Sustained Outrage

U.S. oil and gas industry deaths on the rise

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We’ve had several stories recently (see here and here) about deaths of workers in West Virginia’s booming Marcellus Shale natural gas business, so it’s worth checking out the new report issued today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, which found:

Fatal work injuries in the private mining sector rose in 2012, led by an increase in fatal injuries to workers in oil and gas extraction industries. Fatal work injuries in oil and gas extraction industries rose 23 percent to 138 in 2012, reaching a new high for the series.

The report continued:

Fatal work injuries in the private mining sector increased 14 percent to 177 in 2012 from 155 in 2011—the highest level since 2007. The number of fatal work injury cases in oil and gas extraction industries rose to 138 in 2012 from 112 in 2011; the 2012 figure represents a series high. Fatal work injuries in coal mining increased slightly, and fatal work injuries in support activities for mining increased 9 percent.