Workplace Fatalities and Hospitalizations


The number of workplace deaths this year, excluding those determined to be from natural causes or under federal jurisdiction.

In Washington State, an average of 2 employees die each week from injuries or illnesses related to their work. Many others are hospitalized, sometimes with injuries or illnesses that will persist for a lifetime.

Underlying these deaths or hospitalizations are powerful messages about workplace hazard prevention. These messages can help keep other employees safe and working.

Learn what to do when a workplace death or hospitalization occurs.


Descriptions of recent fatalities

  • A worker was fatally injured after being struck by a motor vehicle while walking on a sidewalk. (4/17/14)
  • An owner was fatally injured after falling from a scaffold. (4/2/14)
  • A worker was fatally injured when large tree limb fell and struck the worker on the head. (3/27/14)
  • An owner was fatally injured during a natural disaster while installing a water heater at a residence. (3/22/14)
  • Two workers were fatally injured in a helicopter accident. (3/18/14)

View summaries of other work-related fatalities.

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Worker Memorial Day - A solemn reminder

This annual ceremony is held during April to honor the memories of workers who die every year due to workplace hazards.


Descriptions of recent hospitalizations

  • A worker sustained a fracture to the thumb and received an injury to the hand after falling off the back of a delivery truck. (4/9/2014)
  • A worker's wrist was fractured after the worker slipped in a wet area. (4/9/2014)
  • A worker sustained an injury to a finger after coming into contact with a metal desk. (4/8/2014)
  • A worker's shoulder was injured after the worker fell while playing with children during a kids program. (4/7/2014)
  • A worker's leg was fractured after the worker tripped and fell while pulling a mail rack. (4/7/2014)

View summaries of other work-related hospitalizations.

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