The number of deadly workplace accidents per 100,000 workers in the U.S. fell from 5.3 in 1994 to 3.3 in 2009, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. The decline has been attributed to the increasing collaboration between employers and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in a drive to improve workplace safety. In Ohio and five nearby states, fatal work-related disasters slipped from 130 in 2007 to 115 in 2011, said Bill Wilkerson, director of OSHA's office in Cincinnati.

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