Hilda SolisPreliminary results released last week by the Bureau of Labor Statistics' National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries show a slight decline in occupational fatalities.

BLS data shows that 4,609 workers died from work-related injuries in 2011, down from 4,690 in 2010.

It's a step in the right direction, but more needs to be done,” said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. “We will continue to collaborate with employers, workers, labor leaders, and safety and health professionals to ensure that every American who clocks in for a shift can make it home safe and sound at the end of the day. “

Solis noted that on average, 13 workers lose their lives every day in the U.S. – losses that ripple throughout their communities. “Children, parents, brothers, sisters and neighbors all bear an enormous burden when a loved one dies on the job.”