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Jan. 30, 2006

Seventy-nine workers died on the job in 2005

TUMWATER — Seventy-nine workers died on the job in Washington in 2005, the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) said today. That’s down from 93 the year before.

The most common cause of death was motor vehicle accidents, followed by cases in which the victim was struck by an object, fell from elevation, or suffered crushing injuries.

“While we are heartened that there were fewer workplace fatalities last year, even one death is too many,” said Gary Weeks, director of L&I, which oversees workplace safety and health. “I firmly believe that most businesses want to do the right thing and prevent injuries and deaths, and we will continue to work with them as we balance effective education and outreach with enforcement, when it’s necessary.”

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For media information: Elaine Fischer, L&I Public Affairs, 360-902-6043 or nele235@LNI.wa.gov, or visit the L&I News and Media Center at www.LNI.wa.gov/News.

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