2011 Marks Record Low for Washington Workplace Fatalities
January 2, 2012 -
WASHINGTON STATE - The Bureau of Labor Statistics for the US Department of Labor says 2011 marked a record low for work-related fatalities.
The Bureau says 58 people died from work injuries in Washington State, 46 people less than the year before, and the lowest year on record since analysts started publishing data in 1992.
State officials say of the of the 58 fatal work injuries, half of them were the result of transportation accidents.
Workers in the Transportation and material moving industry had the highest number of fatal work injuries, at 22. The majority of those fatalities were heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers.
The agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting industry had 4 fatalities 2011, 17 less than the previous year.
52 of the work related fatalities in 2011 were men, 6 of them were women.