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BLS releases revised workplace fatality figures

Washington – In 2011, 4,693 workers died on the job, according to revised numbers (.pdf file) issued April 25 by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

BLS reported a preliminary count of 4,609 deaths in September. The revised figure for 2011 is virtually even with the previous year’s final figure of 4,690.

The rate of worker deaths per 100,000 full-time workers remained the same from the preliminary report to final report – 3.5. This represents a slight decrease from the 2010 final rate of 3.6.

Changes between the September and April reports were caused by updates to the 2011 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries file that were made after the preliminary results were released, and include identification of new cases and revisions of existing cases.