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Report: Maine's Workplace Fatality Rate Higher than Average
05/09/2013 11:37 AM ET  

Maine's rate of 4.2 deaths per 100 thousand workers is higher than the national rate of 3.5.

Maine's rate of workplace fatalities is higher than that of its New England neighbors, and higher than the national average, according to a new report released by the AFL-CIO.

In 2011, 26 workers were killed while on the job in Maine. Matt Schlobohm, executive director of Maine AFL-CIO, says that Maine has a lot of room for improvement in workplace safety.

Schlobohm says lack of funding for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration might play a role in Maine's relatively high level of workplace fatalities. "Under current staffing levels, it would take OSHA 76 years to inspect each workplace in Maine once."

Maine's rate of 4.2 deaths per 100 thousand workers is higher than the national rate of 3.5. Out of 50 states, Maine ranks 30th, while New Hampshire ranks first. Of the top five, four were New England states. North Dakota ranked last.

This story was reported and written by Jennifer Mitchell.


 

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