The rate of fatal work injuries dipped slightly in 2011, according to a release by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries found that 4,609 people died last year from workplace injuries, 81 less than in 2010. This brought the rate of fatal injuries per 100,000 down from 3.6 to 3.5.
However, there was a major change to the Occupational Injury and Illness Classification System. The system defines the characteristics of a fatal work injury, so the BLS has considered it a break in the data.
Preliminary findings indicate that fatal injuries in the private mining industry was down 10 percent after it increased 74 percent in 2010. The survey also found that fatalities in the construction sector were down 7 percent.
Truckers though saw an increase of about 14 percent in fatalities, after another increase in 2010. The record low was in 2009.