OKLAHOMA workplace deaths drop in 2000

Tuesday, August 14th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ Oklahoma had 82 workplace fatalities in 2000, a 17 percent decline from the 99 deaths recorded the previous year, a report showed Tuesday.

The decrease is mostly attributable to declines in the construction, services and government industry categories, state Labor Commissioner Brenda Reneau Wynn said.

The 2000 Fatal Occupational Injury Survey, based on U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, showed 41 fatal accidents in transportation, a decrease of three from a year ago.

Twelve people died from contact with equipment, a decrease of one, and 11 were killed after being struck by an object, an increase of five.

Nine workers were the victims of violent acts, down from 14 last year. Environmental exposure claimed nine lives, compared with 12 a year ago.