Local workplace fatality rate is higher for Hispanics
An average of nearly one worker death occurred each week in Massachusetts last year, including five firefighters who died from work-related cancer and heart disease, according to a new report from the Massachusetts AFL-CIO and the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupation Safety and Health, or MassCOSH.
Another report finding: Hispanic workers, a growing population in Massachusetts and the nation, experience workplace deaths at a much higher rate then that of white, non-Hispanic workers. In 2010, 3.5 Hispanic workers died on the job per 100,000 versus 1.2 deaths per 100,000 for white, non-Hispanic workers, the two organizations said.
What's more, workplace violence continues to be a major work hazard, responsible for the deaths of three workers who were killed during the performance of their work in 2010, the report's authors wrote.
The report is titled, "Dying for Work in Massachusetts: The Loss of Life and Limb in Massachusetts Workplaces." And one conclusion of the report is that a lack of safety precautions and workplace oversight are costing workers their lives.
Compared to many other states, Massachusetts is one of the safest states to work in the country, in part because of a high concentration of low-risk injuries, the national AFL-CIO reported earlier in the week.
Crunching more recent data and focusing on the Bay State, the Massachusetts AFL-CIO and MassCOSH concluded there is still much to be done to make the state's workplaces even safer.
In a statement, Robert Haynes, president of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO, said, "Of the 47 families who suffered the pain of losing a loved one at work this year, many have to struggle with the fact that an existing safety regulation could have saved their loved ones' life. All an employer had to do was care enough to properly implement it.”