Washington state sees increase in on-the-job accidental deaths in 2009

The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries issued their report for Workplace Deaths Report for 2010 which found that the number of people killed in work-related accidents and assaults increased in 2010.

In 2010, 86 men and women were killed on-the-job which is a significant increase from the 65 fatalities reported in 2009.

L&I Drector, Judy Schurke, said:

Last year was a difficult one for worker safety, and this report demonstrates that. Behind these numbers are grieving families and traumatized co-workers. It is only with the continuing cooperation of labor, business and safety and health professionals that we can hope to prevent future deaths like these from happening.

In 2010 there were seven workers killed in the Tesoro refinery explosion in Anacortes, Washington. This was a great tragedy for the state especially as the investigation found that these deaths were preventable.

There were 20 job-related deaths among farm workers, fishing industry workers and loggers in 2010. Seven farm workers died in tractor-rollover accidents. These accidents may have been prevented if safety practices and maintenance had been adhered too.

2010 found a decline in workplace homicides and suicides. There were only seven last year compared to 20 in 2009.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have died in on-the-job accidents and construction accidents.  At The Farber Law Group, our lawyers are familiar with worker’s compensation laws and laws regarding 3rd parties. While money cannot fully compensate for a serious and debilitating injury or the loss of a loved one, compensation for medical expenses, lost earnings can help insure a stable future for you and your family. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.

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