Oct 30, 2012

Workplace deaths: Florida second in nation, region has a dozen or more yearly #OHS #SAFETY

There were 4,609 workplace deaths nationwide last year, according to a late-September U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report, which showed 227 deaths in Florida, including five in Collier County and seven in Lee. Just as it had a year earlier, Florida ranked second nationally, after California, which had 360 deaths.

"It is alarming that 13 people a day are dying from work-related injuries," said Richard A. Pollock, president of the American Society of Safety Engineers. "This is a serious problem that we find unacceptable.

"These incidents can be prevented," he said, urging companies and organizations to use safety measures. "Remember, these are 4,609 people who left for work in the morning and never returned home to their families."

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To read the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report, go here: www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/cfoi.pdf