Fatal work injuries in private truck transportation rose 14 percent in 2011, the second consecutive year that counts have risen in this sector after reaching a series low in 2009, the Bureau of Labor Statistics stated today in a preliminary report.
In all sectors, workplace violence accounted for 780 fatalities, about 17 percent of fatal workplace injuries for 2011.
Fatal work injuries involving workers 55 years of age and older as well as workers under the age of 18 were both lower in 2011, but fatal work injuries among workers in the 20 to 24 age group were up nearly 18 percent, BLS reported.
Fatal work injuries in the private construction sector declined to 721 in 2011 from 774 in 2010, a decline of 7 percent and the fifth consecutive year of lower fatality counts for that occupation. Fatal construction injuries were down nearly 42 percent since 2006.
Work-related fatalities in the private mining industry, which includes oil and gas extraction, were down 10 percent in 2011 after an increase of 74 percent in 2010.
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