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September 25, 2002
Contact: Frank Meilinger
Phone: (202) 693-1999
(WASHINGTON) -- Today's release of workplace fatality data by the Bureau of Labor Statistics is a grim reminder to us all of the importance of job safety and health and the value of human life. Many workers who died in 2001 were killed by terrorists on Sept. 11. But 5,900 other workers also died from injuries and illnesses that are still far too common in our workplaces.
The 2001 fatality rate was essentially unchanged over the prior year. The good news is that there were significant drops in worker fatalities in manufacturing, from homicides and among youth. But we have great concern over the increase in deaths among construction workers, Hispanic and Latino individuals and those dying from falls.
Our challenge is to continue to improve our programs, fine tune our systems and work harder than ever to drive down the fatality numbers even further. We won't stop until we are successful. You have my word on that.
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