“US work-related deaths top 150 a day, finds AFL-CIO report”



Roughly 150 people died from work-related illness or injury per day in 2011, according to a new report the AFL-CIO released on Tuesday. Fatal workplace injuries claimed 13 lives per day, while work-related illness and disease killed an additional 137 people daily.

Although occupational fatality rates have trended downward in the years since the passage of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, the gradual improvement of workplace safety seems to have halted in recent years.

“After years of steady decline, for the past three years the job fatality rate has essentially been unchanged,” according to the report.