State: Worker deaths up last year in Washington

The Associated PressFebruary 18, 2011 

Washington's Department of Labor & Industries says the number of workplace deaths in the state climbed in 2010, with 86 men and women dying from job-related injuries.

A report issued by the agency on Thursday says the deaths are the most reported since 2006 and a steep climb from the 65 fatalities reported in 2009. The 2010 fatalities include the seven men and women killed in an explosion at the Tesoro refinery in Anacortes.

The report says deaths involving farm workers, loggers and workers in the fishing industry accounted for 20 of the fatalities last year.

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