A total of 4,609 workers died on the job nationwide in 2011 compared to 4,690 in 2010, according to preliminary data released recently by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The equivalent rates were 3.5 and 3.6 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers, respectively. The 2011 figure works out to be an average of 13 worker deaths every day. The data include 458 homicides and 242 suicides. Fatal work injuries in construction declined for the fifth year in a row but rose in private truck transportation for the second consecutive year. Work-related deaths among workers in the 20-24 age bracket were up nearly 18 percent.
In mining, MSHA reported that the fatality and injury rates had dropped to their lowest levels ever. The fatality rate, adjusted to whole numbers, equated to 1.14 fatal injuries per 10,000 miners. By sector, the fatality rate was the lowest ever in Metal/Non-Metal (M/NM); however, the rate in Coal was fractionally above its 2009 rate, which was the best ever. The non-fatal days lost rate (1.78) and all-injury rate (2.73) also were the lowest ever in the industry.