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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Washington Has the Third Lowest Workplace Death Toll in the Nation

Posted by on Tue, May 7, 2013 at 10:35 AM

For all the bitching from Republicans and their corporate patrons about the allegedly crushing burden of our state's workers compensation system and workplace safety regulations, at least it's not the workers themselves who are being crushed. In fact, a new AFL-CIO report finds that Washington state has the third lowest workplace death toll in the nation: 1.9 fatalities a year per 100,000 workers, compared to a national average of 3.5.

So congratulations to Washington businesses and workers for making our state a relatively safe place to work. But also—and here's something I'm guessing they don't hear too often—three cheers to the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries for a regulatory job well done!


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Argh! He got a $45K GRANT from L&I.
Posted by Emily68 on May 8, 2013 at 9:16 AM · Report this
A number of years ago my husband got a $45K from L&I to provide 6 days of arborist training to ~45 Washington arborists. (Being an arborist is a really good way to be injured on the job, especially of you're a yahoo who doesn't know what you are doing.) On one of the days, two guys from L&I showed up unannounced to make sure there really was some training going on and to make sure the training was actually good. I was impressed with L&I, both for providing the dough and for checking up.
Posted by Emily68 on May 8, 2013 at 9:14 AM · Report this
@4 There weren't any lumberjacks in Washington; they were/ are loggers. You are correct about the danger. In the sixties the logging companies paid almost as much per hour for insurance as they did for wages.
Posted by ravenraven on May 7, 2013 at 8:42 PM · Report this
Geni 7
It's hard to get killed writing code. Although I'd make an exception in the case of the developers of Lync 2013.
Posted by Geni on May 7, 2013 at 2:13 PM · Report this
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn 6

Er, not 4, but 12. But even then it doesn't change much. Also, if you are giving Alaska's deaths to Washington, do you add the population divisor too? And do you subtract migrant farm workers who don't live in Washington?

Seems to me you should let Alaska regulate what goes down in their jurisdiction and let Washington regulate what happens in Washington. Otherwise migrant workers aren't our problem and that seems crazy.
Posted by Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn on May 7, 2013 at 12:52 PM · Report this
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn 5

Not sure I see the point. Still, thanks L&I, for shutting down unlicensed paint shops.


Also, if you added all of Alaska's 39 deaths to Washington's 60, our rate would go from 1.9 to 2.8 per 100,000 workers, which would push or ranking from 3rd to 14th. But since only 30% of Alaska's deaths are in the fishing industry, you're only talking about adding maybe 4 deaths to Washington's 60, it doesn't change the rate or the ranking at all.

It's because Alaska's population is one tenth of Washington that comparisons of the two are so lopsided.
Posted by Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn on May 7, 2013 at 12:49 PM · Report this
Fnarf 4
@2, good point. I'll also bet our numbers didn't look so good back when we still had lots of lumberjacks. But we have lots of ultra-high-tech airplane makers and not too many barefoot chicken dismemberers or or unlicensed industrial paint shops.
Posted by Fnarf on May 7, 2013 at 11:07 AM · Report this
care bear 3
@2 beat me to it.
Posted by care bear on May 7, 2013 at 11:06 AM · Report this
delirian 2
I guess it is nice that Washington can let Alaska count the Alaskan fishermen deaths for them--even though probably half of them live and dock their ships in Washington.
Posted by delirian on May 7, 2013 at 11:04 AM · Report this
Yeah, I guess it's hard to get crushed at your desk while being a code-monkey.....
Posted by Here's some context asshole on May 7, 2013 at 11:00 AM · Report this

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