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The construction industry's fatality rate, which takes into account changes in the total workforce, declined from 9.7 per 100,000 full-time-equivalent workers in 2013 to 9.5 in 2014, according to a preliminary report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It was the fourth highest fatality rate after agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (24.9); mining, quarrying, oil and gas extraction (14.1); and transportation and warehousing (13.5). The national fatality rate was 3.3. 

However, the number of construction deaths rose to a total of 874 in 2014, a 6 percent increase compared to 2013 and the largest number of fatalities since 2008, when there were 975. Across all industries, BLS reports there were 4,679 workplace fatalities last year, up 2 percent from 2013. 

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