On-the-job deaths rose from 2013 to 2014 in construction and in the oil and gas industry, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Construction injuries – many of them falls – killed 874 workers last year, up from 828 the year before. But the death rate fell by 0.2 deaths per 100,000 workers in construction, to 9.5 deaths last year. BLS said that’s because construction, now recovering from the Great Recession, saw a large boost in working hours.
“Far too many people are still killed on the job — 13 workers every day taken from their families tragically and unnecessarily. These numbers underscore the urgent need for employers to provide a safe workplace for their employees as the law requires,” Labor Secretary Thomas Perez warned.
Increased deaths in construction and oil and gas are “why OSHA continues extensive outreach and strong enforcement campaigns in these industries,” he added. “The Department of Labor will continue to work with employers, workers, community organizations, unions and others to make sure that all workers can return home safely at the end of every day.”
The number of fatal injuries rose in Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York (and New York City), both Dakotas, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington, and Wyoming. Deaths almost tripled, from 11 to 31, in Hawaii. The biggest decline was in D.C., from 25 deaths in 2013 to 11 last year.
Excerpts from this article were taken from peoplesworld.org and bdcnetwork.com.