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More than 4,500 fatal workplace accidents reported in 2010

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of fatal workplace accidents from 2009 to 2010 went down very slightly. In 2010, 4,547 individuals lost their lives to a fatal workplace injury. In 2009, the number was barely higher at 4,551.

With more than 4,500 workplace fatalities for each of the past two years, the fatality rates remained approximately equal at 3.5 per 100,000 full-time workers. This rate was just an average of occupations within the country. Some occupations had higher on-the-job fatality rates than others.

The highest rate was found in the occupational category of driver/truck drivers/sales workers with a rate of 683 deaths per 100,000 full-time employees. The rate of farmer/rancher fatalities was 300 per 100,000 followed by police officers with 133 per 100,000. Interesting percentage increases and decreases were published along with these numbers.

Some sectors saw decreases, like the private construction industry and its 10 percent decrease in the number of occupational fatalities. Other sectors experienced dramatic increases. The private mining industry saw a 74 percent increase. In 2009, there were 99 workplace deaths while 2010 saw 172. Police also saw an increase in on-the-job fatalities. Their number went from 96 deaths per 100,000 to 134, a 40 percent increase.

The statistics published are based on national numbers, which means that it includes workers in Pennsylvania. Among states with highest number of workplace fatalities, Pennsylvania ranked third. Last year 219 fatal workplace accidents occurred.

As these statistics show, many people in Pennsylvania have experienced the tragedy of losing a loved one to a workplace accident. In these cases, many families find it difficult to move forward. Often the individual who passed away provided the family's main source of income. In such cases, filing for death benefits is an option.

Source: Employment Screening Resources, "US Bureau of Labor Statistics Reports More than 4,500 Fatal Work Injuries Recorded in 2010," Tom Ahearn, Aug. 31, 2011

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