Massachusetts Reports 50 Workers Died on the Job in 2014

May 1, 2015

Fifty workers died from injuries on the job in Massachusetts last year.

That’s according to a report released Tuesday by the Massachusetts AFL-CIO and the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupation Safety and Health.

Transportation workers – including taxi, bus and truck drivers – suffered a high number of fatalities, with nine on-the-job deaths last year.

Firefighters also suffered heavy losses. Two died fighting a Back Bay fire in Boston and 10 more died from occupational illnesses.

Workplace homicides claimed three workers in 2014 and another three in the first three months of 2015.

Falls from heights were among the most common cause of worker fatalities, accounting for nine deaths.

The report says the average fine assessed to an employer with OSHA violations resulting in the death of a worker was $12,900.

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