After several years of continual decline, deaths from fatal workplace injuries in Washington State fell once again in 2011. The total number for this past year was 51 – representing the lower number of work-related deaths in the state’s history. Workplace deaths are reported in the Washington FACE 2011 Work-Related Fatalities Report, and are based on initial data.
The report is produced by the Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) program, which is administered by researchers with the department of Labor & Industry’s Safety and Health Assessment and Research for Prevention (SHARP) program. FACE is a component of a national initiative conceived and implemented study workplace fatalities.
In past years, according to the department of Labor & Industries, Washington has averaged between 80 and 90 work-related deaths per year. The previous low occurred in 2009, when 65 workers died on the job.
The 2011 report noted that a smaller number of workers died on the job in sectors like agriculture, forestry, fishing and manufacturing. There were also fewer workplace incidents involving multiple victims.
The workplace fatality report also noted that:
- On-the-job automobile collisions were the leading cause of workplace fatalities in 2011, with 19 deaths. Eight of those involved heavy or tractor trailer truck drivers.
- Small businesses (defined as having 10 employees or less) accounted for 35% of all workplace fatalities.
- Workers in the 50-59 age group suffered the highest number of deaths.
- Surprisingly, fatalities in the construction industry remained low, with six deaths reported in 2011.
Despite improving trends, many Washington workers continue to suffer occupational illness and high numbers of workplace injuries. If you have been injured on the job, or have received a notice of requirement from L&I to attend an Independent Medical Examination, please contact an L&I Lawyer at Emery Reddy for help with your case. We represent and help clients will all kinds of injuries, including back injuries, work-related hearing loss, repetitive strain injuries, construction site injuries and occupational illness. Emery Reddy’s Workers Compensation Attorneys can also help you recover your workers compensation benefits from the Department of Labor and Industries, appeal denied L&I claims, and manage any other difficulty you might be experiencing with your L&I claim.