Fewer On The Job Fatalities In The United States In 2011

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Worker fatalities declined in the nUnited Sates in 2011.
Worker fatalities declined in the United Sates in 2011. (U.S. Census photo)

The number of on the job fatalities was slightly lower in 2011 than 2010, according to a new government report.

During 2011, 4,609 workers died from work-related injuries, down slightly from a final count of 4,690 in 2010. The statistics are preliminary results of the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries released 20 September 2012.

The fatality rate for U.S. workers in 2011 was 3.5 per 100,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers. That is compared to a final rate of 3.6 per 100,000 for 2010.

During the last three years, increases in fatality counts based on additional information averaged 166 fatalities per year or about 3% of the revised total. Final 2011 CFOI data will be released in Spring 2013.

“It’s a step in the right direction, but more needs to be done,” said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. “We will continue to collaborate with employers, workers, labor leaders, and safety and health professionals to ensure that every American who clocks in for a shift can make it home safe and sound at the end of the day.”

13 Fatalities A Day

On average, 13 workers are killed on the job every day in the United States, Solis said.

“Children, parents, brothers, sisters and neighbors all bear an enormous burden when a loved one dies on the job.”

“It’s clear that we must maintain our commitment to ensuring our workplaces are safer and healthier for every American. This is a challenge that must be undertaken not just by the government, but by the entire country,” Solis said. “We know how to prevent these fatalities, and all employers must take the steps necessary to keep their workers safe.”

Key preliminary findings of the 2011 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries:

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