Alaska Named One of the Most Dangerous Work Places in the Nation
When it comes to work-related deaths and injuries, Alaska is one of the top five states in the country
ANCHORAGE - When it comes to work-related deaths and injuries, Alaska is one of the top five states in the country.
The state released a report Tuesday using information from the Alaska Trauma Registry and the Alaska Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation database.
The report said between 2001 and 2010 there were 384 fatal work-related injuries.
Most of the people killed were men, and most were commercial fishermen who drowned.
Pilots are second in line for work-related deaths: Alaska lost 50 pilots in the 10-year period.
Construction work is the most dangerous job when it comes to non-fatal serious injuries. Most workers hurt themselves falling from ladders or scaffolding.
Falls were the most common cause of non-fatal injury.
The state uses the information to create workplace safety programs and advise employers on how to provide better protection for workers.
“Sometimes it's very simple such as having more training with ladders and scaffolding” said Deborah Hull-Jilly, the manager for the state’s Injury Surveillance Program Manager.
“Also looking at those slippery work surfaces or trip hazards or holes where a worker can potentially trip and fall into or catch a leg which causes fractures,” said Hull-Jilly.