Worker deaths in Indiana increase slightly: report
Indianapolis – In 2013, 123 Indiana workers died – an increase from 115 in 2012 – but it was still the third lowest number recorded, according to the Indiana Department of Labor.
The Indiana Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries 2013 preliminary analysis, released Sept. 15, lists the leading cause of worker deaths in the state as transportation-related events (58). Violence and other injuries caused by people or animals accounted for 26 deaths, followed by contact with objects or equipment (16); exposure to harmful substances or environments (10); slips, trips and falls (nine); and fires and explosions (three).
Industries that experienced the highest number of worker deaths in 2013 were:
- Transportation and warehousing (25)
- Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (17)
- Construction (15 – down from 22 in 2012)
- Manufacturing (12)
Data on fatal work injuries in Indiana has been collected since 1992. The state had a high of 195 worker deaths in 1994.