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Work Place Deaths Remain High in Texas

Workplace deaths have declined across the country, but they remain stubbornly high in Texas and the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Texas led the nation with 461 total worker deaths in 2010, the most recent year for which complete data is available. Eighty-two of those were in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The Texas total was about 10 percent of the national count of 4,547 and far ahead of No. 2 California, which reported 302 deaths, according to figures from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. Highway deaths are the No. 1 cause of workplace fatalities nationally, and Texas’ vast highway system could be a contributing factor. BILL BOWEN , The Dallas Morning News 09/17/2012