RI #1 in workplace safety

This is really good news — and as such won’t get mentioned on talk radio or be the subject of Projo staff editorials:

Rhode Island had the best record for worker safety in 2006, with the lowest rate of job fatalities, according to the annual Death on the Job report scheduled for release today by the AFL-CIO. The study includes how many people lost their lives or were injured at workplaces.

Rhode Island’s rate for worker fatalities was 1.8 per 100,000 workers, slightly less than half the national average of 4 per 100,000 workers, the national labor organization’s data show. Rhode Island tied with New Hampshire for the lowest worker fatality rate and Alaska had the highest. In total, Rhode Island had 10 deaths and 17,200 cases of work place injuries and illnesses in 2006.

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