The number of fatal work injuries in 2011 in the U.S. was slightly lower than in 2010. Last year, 4,609 workers died from work-related injuries, down from a final count of 4,690 in 2010.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries released preliminary statistics.
“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.”
She said that on average, 13 workers lose their lives every day, and that loss “ripples throughout” families and communities.”