A new post from MSNBC shows that 4,551 people were killed while on the job in the U.S. in 2009. MSNBC says that number eclipses the total number of U.S. fatalities for the nine-year Iraq War.

MSNBC also links to an article by the Center for Public Integrity, which says that "combined with the 50,000 people who die annually from work-related diseases, it's as if a fully loaded Boeing 737-700 crashed every day."

At issue is the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 which entitles American workers to "safe and healthful" condition in their workplace.