Reported by Rikki King / Herald Writer
From 2000 through 2011, 62 people died in Snohomish County from injuries suffered at work. Employers must report serious injuries and fatalities to the state Department of Labor &Industries.
L&I tracks and investigates the incidents, spokesman Hector Castro said. They share their data with federal researchers.
They look for emerging trends and hazards to bolster outreach and enforcement.
State investigators often find safety violations at workplaces after deaths, Castro said.
L&I inspects the site, interviews witnesses and reviews safety plans and training programs. The agency determines whether a fine is warranted. Some cases, such as those with potential negligence, are forwarded to local prosecutors for possible criminal charges.
The most frequent workplace safety violation is the absence of an accident-prevention program, Castro said.
“It’s about establishing a safety culture at your workplace,” he said. “That can make a huge difference.”
These data don’t include deaths related to health conditions that may or may not be work-related. L&I doesn’t investigate workplace deaths on tribal or federal lands. To be considered a “workplace,” a business needs at least one employer and one employee.
Job-related fatalities in Snohomish County, 2000-11
|Vehicle collision or struck by vehicle||14|
|Struck by falling/flying object||7|
|Plane or helicopter crash||5|
|Job-induced heart attack||1|
|Transportation and warehousing||6|
|Health care and social assistance||3|
|Other services, except public administration||2|
|Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting||2|
|Accommodation and food services||2|
|Real estate, rental and leasing||1|
|Professional, scientific and technical services||1|
|Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers||7|
|Tree trimmers and pruners||3|
|Direct supervisors in construction and extraction||3|
|Assemblers and fabricators||2|
|Fishers and fishing-related workers||2|
|Property, real estate and community association managers||2|
|Bus and truck mechanics, and diesel engine specialists||2|
|Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeepers||2|
|Electrical and electronics engineering technicians||1|
|Food service managers||1|
|Cement masons and concrete finishers||1|
|Captains, mates and pilots of vessels||1|
|Automotive body and related repairers||1|
|Computer and information systems managers||1|
|Material moving workers||1|
|Stock clerks and order fillers||1|
|Power plant operators||1|
|Operating engineers and construction equipment operators||1|
|Floor layers, except carpet, wood and hard tiles||1|
|Mining machine operators||1|
|Direct supervisors of retail sales workers||1|
|Maintenance and repair workers||1|
|Landscaping and groundskeeping workers||1|
|Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers and weighers||1|
|Food processing workers||1|
|Airline pilots, copilots and flight engineers||1|
|Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines||1|
|19 and under||2|
|White, including Hispanic||56|
|Asian or Pacific Islander||3|
|Not of Hispanic origin||57|
|Country of origin||Fatalities|
|State of residence||Fatalities|
SOURCE: Washington Department of Labor &Industries