Work-related fatalities in Snohomish County

  • Fri Jun 1st, 2012 2:09pm
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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

What happenedFatalities
Vehicle collision or struck by vehicle14
Fall12
Machinery8
Struck by falling/flying object7
Plane or helicopter crash5
Suicide4
Electrocution3
Homicide3
Drowning2
Accidental shooting1
Dog bite1
Job-induced heart attack1
Fire1
Total62

IndustryFatalities
Construction15
Manufacturing7
Administrative/support/waste, etc.7
Transportation and warehousing6
Retail6
Public administration3
Health care and social assistance3
Educational services3
Wholesale trade2
Other services, except public administration2
Mining2
Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting2
Accommodation and food services2
Real estate, rental and leasing1
Professional, scientific and technical services1
Total62

JobFatalities
Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers7
Carpenters4
Tree trimmers and pruners3
Direct supervisors in construction and extraction3
Construction laborers2
Assemblers and fabricators2
Security guards2
Fishers and fishing-related workers2
Registered nurses2
Property, real estate and community association managers2
Bus and truck mechanics, and diesel engine specialists2
Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeepers2
Electrical and electronics engineering technicians1
Drivers/sales workers1
Crossing guards1
Corrections officers1
Construction managers1
Commercial pilots1
Food service managers1
Cement masons and concrete finishers1
Carpet installers1
Captains, mates and pilots of vessels1
Automotive body and related repairers1
Computer and information systems managers1
Material moving workers1
Stock clerks and order fillers1
Roofers1
Power plant operators1
Postsecondary teachers1
Police1
Operating engineers and construction equipment operators1
Floor layers, except carpet, wood and hard tiles1
Mining machine operators1
Direct supervisors of retail sales workers1
Maintenance and repair workers1
Lodging managers1
Landscaping and groundskeeping workers1
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers and weighers1
Food processing workers1
Airline pilots, copilots and flight engineers1
Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines1
Total62

GenderFatalities
Male57
Female5
Total62

AgeFatalities
19 and under2
20-299
30-3912
40-4913
50-5915
60+11
Total62

RaceFatalities
White, including Hispanic56
Asian or Pacific Islander3
Black2
American Indian1
Total62

EthnicityFatalities
Not of Hispanic origin57
Hispanic origin5
Total62

Country of originFatalities
U.S.53
Ukraine2
Mexico2
Vietnam1
Thailand1
El Salvador1
Sweden1
India1
Total62

State of residenceFatalities
Washington60
Louisiana1
British Colombia1
Total62

SOURCE: Washington Department of Labor &Industries

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State Department of Labor &Industries.

L&I fatality data.

Explanation of state laws.