December 14, 2016
Deaths from "natural causes" accounted for 41 percent of the 845 workplace fatalities reported to Oregon OSHA since Jan. 1, 2000 – more than any other single cause of a workplace fatality.
These initial fatality reports give a broader – though unofficial – picture of how workers die when they are at work. What distinguishes this data from the official data is the percentage of deaths from "natural causes" – apparent medical conditions such as heart attack and stroke.
Because the end of each year is a good time for making resolutions, why not think about making worker wellness a part of your workplace safety and health program?
Oregon OSHA requires employers to report the death of any employee within eight hours of when it happened or when the employer learned about it.
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