Washington State Has Third Fewest Workplace Deaths for 2011
WASHINGTON - Washington state ranks third in the nation for having the fewest workers killed on the job in 2011.
According to a new report from the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, 60 workers died while at work in Washington State in 2011. That's the third lowest number of deaths for any state nationwide.
That statistic gives the state a fatality rate of 1.9 workers per 100,000 workers. The national average is 3.5, down from 3.6 the year before. Nationally, 4,693 workers died on the job in 2011.
The AFL-CIO report features profiles of workers' safety and health in each state and includes national information on workplace illnesses, injuries and fatalities as well as the number and frequency of workplace inspections, penalties, funding, staffing and public employee coverage under the Occupational Safety and Health Act.