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Indiana sees slight decline in workplace deaths

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INDIANAPOLIS -

Indiana's labor department says that 2012 saw the state have its fewest workplace deaths of the past two decades.

The agency says Indiana had 113 worker deaths last year. That's down from 122 deaths during 2011.

Almost half of Indiana's 2012 worker deaths were transportation related. Twenty deaths happened at construction sites, while there were 10 manufacturing deaths.

State labor commissioner Sean Keefer says the decline in deaths means that employers and workers are doing a better job on safety issues.

The state's number of workplace deaths has been generally declining since reaching at least 190 fatalities twice in the 1990s.

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