Minor change in fatal occupational injuries in 2010

October 2011, Vol. 66 No. 10

Preliminary results from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries released in August show little change in the number of workplace fatalities in 2010 compared with 2009.

Last year, 4,547 workers died from work-related injuries, down from a final count of 4,551 fatal work injuries in 2009.

According to a statement released by Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis, an average of 12 workers die on the job every day with 14,000 dying each year, but that with a workforce that has doubled in size since the Occupational Safety and Health Act was passed in 1970, the annual number of fatalities has dropped significantly.