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March 25, 2009

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Jeff

52,000 might be too big. This lawyer's site (http://www.weitzlux.com/workaccidentshistory_725.html) says, "Under a different reporting system, data from the National Safety Council from 1933 through 1997 indicate that deaths from unintentional work-related injuries declined 90%, from 37 per 100,000 workers to 4 per 100,000 (3)." If the workforce were really half of 132MM, a rate of 37/100K would make less than half that. Perhaps there were a lot of intentional work-related injuries?

John Ptak

It does sound pretty high, but it was wartime, and everyone was working (including newbies) at building big and sharp things, quickly...Also this is something like 1/100th of the American working population...I dunno. It does sound like a lot.

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