Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the California DIR’s report of Fatal Occupational Injuries for 2015. 388 Californians were killed on the job in 2015, and the state experienced 13 multi-fatality incidents in 2015, accounting for a total of 48 workplace deaths, compared to six multi-fatality incidents in 2014 that resulted in 17 deaths.
Other notable statistics included that one in five (20%) of all California workplace deaths identified in 2015 were attributed to violence and other injuries by persons or animals, and workplace homicides accounted for 12% of all workplace deaths in the state in 2015. The DIR noted that Cal/OSHA will convene an advisory committee in January to address workplace violence. The percentage of Latino deaths in the workplace also was noted as an area the department is tracking closely, and is being targeted with increased workplace safety outreach and education.
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