New statistics released by the U.S. Department of Labor show an overall decrease in workplace fatalities in 2012 compared with a year earlier.
An Aug. 22 statement from Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez showed that 4,383 workers died in 2012, 310 fewer than the 4,693 fatalities in 2011.
Texas saw the most worker deaths, at 531, with Rhode Island logging only 8 deaths in 2012. Most of the worker deaths reported involved motor vehicle accidents.
About 106 fatalities were reported in the healthcare industry, representing about 2 percent of the total U.S. workplace fatality deaths. A majority of those deaths were healthcare practitioners and technical occupations and were caused by falls or roadway accidents.
See the entire OSHA news statement at www. dol.gov