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Oregon reports 10 worker deaths in first quarter of 2014


Oregon’s Department of Consumer and Business Services reported one less workplace fatality during the first quarter of 2014 than in the same time period last year, according to a report distributed this week.

A total of 10 workers were killed between January and March 2014, compared with 11 workers during that period in 2013, according to the department’s report, which was emailed to subscribers on Tuesday. Data was compiled using insurer-accepted claims, including fatal occupational injuries or diseases that entitled workers and/or survivors to workers compensation benefits.

One fatality was reported in the agriculture, forestry, fishing and mining sectors this year to date, whereas five fatalities were reported across those industries during the first quarter of 2013, according to the report.

Four industries with no reported deaths during the previous year’s first quarter had fatal occupational injuries or diseases in 2014, including three deaths in administrative support, waste management and remediation services; two in state and local government; one in wholesale trade; and one in arts, entertainment and recreation, the report shows.

“Oregon has seen a downward trend in workplace fatalities in recent years,” a representative of the Oregon consumer department said, in an email to Business Insurance. “However, each workplace death means a worker cannot come home to his or her family at the end of the day — and we know there is still much we can do to prevent these tragedies.

“In addition to inspecting worksites and investigating accidents, Oregon OSHA (a division of DCBS) offers consultation services, educational workshops, training videos, and website information to help Oregon employers create or improve their safety and health programs.”

A total of 29 Oregon workers died on the job last year, compared with 30 people in 2012, the Oregon department said.