The Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health and the Massachusetts AFL-CIO recently released work-related death statistics for last year. According to the report, Massachusetts had 62 work-related deaths last year, among them car crashes, industrial accidents, and workplace falls. The average age of death was 46.
The statistics have decreased since 2004, when Massachusetts had 81 work-related deaths, but safety advocates worry that some employers are not taking workplace hazards seriously enough. In a few cases, the employer involved in the workplace accident had already been cited by OSHA for safety violations.
Advocates say that many of these deaths could have been prevented by following safety precautions, but some of these employers find it less expensive to pay the fines than to actually correct the safety issues.
Source: Study finds 62 work-related deaths last year in Massachusetts, EnterpriseNews.com, April 28, 2010
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