Workplace fatalities fall in California

The Department of Industrial Relations today posted preliminary workplace fatality statistics for California in 2014.

The Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries data reflect a total of 334 fatal work injuries statewide in 2014, a decrease of 16% from the 396 workplace deaths reflected in the final 2013 data.

Deaths for Hispanic or Latino workers also decreased 35% from 194 in 2013 to 127 in 2014. Preliminary data for the United States show an increase of 2% from 4,585 in 2013 to 4,769 in 2014.

“The downward trend in workplace fatalities for Latinos and all workers in California is encouraging,” said DIR Director Christine Baker.

“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.”

Key findings of the preliminary 2014 CFOI in California:

  • The total number of workplace fatalities are the lowest reported since 2010, and remain below the pre-2008 recession average.
  • Over one third (35%) of all California workplace deaths identified in 2014 occurred in transportation incidents. Traffic accidents that occur on public roads are under the jurisdiction of the California Highway Patrol.
  • One in five (22%) of all California workplace deaths identified in 2014 were attributed to violent acts and 21% due to trips, slips and falls.
  • Fatal workplace injuries among Latino workers represent 38% of all cases identified in 2014, compared to 49% counted in final data the year before.

In April, DIR published a report examining fatal occupational injury trends among Latinos from 2009 – 2013.

The report made recommendations for specialized, language-appropriate training for workers prior to performing hazardous work.

“These preliminary statistics on California workplace fatalities provide us with valuable information to protect workers. With evidence and data, we continually refine and strengthen workplace safety and health regulations, training materials, and outreach and education efforts for employers and workers,” said Cal/OSHA chief Juliann Sum.

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