Indiana workplace deaths decline 14 percent

Deaths on the job in Indiana fell to 123 last year, a 14 percent drop from 2008.

Indiana Labor Commissioner Lori Torres says the number of fatal workplace incidents in Indiana has fallen the past five years.
The recession also meant fewer workers were on the job.

The report issued Thursday said more than a third of all of the deaths involved motor vehicles. The leading cause was highway
accidents at 25. Eight other workers died after being struck by vehicles and 13 died in off-road incidents involving vehicles.

Falls killed 20 workers, as did assaults and other attacks.

Last year's total was 20 fewer than in 2008 and the lowest since state labor officials began issuing annual reports in
1991.

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