Traffic accidents increase 20% over 5 years

On-the-job traffic accidents have increased nearly 20% over the past five years and are the No. 1 cause of death in the workplace, according to new analysis of data released by the National Safety Council in Itasca, IL.

Workplace injuries and deaths overall have remained stable in the past five years despite an expanding economy. The National Safety Council analyzed figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics in Washington, DC. Those figures show that 6,218 people died on the job in 1997, and 6,217 died on the job in 1992.

Fatal injuries to women and workers 45 and older have increased. Nonfatal injuries decreased from 6.8 million in 1992 to 6.2 million in 1996. The construction industry had the greatest increase in deaths in the five-year period, which is possibly the result of the growing economy.