The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that New England recorded fewer work-related deaths last year. They attribute this trend partly to the recession. Final statistics will be released in April, but preliminary data for Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire showed only 136 workplace deaths in 2008, as opposed to 163 in 2007.
In Massachusetts, 61 workers died last year compared to 75 the previous year. Forty-five of those workplace fatalities were white, non-Hispanics. Thirty percent of those deaths were transportation accidents. Falls were the cause of death behind fifteen of those fatalities and ten workers died as a result of exposure to harmful substances or environment. Eight workers died as a result of violent assaults or self-inflicted injuries.
The majority of workers killed in New England last year were men between the ages of 25 and 64. For the purposes of this report, workers must have been engaged in a legal work activity or present as a requirement of this job. The report does not include deaths that occur while commuting.
Source: Feds Report Fewer Workplace Deaths in New England, InsuranceJournal.com, November 23, 2009
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