A by-the-numbers look at fatal work accidents in the U.S.

Last month, the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics reported a positive trend regarding fatal work accidents: the number of them went down in 2013, at least based on preliminary numbers. However, there is still much to be concerned about when it comes to occupational accidents. Here's a by-the-numbers look at workplace fatalities.

4,405: The preliminary count of workplace fatalities in the U.S. in 2013.

3.2 per 100,000: 2013's rate of fatal work injuries.

6 percent: The reduction in workplace injuries between 2012 and 2013, according to preliminary numbers.

165: The average increase over the past five years in the number of cases included after the preliminary count.

7 percent: The increase in the number of work accident fatalities to Hispanic or Latino persons in 2013 over 2012. All other racial groups saw decreases in fatalities.

797: The number of Hispanic or Latino occupational fatalities included in 2013's preliminary count; the highest total for that group of workers since 2008.

734: The number of fatalities in 2013 who were identified as contractors; a slight increase over 2012. Contractors accounted for 17 percent of the workers who were killed on the job last year.

5: The number of workers who died in 2013 who were 16 years old or younger; the lowest number ever reported in the census.

25-34: The only age group of workers who saw an increase in occupational fatalities last year.

2 out of every 5: The number of workplace accidents that were classified as transportation accidents in 2013. Around 60 percent of those were roadway accidents.

699: The number of workers killed in 2013 due to falls, slips, or trips.

717: The amount of fatal work accidents that were due to a person coming into contact with objects or equipment.

21 percent: The increase in fatal work accidents that were due to fires or explosions.

796: The number of construction-related fatal workplace accidents. This industry, though seeing a decrease in accidents over the year, still accounted for the highest number of workplace accidents by industry.

20 percent: The decrease in accidents among the oil and gas extraction industry.

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