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Workplace Deaths Down, New Labor Data Show (1)

Dec. 18, 2018, 3:39 PMUpdated: Dec. 18, 2018, 10:13 PM

The chance of dying from on-the-job injuries decreased in 2017, and the number of workplace deaths was down, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced Dec. 18.

The fatality rate was 3.5 deaths for every 100,000 full-time equivalent workers, down from 3.6 in 2017, the BLS said, reporting results from its annual Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries.

Altogether, 5,147 workers lost their lives on the job, compared with 5,190 in 2016.

Loren Sweatt, acting head of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, in a written statement highlighted that deaths in the private manufacturing industry and wholesale trade industries reached their lowest ...

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