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BLS releases statistics on workplace injuries and fatalities

Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics was recently released in their National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2010.  According to the study, nationwide, workplace fatalities only decreased slightly from 2009 to 2010.

Last year, there were 4,547 deaths from workplace injuries and illnesses in the U.S. — only 4 fewer deaths than in 2009.  The study also revealed that statistics on workplace injuries remained about the same in 2010 as in 2009.

In California, the most common cause of work-related injuries and fatalities was transportation accidents.  Other common causes include assaults, violence, falls, equipment, explosions, and fires.

Last year, there were 302 work-related fatalities in the state of California.

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