The overall rate of fatal work injury for workers in 2015, at 3.38 per 100,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers, was lower than the 2014 rate of 3.43.
Hispanic or Latino workers incurred 903 fatal injuries in 2015—the most since 937 fatalities in 2007.
Workers age 65 years and older incurred 650 fatal injuries, the second-largest number for the group since the national census began in 1992, but decreased from the 2014 figure of 684.
Roadway incident fatalities were up 9% from 2014 totals, accounting for over one-quarter of the fatal occupational injuries in 2015.
Workplace suicides decreased 18% in 2015; homicides were up 2% from 2014 totals.
Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers recorded 745 fatal injuries, the most of any occupation.
The 937 fatal work injuries in the private construction industry in 2015 represented the highest total since 975 cases in 2008.
Fatal injuries in the private oil and gas extraction industries were 38% lower in 2015 than 2014.
Seventeen percent of decedents were contracted by and performing work for another business or government entity in 2015 rather than for their direct employer at the time of the incident.
For the construction industry specifically, fatal injuries among construction and extraction occupations rose by 2% to 924 cases in 2015 — the highest level since 2008. Several construction occupations recorded their highest fatality total in years, including construction laborers (highest since 2008); carpenters (2009); electricians (2009); and plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters (2003). In contrast, fatal injuries among extraction workers were down sharply to 45 in 2015 from 88 in 2014.
Foreman gets prison time in worker’s death
The foreman of a New York City construction company was sentenced to 1 to 3 years in prison last week after a state Supreme Court jury convicted him in the death of an employee, 22-year-old Carols Moncayo.
Sky Materials Corp. foreman Wilmer Cueva was sentenced to 1 to 3 years in prison for the criminally negligent homicide and reckless endangerment convictions.
Excavation work was illegal
“Wilmer Cueva knowingly and repeatedly risked his workers’ lives in service of an ambitious construction schedule,” said District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. in a press release. “In the face of multiple warnings about the perilous conditions he created at 9-19 Ninth Avenue, Cueva personally directed-and then declined to stop-his illegal excavation work, and Carlos Moncayo, a young man working to support his family, perished needlessly as a result. I hope that the justice obtained for his preventable death will galvanize other construction supervisors to prioritize their workers’ safety ahead of expediency and profit.”
Vance urged construction workers to report unsafe conditions to his office. There have been 12 construction worksite deaths in the past year and 28 in the past two years in New York City. Safety advocates say real estate developers who are eager to build lucrative properties quickly are taking shortcuts and endangering workers.
The cases against two of the other defendants indicted in connection with the incident, Sky Materials Corp. and Alfonso Prestia, are pending.
Banned Devices; Powdered Surgeon’s Gloves, Powdered Patient Examination Gloves, and Absorbable Powder for Lubricating a Surgeon’s Glove
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or Agency) has determined that Powdered Surgeon's Gloves, Powdered Patient Examination Gloves, and Absorbable Powder for Lubricating a Surgeon's Glove present an unreasonable and substantial risk of illness or injury and that the risk cannot be corrected or eliminated by labeling or a change in labeling. Consequently, FDA is banning these devices.
This rule is effective on January 18, 2017.
For access to the docket to read background documents or comments received, go to https://www.regulations.gov and insert the docket number found in brackets in the heading of this final rule into the “Search” box and follow the prompts, and/or go to the Division of Dockets Management, 5630 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852.
For Further Information Contact
Michael J. Ryan, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 66, Rm. 1615, Silver Spring, MD 20993, 301-796-6283, email: email@example.com