Workplace Deaths in Calif. Dropped by 16% in 2014, State Data Show
Fatal workplace accidents fell from 396 in 2013 to 334 in 2014.
According to CDIR, California experienced the lowest number of work-related deaths last year since 2010.
Hispanic workers saw a 35% year-over-year decrease in work-related deaths, according to the data.
The data also showed that:
- Traffic accidents accounted for 35% of all workplace deaths last year, the same rates as in 2013;
- Violent acts accounted for 22% of deaths, up from 20% in 2013; and
- Slips, trips and falls accounted for 21% of deaths, up from 16% in 2013.
CDIR Director Christine Baker said, "The downward trend in workplace fatalities for Latinos and all workers in California is encouraging." She added, "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" (Harrison, Business Insurance, 9/18).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.