WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - A new report on work-related deaths in Massachusetts has found that over 30 workers died on-the-job, in 2012.
Falls and transportation-related incidents were among the leading causes of death. The average age of death for workers in this report, was 50 years-old.
The construction industry is said to be one of the most dangerous job for workers; six construction workers died last year.
Three police officers died in the line of duty. Two of those fallen heroes were from western Mass: Officer Kevin Ambrose and Westfield Officer Jose Torres.
Seven firefighters also lost their lives in 2012, due to work-related cancer and heart disease. The report also found that 320 workers died in Massachusetts from occupational-related diseases--including 90 deaths related to asbestos exposure.
In response to these latest numbers, the report called on the government to increase its efforts in enforcing workplace safety rules.
The full report can be found at: http://ehstoday.com/safety/32-workers-died-job-massachusetts-2012