Workplace fatalities fell slightly in 2010

The Department of Labor's (DOL's) Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has released a preliminary report of work-related fatalities in 2010. The report states there were 4,547 work-related fatalities in 2010—a slight drop from 4,551 work-related fatalities in 2009 and the lowest on record since the fatality census began in 1992.

The rate of fatal work injuries for U.S. workers in 2010 was 3.5 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers, which is the same as the final rate for 2009.

Fatal work injuries in the private construction sector decreased 10 percent from 2009 to 2010 and are down nearly 40 percent since 2006. However, construction still accounted for more fatal work injuries than any other industry in 2010.

Total fatalities as a result of falls dropped 2 percent (to 635) in 2010. Overall, fatal falls are down 25 percent from the series high of 847 fatal falls reported in 2007. Since 2007, fatal falls in the private construction industry have dropped 42 percent. Fatal injuries caused by being struck by objects or equipment also decreased, falling 4 percent in 2010.

BLS will offer final data in spring 2012.

Date : 9/6/2011