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Dying On The Job

It's that time of year again, when government reports shed some interesting data on the way we live our lives.

Did you know, for instance, that 40 people died in Nevada while at work in 2014?

And that of those 40, three died from tripping, slipping or falling on the job?

All of that and more is available in the latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on Nevada's fatal work injuries.

According to David Kong, a statistician and economic analyst with the information branch of Bureau of Labor Statistics' Western Information Office, the number of people working in Nevada has risen steadily since 2010, but the number of people killed on the job hasn't.

"It's good that even though we have more people working the number of fatalities is not increasing," he said.

Most deaths were in manufacturing, followed by construction, government and then hospitality. 

"The number of fatalities is about in the middle of the range, since we've been keeping track of the data," he said.

The biggest reason for deaths on the job in Nevada is split evenly between transportation and violence. However, the number of transportation deaths in Nevada is significantly lower than the nationwide number. 


​David Kong, statistician, economic analysis and information branch, Bureau of Labor Statistics' Western Information Office

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