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The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has published a report on August 19 2010 titled “National Census Of Fatal Occupational Injuries In 2009 (Preliminary Results)”(pdf). According to this report:

A preliminary total of 4,340 fatal work injuries were recorded in the United States in 2009, down from a final count of 5,214 fatal work injuries in 2008. The 2009 total represents the smallest annual preliminary total since the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) program was first conducted in 1992. Based on this preliminary count, the rate of fatal work injury for U.S. workers in 2009 was 3.3 per 100,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers, down from a final rate of 3.7 in 2008.

As mentioned in this report, the economy and the accompanying decrease of economic activity was a significant factor in decreasing the amount of fatal work injuries.