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September 25, 2012

BLS: Fatal Workplace Injuries Declined in 2011

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has announced this week that 81 fewer workers died from work-related injuries in 2011 than died in 2010. This comes from the BLS premliminary census of fatal occupational injuries.
A preliminary total of 4,609 fatal work injuries were recorded in the United States in 2011, down from a final count of 4,690 in 2010. The fatality rate in 2011 was 3.5 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers, compared to 3.6 in 2010.

Key preliminary findings of the 2011 Census include:
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  • Fatal work injuries in the private construction sector declined to 721 from 774 in 2010, a decline of 7 percent and the fifth consecutive year of lower fatality counts. Fatal construction injuries are down nearly 42 percent since 2006.
  • Fatal work injuries in private truck transportation rose 14 percent in 2011- the second consecutive year that counts have risen in this sector after reaching a series low in 2009.
  • Violence and other injuries by persons or animals accounted for 780 fatalities, or about 17 percent of the fatal injuries in the workplace in 2011. Included in this count are 458 homicides and 242 suicides.
  • Fatal work injuries involving workers 55 years of age and older as well as workers under the age of 18 were both lower in 2011, but fatal work injuries among workers in the 20 to 24 age group were up nearly 18 percent.

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