The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported there were 4,551 workers who died on the job in 2009.
Nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses among private industry employers declined in 2009 to a rate of 3.6 cases per 100 equivalent full-time workers--down from 3.9 cases in 2008. The construction industry sector reported 71,700 fewer cases in 2009, compared to 2008 – a 22 percent decline, lowering the incidence rate by 0.4 cases to 4.3 cases per 100 workers. The number of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses reported in 2009 declined to 3.3 million cases, compared to 3.7 million cases in 2008.
These declining statistics are great, but that is still over 3 million cases where people were killed, hurt or made sick on the job.