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Occupational injuries down in Indiana

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The Indiana Department of Labor released its 2010 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries report Thursday. The state reported 115 fatal occupational injuries in 2010, the lowest number since the report was introduced in 1991.

"While a record low is good statistically speaking, for 115 families, their tragic loss defies any statistic," said Lori Torres, commissioner of the Indiana Department of Labor. "That is why there is no higher priority in our agency than safeguarding the lives of working Hoosiers through safety and health initiatives and enforcement programs."

Some findings of the 2010 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries report include:

- Agricultural crop related fatalities in Indiana decreased from 20 in 2009 to 14 in 2010.

- Hoosier manufacturing continued its steady decline from 40 fatalities in 1997 to 13 fatalities in 2010.

- Despite a consistent decrease in workplace deaths over the past 20 years, construction continued to have the highest rate of fatalities (15.61 per 100,000 workers) compared to other non-farm industries (3.34 per 100,000 workers).

- The leading cause of all workplace fatalities was transportation incidents (54 out of 115). This includes vehicular accidents and persons being struck by a vehicle.

For the full 2010 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries report, visit www.in.gov/dol/2439.htm.

The above is one of an ongoing series of reports from the Indiana Statehouse by students at the Franklin College Pulliam School of Journalism.

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