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In the six years from 2008 through 2013, 356 workers died on the job in Massachusetts.  This is about one worker every five days!  The MDPH CFOI and MA FACE projects developed this infographic to illustrate these tragic worker deaths and to underscore the human costs behind these statistics.

Fatalities_SnapshotDo you or someone you love work in the construction industry?  Working in this industry meant being five times more likely to die on the job.  Craving fish for dinner?  The workers catching this meal were almost 21 times more likely to die on the job.  Were you born outside of the U.S.?  One in five workers who died on the job was foreign-born.  And who doesn’t know someone working beyond the common retirement age of 65?  This age group was three times more likely to be fatally injured at work than workers under age 35.

So many lives lost when work-related fatalities are preventable.

What can employers do to help keep workers safe?  They can: Know. Request. Learn.

Know which OSHA standards apply.  

Complying with OSHA standards will help to protect workers from job-related injury and illness, including fatal injury.  Employers that do not adhere to these standards risk facing substantial fines.

While Massachusetts public sector employees are not covered under federal OSHA, the MA Department of Labor Standards (DLS), which enforces protections for these workers, utilizes OSHA standards as a basis for its inspections.

Request a free safety consultation.  

DLS offers free consultation services to both private and public sector workplaces to help employers recognize and control potential hazards at their work sites and assist in training employees.  Any unsafe or unhealthy working conditions identified must be made safe.  This service is confidential.

Learn from previous similar fatalities.  

MA FACE conducts research investigations of workplace deaths to learn about factors that contribute to work fatalities, and uses the information to develop and share recommendations to prevent similar deaths in the future.  MA FACE fatality investigation reports and recommendations, including those for the victims referenced in our infographic, are all available online.


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Occupational Fatality Projects Coordinator, Occupational Health Surveillance Program

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