Preliminary results from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries 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.
"No worker should have to sacrifice his or her life to earn a living," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis in a statement. "An average of 12 workers die on the job every day, and that reality continues to drive the work of the Labor Department. When the Occupational Safety and Health Act was passed in 1970, the National Safety Council estimated that 14,000 workers died each year on the job. Now, with a workforce that has doubled in size, the annual number of fatalities has dropped significantly. But it's not enough. We cannot relent from our enforcement of laws that keep our nation's workers safe. One worker killed or injured on the job is one too many." Full details of the National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries are available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.