BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A report released Wednesday by the Louisiana Workforce Commission shows 120 workers died on the job in 2014 in the state. The numbers come from a preliminary count by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The report says the most fatalities in 2014 occurred in trade, transportation and utilities; 37 people died in those fields, 23 people reportedly died in the mining field, 19 in construction, 12 in government, seven in professional and business services, and seven in manufacturing.
In 2013, a separate survey shows Louisiana ranked second-safest in the nation, behind only Washington D.C., for the rate of non-fatal injuries and illnesses.
"While our ranking is a credit to the attention that Louisiana employers pay to safety, any loss of life is a tragedy and we also recognize how disruptive other injuries are to Louisiana families," said Curt Eysink, executive director of the Louisiana Workforce Commission.