Previously, we looked at the causes of workplace fatalities in 2008 according to government figures. Now, let’s take a look at where the deaths are occurring.
Texas had the highest number of workplace deaths in 2008: 457. However, that’s a 13% decrease from 528 deaths in 2007. (Note: The decrease may turn out to be lower. These figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics are preliminary and usually go up.)
California ranks second with 404 fatalities, also a decrease from the previous year. Florida is third with 290, once again, a decrease.
Overall, the number of workplace deaths nationwide fell from 5,657 in 2007 to 5,071 in 2008. However, 14 states had increases: Alaska, Delaware, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota and Virginia.
Texas ranked first in deaths due to contact with objects and equipment, and falls. OSHA recently started a special emphasis program on construction in Texas to prevent the number of construction fatalities there.
Texas also ranked first in deaths due to fires and explosions. Georgia ranked second in 2008 due to the Imperial Sugar Co. explosion and fire that killed 14 employees.
California had the most deaths due to assaults and violent acts, and exposure to harmful substances or environments.
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