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September 12, 2011

4,547 Fatal Occupational Injuries Recorded in 2010

  Preliminary numbers released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show 4,547 fatal work injuries recorded in the United States in 2010, about the same as the final count of 4,551 fatal work injuries in 2009.

Days without Accident sign U.S. workers suffered fatal work injuries at a rate of 3.5 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers, the same as 2009. Twenty-seven states and the District of Columbia reported higher numbers of fatal work injuries in 2010 than in 2009, while 23 states reported lower numbers. Key preliminary findings of the 2010 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries:
  • The number of fatal injuries among wage and salary workers increased by 2 percent
  • Work-related fatalities resulting from fires more than doubled from 53 in 2009 to 109 in 2010 - the highest count since 2003.
Fatality causes, ranked by event or exposure:
1. Transportation incidents: 1,766
      55% were highway accidents
2. Assaults and violent acts: 808Fall Protection sign
3. Contact with objects and equipment: 732
      55% struck by object or equipment
4. Falls: 635
      81% falls to lower level
5. Exposure to harmful substances of environments: 409
      40% contact with electric current
      34% exposure to caustic, noxious or allergenic substances
6. Fires and explosions: 187
Final 2010 fatality data will be released in spring 2012.

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