The state Department of Labor & Industries this week released its 2015 report concerning workplace deaths in Washington.
Among the data:
▪ Only 2011 and 2013 recorded fewer annual workplace deaths than in 2015, when the state saw 58 work-related deaths, 18 fewer than in 2014.
▪ Workplace deaths have annually declined by about 3.5 percent since 2006, when 90 incidents were recorded.
▪ Among workplace deaths in 2015, 21 percent of workers were Hispanic; 15 percent were 20 to 29 years old; 50 percent were over 50 years old; and 91 percent were male.
▪ Five workers were tree fallers, four were truck drivers and three wildland firefighters died in a single incident.
▪ The agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting industries accounted for 15 deaths; construction for nine; manufacturing for eight; and seven for public administration. Other industries included waste management and remediation, transportation and warehousing; retail trade; other services; wholesale trade and professional services.
▪ Falls were the leading cause of death, with 15 fatalities; followed by motor vehicle incidents; machine-related incidents; struck-by-object, especially in the forestry sector; homicide; air transportation; poisoning; drowning; suicide; and water transportation.
▪ Six of the state’s fatalities occurred in Pierce County; one in Thurston County; and 11 in King County.
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