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The upside of a down economy: On-the-job fatalities declined by 17% in past year

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First the good news: The 4,340 fatalities recorded in U.S. workplaces in 2009 was 17% below the 2008 count of 5,214, and is the smallest total since the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) began tracking in 1992. But the BLS says the drop is mostly attributable to high unemployment and, more specifically, layoffs in construction and mining.

Find details in the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries at www.bls.gov/iif

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