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Florida workplace fatalities near record low in 2011

Workplace fatalities in Florida remained near a record low in 2011, with construction once again accounting for the highest number of deaths, according to a government report released Tuesday.

Fatal work injuries statewide totaled 227, up two from the total in 2010 and the second-lowest since the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking fatalities in 1992. Over the past three years, the total has been trending down and is far below the peak of 422 fatalities in 2004.

Construction workers accounted for 41 of the fatalities in 2011, followed by the transportation and warehousing industry with 36.

Three categories accounted for 75 percent of the total: 90 deaths from transportation incidents; 44 from violence and other injuries by persons or animals; and 36 from falls, slips and trips.

Nationally, there were 4,609 fatal work injuries in 2011, down from 4,690 in 2010.

The recession may have played a role in fewer workplace deaths. When unemployment is higher, workplace fatalities have trended down overall.

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