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October 10, 2012
Safety leader expresses concern at fatality stats

According to a recent Bureau of Labor Statistics report, 4,609 people died from occupational injuries in 2011. While the number is down slightly from 2010, it’s concerning to Richard A. Pollock, president of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE).

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“It is alarming that 13 people a day are dying from work-related injuries. This is a serous problem that we find unacceptable,” he commented. Pollock urges businesses to have management systems in place that include programs aimed at preventing fatalities, injuries, and illnesses. He also expressed alarm at the 780 deaths—458 homicides and 242 suicides—attributed to violence.

Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis noted the decline in fatalities is “a step in the right direction,” but that more needs to be done “not just by the government but by the entire country.”

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