Report: Oregon Workplace Deaths Up in 2012

By Jim McCoy Tue 5th March NewsOSHAworkplace safety
State officials say 30 people covered by Oregon's workers' compensation died on the job last year -a slight increase from the 28 deaths in 2011. The Department of Consumer and Business Services said Tuesday that the construction and trucking/transportation industries had the most worker fatalities last year, with five apiece. The agency compiles fatality statistics from records of death claim benefits paid by Oregon workers' compensation insurers during the calendar year. On-the-job injuries and deaths have declined in recent decades. In the 1990s, there was an average of 55 workplace deaths per year. In the 1980s, the average was 81 deaths. Complete statistics on all deaths caused by injuries in Oregon workplaces, regardless of whether they are covered by workers' compensation insurance, will be released in the fall.

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