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Bureau of Labor Statistics Reports Decline in Fatal Work Injuries

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released the preliminary results from its Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries at the end of September showing that fatal work injuries decreased slightly in 2011 from the previous year.

According to the CFOI, 4,609 workers died from work-related injuries in 2011, down from 4,690 in 2010. The rate of injuries also fell. The rate of injuries was 3.5 per 100,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers in 2011, down 1.7 percent from the previous year.

The agency reported that workplace deaths have been declining almost every year since 1994.

 workers go through a safety checklist while loving large itemsIn particular, work-related deaths in the construction and mining industries have declined. Deaths in the construction industry were down 6.8 percent in 2011, dropping to 721 from 774 the previous year. It was the fifth consecutive year that construction-related deaths had decreased.

The labor department said that fewer jobs in the industry as a result of the economic downturn were likely behind the decrease in fatalities.

However, the construction industry still had the second highest number of work-related deaths than any other industry last year. Mining was the most deadly industry, with the highest rate of injuries per 100,000 FTE workers at 15.8. The number of work-related deaths in mining were down 10 percent in 2011, but the number of deaths per worker remained high overall.

The 10 deadliest occupations identified by the report were:

  • Fisherman
  • Logger
  • Pilot
  • Sanitation worker
  • Roofer
  • Iron worker
  • Farmer and rancher
  • Trucker
  • Electrical power line worker
  • Taxi driver


Final data for 2011 will not be released until the spring of 2013.

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