The good news? In 2002, workplace deaths fell by 6.6% (excluding 9/11). This marks the lowest level in the ten years the census has been conducted. The bad news? Some jobs are still way too risky.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics just issued its annual report on the most dangerous jobs, on-the-job fatality rates, and other work-related injury and death statistics.
Another positive note in this year's report is that workplace homicides continued to drop, falling to 609 - a sharp contrast to the 1984 high of 1,080. But disturbingly, homicide is the chief cause of workplace fatalities among women. Overall, highway accidents are the single biggest killer, representing a quarter of all work-related deaths. The full report can be accessed at the BLS site.