According to the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, nonfatal workplace injuries as well as illnesses among private industry employers fell to a rate of 3.5 cases for each 100 equivalent full-time workers in 2010, which is down from 2009's total case rate of 3.6.

Regarding the fewer cases, Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis issued the following statement:

"We are encouraged by the reported decline in incidence rates for workplace injuries and illnesses, which is reflective of the joint effort of government, business, unions and other organizations. Nevertheless, 3.1 million injuries and illnesses in the workplace is too high. Serious injuries and illnesses can knock a working family out of the middle class. Workers should not have to sacrifice their health and safety to earn a paycheck.

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