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10/05/2011

Texas workplace fatalities down in 2010

Texas workplace fatalities numbered 456 last year, down from 482 the prior year, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said.

Highway incidents were the most frequest kind of workplace fatality, accounting for 134 deaths, higher than the 106 recorded in 2009, "but comparable to levels recorded from 2005 to 2008."

Work-related homicides declined to 48 in 2010, down from 69.

Fifty-six percent of those who died from a workplace injury were white non-Hispanics, compared to 72 percent nationally, the BLS said.

Transportation and material moving occupations had the highest number of workplace fatalities in Texas at 140. Construction and extraction workers had the second highest fatality count, 98.

- Scott Nishimura

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