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Fatal workplace accidents fell 16% in California last year, with Hispanic workers seeing a notable decrease in on-the-job deaths, according to the California Department of Industrial Relations.
California had 334 fatal work injuries in 2014, down from 396 in 2013, the department said Thursday in a statement. Last year was the lowest number of work-related deaths in California since 2010, according to the department's data.
While Hispanic workers represented 38% of all fatal workplace injuries last year, that group saw a 35% year-over-year decrease in fatal accidents in 2014, the industrial relations department said.
Traffic accidents and other transportation incidents accounted for 35% of all California workplace deaths last year, remaining unchanged from 2013, according to the data. Violent acts accounted for 22% of California workplace fatalities last year, up from 20% in 2013, while slips, trips and falls accounted for 21% of work deaths in 2014, up from 16% the prior year.
“The downward trend in workplace fatalities for Latinos and all workers in California is encouraging,” industrial relations director Christine Baker said in the statement. “It is our hope that this trend continues, and that employers continue to provide their workers the training, equipment and safety measures to protect all workers in our state.”
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to clarify that employers have continuing obligations to keep and maintain accurate injury and illness records.