SALT LAKE CITY — Workplace fatalities decreased in the state and nationwide last year.

Utah recorded a preliminary count of 39 work-related fatalities in 2011, compared with 41 incidents in 2010, reflecting a 5 percent decline.

Nationally, the count of 4,609 fatal injuries was down slightly from 4,690 in 2010.

Transportation incidents remained the most frequent type of fatal work-related events and accounted for 24, or 62 percent, of the 39 fatal occupational injuries to Utah workers during 2011.