Report Confirms that Worker Fatalities are Down
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' (BLS) National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2005, the number of workplace fatalities in the U.S. dropped to 5,702, compared to 2004's 5,764 fatalities. Fatal falls also declined to 7 percent last year, down from an all-time high in 2004.
Fatalities among Hispanic workers rose slightly in 2005 due to the increased employment of these workers, but women workers saw an all-time low in reported fatalities with only 402, the lowest ever recorded by the census.
Twenty-nine of the reported fatal worker injuries were attributed to the hurricanes of 2005.
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