In 2020, the overall workplace fatal injury rate in Idaho was 4.1% – a representation of the number of fatal occupational injuries per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers. This rate remains unchanged from 2019.
In 2020, there were 32 work-related fatalities recorded across Idaho, four fatalities less than a year ago and the lowest since 2017. Among all injuries, 23 were employees who worked for wage and salary, while fatalities for self-employed increased from 8 to 9 from 2019.
Thirty-four work-related deaths were recorded in Idaho in 2014 with 18 occurring during transportation incidents. Nationally, workplace fatalities increased by 2 percent from 4,585 to 4,679.
Transportation incidents were the leading cause of workplace deaths in Idaho over the past 10 years – ranging from 42 percent in 2005 to 70 percent in 2011. Half of the transportation accidents occurred in the agriculture sector. Contact with objects and equipment – typically farm implements – was responsible for six Idaho deaths in 2014.
Three fatalities in 2014 were due to falls occurring in construction occupations. Another three fatalities were acts of violence, the first since 2008. The cause of four deaths could not be disclosed due to confidentiality restrictions.