29 Oregon workers died on the job in 2013. That’s according to the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services. That compares to 30 in 2012, and an all-time low of 17 in 2010. Seven of those workers were in construction. Another six worked in logging. Because of the nature of their work, construction tends to see the highest numbers.
Workplace deaths have been tracked in Oregon since 1943. In the 1980s, there was an average of 81 deaths per year at work. That number declined to 55 per year in the 90s. Oregon OSHA continues to hold safety workshops to help continue to bring the number of work fatalities down.