58 people in state fatally injured at work in 2011

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Washington recorded 58 fatal work injuries in 2011, down 46 from the previous year and lowest total since publication of the data began in 1992, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Wednesday. Half of those fatalities resulted from transportation incidents, the federal bureau said. Fifty-two of the fatal injury victims were men.

Transportation and material-moving occupations had 22 fatal work injuries, with drivers of heavy trucks and big rigs accounting for 10 of those injuries. The agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting sectors had four fatalities in 2011, 17 fewer than the previous year.

Nationwide, a preliminary total of 4,609 fatal work injuries were recorded in 2011, down from a final count of 4,690 fatal work injuries in 2010, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.