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Despite an increase in fatal work injuries during 2003, that year and the previous one were the lowest ever recorded by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, which has been conducting a fatality census each year since 1992. A total of 5,559 fatal work injuries were recorded in the United States in 2003, a small increase from the 5,534 reported for 2002. The rate at which fatal work injuries occurred in 2003 was 4 fatalities per 100,000 workers, unchanged from 2002′s rate.

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