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California workplace fatalities remain stable in 2017

Transportation-related incidents account for highest percentage of fatalities

Posted December 20, 2018

California’s Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) occupational fatality report shows 376 workplace fatalities in 2017, the same as in 2016. The state’s workplace fatality rate remains stable with slight fluctuations over the past eight years.

The top causes of workplace deaths in 2017:

  • Transportation-related incidents (37 percent);
  • Trips, slips, and falls (22 percent), with 88 percent of those deaths involving falls to a lower level;
  • Assaults and violent acts in the workplace (17 percent); and
  • Contact with objects or equipment (14 percent).

The data comes from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), which is conducted annually in conjunction with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

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