Fatal workplace accidents can leave families left behind facing many challenges which is also true of non-fatal workplace accidents and the harm they can cause injured workers. During 2017, the number of fatal workplace injuries in Mississippi equaled 90 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That was an increase of 19 additional fatal workplace injuries from the previous year. In total, there were 5,147 fatal workplace injuries throughout the country during 2017.
Transportation injuries accounted for 61% of fatal workplace injuries in Mississippi during 2017. Transportation injuries also accounted for the highest percentage of fatal workplace injuries nationally during 2017. Private industry accounted for 73% of the 90 fatal workplace accidents and construction, manufacturing, transportation and the warehousing industry sectors accounted for 38 of the fatalities. Fatalities in the construction and private manufacturing sectors were up, while private transportation and warehousing fatal injuries were down.