ANCHORAGE (KTUU) -
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Data is sourced by the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development and the United States Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics.
According to both of these data sources, incidence rates, per 100 full-time workers, were calculated as: (N/EH) x 200,000.
N = number of injuries and illnesses
EH = total hours worked by all employees during the calendar year
200,000 = base for 100 equivalent full-time workers (working 40 hours per week, 50 weeks per year)
The data excludes reports from farms with fewer than 11 employees.
In 2015, Alaska ranked sixth highest, nationwide, for its rate of nonfatal workplace injury and illness incidents, per 100 full-time employees, at 3.9. Moreover, 14 people died that year, in Alaska, due to fatal occupational injuries.
Of this fatality total, six people died, due to coming in contact with objects and equipment, and five people died, due to transportation-related incidents. The cause of death for the three other cases went unreported.
Nationwide, a grand total of 4,836 people died, in 2015, due to fatal workplace injury and illness incidents.
In Alaska, the industry with the highest rate of nonfatal occupational incidents was Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting, at 8.1 incidents per 100 full-time workers. Following close at second highest was the Manufacturing industry, at 7.9 incidents per 100 full-time workers.
Furthermore, the data indicates that the industry with the lowest rate of nonfatal occupational incidents was not an office job, but instead the Mining, Quarrying Oil and Gas Extraction industry, at 1 incident per 100 full-time employees. However, it is important to note that the data does not include reports from independent mining contractors.
In 2015, the state with the greatest number of occupational fatalities was Texas, at 527 deaths. It's total rate of nonfatal workplace injuries was at 2.3 incidents per 100 full-time employees. And the state with the least number of workplace fatalities was Rhode Island, at 6 deaths. The state did not submit its total rate of nonfatal workplace injuries to the U.S. Department of Labor, in 2015.
On June 22, Alaska Occupant Safety and Heath (AKOSH) and the Alaska Training Center partnered to sponsor one of two free "lunch and learn" workplace safety trainings.
Phil Jensen, a safety consultant for AKOSH, said 26 people - including a variety of blue collar workers and program managers - attended today's training.
Due to the wide variety of audience, Jensen said that "a training like this is hard to be audience specific."
As a result, the organizers ensure that these training sessions include many applicable hands-on drills, such as equipment selection, usage and inspection.
The next training session date will be on June 29, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Alaska Training Center.
To learn more, or register for, the next training session, call Elaine Banda at (907) 269-4951.