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40% of All Workplace Fatalities Are Transportation Related

PORTLAND, OR - Portland, Oregon’s Lee Briney, CSP, American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Columbia-Willamette Chapter President met with several trucking, state and federal officials to discuss the high tangible and intangible costs of car crashes this week at the Jubitz travel center...

WY: Task Force to Recommend Occupational Epidemiologist Soon

CHEYENNE, WY - The Star-Tribune reports that the Wyoming workplace epidemiologist selection committee has recently narrowed a pool of applicants and plans to make a recommendation soon to the governor for an occupational epidemiologist to research the underlying cause for Wyoming's workplace fatality...

OR: DCBS Published Quarterly Fatality Report

Portland, OR (CompNewsNetwork) - The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services has posted the Quarterly Fatality Report for the 2nd quarter of 2010 (04/01/2010-06/30/2010). DCBS has received notification of two compensable fatalities accepted for workers’ compensation benefits for this...

SC: Fatal Work Injuries Fall To Record Low In 2009

Columbia, SC (CompNewsNetwork) - A preliminary total of 73 fatal work injuries were recorded in South Carolina in 2009, down from a final count of 87 fatal work injuries in 2008. The 2009 total represents the smallest annual preliminary total since the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) program...

WA: L&I Shows Workplace Fatalities Declined In WA For 2009

Tumwater, WA (CompNewsNetwork) - The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics on Thursday released its preliminary statistics for 2009, reporting that work-related deaths declined in Washington state last year to numbers not seen since 2000. The BLS, which produces an annual Census of Fatal Occupational...

MT: Workplace Safety Plans Can Reduce On The Job Injuries And Fatalities

Helena, MT (CompNewsNetwork) - The Occupational Safety and Health Bureau of the Montana Department of Labor and Industry offers free safety consultation services to all Montana employers. “We are encouraging all employers to use this free service to help reduce workplace injuries and fatalities...

OR: 2009 Compensable Fatality Characteristics Tables

Portland, OR (CompNewsNetwork) - The Department of Consumer and Business Services’ Workers’ Compensation Division received notification of 31 claims accepted for fatality benefits during the 2009 calendar year. The fatality tables include claims characteristics data such as the event of injury...

TX: Gov. Honors Fallen And Injured Texas Peace Officers And First Responders

Dallas, TX (CompNewsNetwork) - Gov. Rick Perry today honored peace officers, firefighters and emergency medical first responders who have been seriously injured or killed in the line of duty for the sacrifices they have made to protect Texans. The governor spoke at the annual Star of Texas Awards. ...

TX: Work-Related Fatalities Increased In 2009

Austin, TX (CompNewsNetwork) - Texas recorded a preliminary total of 480 work-related fatalities in 2009, a 4 percent increase compared to the revised 2008 total of 463 fatalities. Nationally, there were 4,340 fatal work injuries in 2009, a decrease of 17 percent from the revised total in 2008, according...

NC: DOL Releases 2010 Workplace Fatality Figures

Raleigh, NC (CompNewsNetwork) - Preliminary figures released today by the N.C. Department of Labor show 48 fatal work accidents in 2010, up from 34 in 2009, with the two leading causes of workplace fatalities being struck-by accidents and falls. “Any workplace death is a tragedy and of great...

WA: Workplace Deaths Rises

Tumwater, WA (CompNewsNetwork) - Workplace deaths in Washington state climbed in 2010, with 86 men and women killed due to job-related trauma, according to a report on work-related fatalities the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) released today. The deaths are the most reported since...

OR: 2010 Workplace Deaths Figure Represents All-Time Low

Salem, OR (CompNewsNetwork) - Seventeen people covered by Oregon’s workers’ compensation system died on the job during 2010, the Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS) announced today. The total represents an all-time low in Oregon and is likely tied, to some degree, to...

The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire: One Hundred Years Later

On March 25, 1911 six hundred workers were ending their day at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company on the top floors of the 10-story Asch Building located on Washington Square East in Manhattan. Shortly before 4:45 p.m. fire broke out in wooden scrap boxes under the cutting tables. Workers rushed to...

MI: Michigan OSHA Announces Initiative To Help Prevent Workplace Electrocutions

Lansing, MI (CompNewsNetwork) - One of the most tragic events in the workplace occurs when an employee is killed or seriously injured on the job. MIOSHA has investigated 63 electrocution fatalities in general industry and construction in the 10-year period from 2001 through 2010 … read more

The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire: One Hundred Years Later

On March 25, 1911 six hundred workers were ending their day at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company on the top floors of the 10-story Asch Building located on Washington Square East in Manhattan. Shortly before 4:45 p.m. fire broke out in wooden scrap boxes under the cutting tables. Workers rushed to...

MO: Missouri Dept. Approves First Line Of Duty Claims To Assist Survivors

Jefferson City, MO (CompNewsNetwork) - The Missouri Labor Department’s Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) mailed the first checks to families of loved ones killed in the line of duty after approving the two claims filed in 2010. These Missouri families each received $25,000 from the...

25-Year-Old Construction Worker Receives First Full Face Transplant

A 25-year-old construction worker who lost most of his facial features to electrical burns became the first person in the US to receive a full face transplant. Dallas Wiehs was operating a boom lift in 2008 when it came into contact with an overhead power line. The construction accident cost Wiehs'...

Kids’ Chance of America: How You Can Make a Difference

Kids' Chance of America and two-dozen state Kids’ Chance organizations improve the lives of children with a parent killed or seriously disabled in an on-the-job injury, by providing scholarships to finish their post-high school education. At year’s end we pause to appreciate the volunteers...

Kids' Chance: Over $8M in Scholarships Awarded to Date

In 2013, there were 4,405 workplace fatalities in the United States. In 2011, there were more than 190,000 workers sustaining injuries that required more than thirty days of lost work time. In addition to the affected workers, the families are also impacted by these losses. Children in particular are...