Labor Dept: Fewer workers killed on job in 2007

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The government says the number of workers killed on the job annually dropped to a historic low in 2007.

The number of worker deaths dropped to 5,488 last year, the fewest deaths since the Bureau of Labor Statistics began keeping track in 1992. That's down 6 percent from the 5,840 deaths reported in 2006.

Still, the government found significant increases in some types of fatal injuries: a record number of workers died from falls and the number of workplace homicides increased 13 percent.

The nation's most dangerous jobs: Fishers and related fishing workers; logging workers; aircraft pilots and flight engineers and structural iron and steel workers.

Construction continued to have the most number of deaths of any private-sector industry.

The numbers are preliminary, with a final report on 2007 due next year.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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