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US Labor Sec.: Workplace injuries still "unacceptably high"

By OSHA news release

Sep 28, 2015

Preliminary results from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries show the rate of fatal work injuries in 2014 was 3.3 per 100,000 full-time workers, the same as the final rate for 2013.

"Far too many people are still killed on the job," said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez.

While the preliminary total of 4,679 fatal work injuries was an increase of 2 percent over the revised count of 4,585 in 2013, there was also an increase in hours worked in 2014.

For example, "preliminary results tell us 789 Hispanic workers died on the job in 2014, compared with 817 in 2013," Perez said. "While we were gratified by that drop, the number is still unacceptably high, and it is clear that there is still much more hard work to do.

Read more about the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries report.