Colorado workplace deaths decrease

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It’s getting safer to go to work in Colorado and in the United States.

Work-related fatalities in the state decreased by 24 during 2008 to 102 – the lowest since 2003 – and down from 126 during 2007.

During 2008, the most frequent types of workplace fatalities were highway incidents, 30; being struck by an object or equipment, 10; falls, 8; and homicides, 7, said the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In Colorado, homicides accounted for 7 percent of work-related fatalities during 2008, but nationally, homicides were 10 percent.

And nationwide, 5,071 workplace fatalities occurred, down 10 percent from 2007. Although these are preliminary results, national fatalities are the lowest on record since the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries program began during 1992.

To view the full report, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics Web site.