MT Workplace Safety Plans Can Reduce On The Job Injuries And Fatalities

Helena, MT (CompNewsNetwork) - The Occupational Safety and Health Bureau of the Montana Department of Labor and Industry offers free safety consultation services to all Montana employers. “We are encouraging all employers to use this free service to help reduce workplace injuries and fatalities,” said Labor Commissioner Keith Kelly. “Safety Plans will not only help keep employees safe while earning their paycheck, they can help reduce workers' comp costs improving the bottom line.”
According to the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) report released by the Department's Research and Analysis Bureau, there were 50 work-related fatalities in Montana during 2009. Historically work-related fatalities range between 45 and 55 in the Treasure State. “On the job safety has got to be a priority here in Big Sky Country,” said Commissioner Kelly. “There are some companies making great strides in keeping their employees safe, but others need to step up to the plate and make safety a part of their work culture.” 
The fatality census, conducted throughout the nation, is part of a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Safety and Health Statistics program that provides a complete count of fatal work injuries in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Fatality statistics are used to fulfill a commitment to increasing safety in the workplace.
Transportation incidents remain the most frequent type of fatal work related event and accounted for 22 (44%) of the 50 fatal occupational injuries to Montana workers during 2009.
- Assaults & violent acts accounted for thirteen (26%) fatalities
- Contact with objects and equipment had seven (14%) fatalities, and fatalities resulting from exposure to harmful substances or environments had three (6%)
- Twenty-eight (56%) of the employees fatally injured worked for others, earning wages or salaries.
- Twenty-two (44%) were self-employed workers -- including farmers and paid and unpaid family workers.

The age category with the highest number of workplace fatalities was the 55-64 years category with twelve deaths (24%), followed by the 35-44 years category with eleven deaths (22%).
The CFOI study includes data for all fatal work injuries, whether they are covered by the Occupational Safety and Health Act or other federal or state agency regulations, or are outside the scope of regulatory coverage.

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