N.H. ‘08 worker deaths decline drastically


New Hampshire reported a 50 percent decrease in fatal work injuries in 2008 from the previous year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. New England states in general showed a decrease in work-related deaths, which fell from 163 in 2007 to 136 in 2008. Individually, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Connecticut all showed a decrease from the previous year, while Rhode Island and Maine showed an increase. There was no change in the number of work-related deaths in Vermont during the period. In New Hampshire, 14 work-related deaths were reported in 2007. Four deaths occurred from contact with objects and equipment, four from transportation incidents, and three from assaults and violent acts. In 2008, there seven such deaths reported, with three occurring from falls.New Hampshire reported the second-lowest number of work-related deaths nationally in 2008, right behind Rhode Island, with six deaths and right ahead of the District of Columbia with nine deaths, Vermont with 10 deaths, and Delaware with 11. Nationally, according to the BLS, the 2008 preliminary count of 5,071 work-related deaths showed a 10 percent decrease from the revised total of 5,657 work-related deaths reported in 2007.More work-related fatalities resulted from transportation incidents than any other event, especially highway incidents. Texas reported the highest number of work-related fatalities, with 457 deaths in 2008, down from an even higher 528 deaths in 2007. Both years, the vast majority of deaths occurred because of transportation accidents.The fall of the economy is thought to be one of the reasons for the decrease in work-related deaths, since the number of hours worked by employees have also decreased. – LAURA CHAMBERLAIN/NEW HAMPSHIRE BUSINESS REVIEW
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