The most recent data from 2009 for the solid waste industry indicate that occupational fatalities have decreased substantially and the downward trend in days-away-from-work injuries and illnesses continues. These data, which are recorded by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), are encouraging. Yet the industry remains one of the top 10 most hazardous in the U.S. The total number of fatalities in 2009 was 43 after averaging 67 fatalities per year of the previous six years. Still, 83 percent of the 571 occupational fatalities between 2003 and 2009 occurred in the private sector.