Louisiana work-related fatalities 2014 data released

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

BATON ROUGE – 120 Louisiana workers died on the job in 2014, according to a preliminary count by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in its Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries.

    Industries reporting the most fatalities in 2014 were trade, transportation and utilities with 37, followed by natural resources and mining with 23, construction with 19, government with 12, professional and business services with seven and manufacturing with seven. The government sector includes five local government employees who died as a result of transportation accidents and the professional and business services sector includes landscaping and building services workers who died as a result of a slip, trip or fall.

    Non-fatal injuries and illnesses in Louisiana improved to their lowest level in a decade in 2013, according to a separate BLS survey released last December. Louisiana ranked second-safest in the nation in 2013, behind only Washington D.C., for the rate of non-fatal injuries and illnesses.

     “While our ranking is a credit to the attention that Louisiana employers pay to safety, any loss of life is a tragedy and we also recognize how disruptive other injuries are to Louisiana families,” said Curt Eysink, executive director of the Louisiana Workforce Commission. “We appreciate the work of Louisiana employers to make Louisiana an even safer state.”