Despite a drop nationally, the number of workplace fatalities remained unchanged in Utah last year.
The Utah Labor Commission is reporting the state saw 39 work-related fatalities in 2012, the same number as in 2011.
Nationally, there were 4,383 fatal injuries compared with 4,693 in 2011, a nearly 7 percent decline.
Transportation-related incidents remained the most frequent cause of work-related deaths in Utah last year. They accounted for 16, or 41 percent, of the fatal occupation injuries in 2012, according to the Labor Commission.
Seven fatalities occurred from assaults and other violent acts, which included five suicides at workplaces. Four fatalities occurred when workers fell or slipped. Contact with objects and equipment also accounted for seven fatalities.
Of the 39 workers killed in 2011, 34 were men, 30 were white (non-Hispanic) and nine were self-employed.
The Labor Commission also noted that the age categories with the highest number of workplace fatalities included 45 to 54 years old, with 13 deaths, or 33 percent, followed by 25 to 34 years old, with 11 deaths, or 28 percent.
Tribune writer Michael McFall contributed to this story.