Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Fewer People Killed at Work in 2007

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that fewer people were killed on the job in 2007. In fact, the number of reported deaths hit a history low with 5, 488 people being killed from work-related injuries or homicides. The bureau has kept track of work-related deaths since 1992. 

With a rate of 111.8 fatal injuries per 100,000 workers, fishermen have the most dangerous job. Logging workers and aircraft pilots and flight engineers take second and third respectively. The construction industry has the highest death rate for the private sector. 

Despite these numbers, fatal injuries have decreased and the workplace continues to be safer. Maybe that's a reason to get up in the morning and go to work. 

(Article appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle but was reported by the Associated Press.)

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