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NU Online News Service, Aug. 25, 3:30 p.m. EDT

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said fatal workplace injuries are at the lowest point they have been since surveys were first conducted, but unemployment has played a major role.

A preliminary count of fatal injuries at work was 4,340 in 2009, down 17 percent from 5,214 in 2008, according to the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), which started in 1992.

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