HOOKSETT - Although the state still has the lowest number of workplace fatalities in the country, the number of workers killed on the job in New Hampshire increased in 2011, rising from six killed in 2010 to nine workers killed in 2011.
Fourteen workers died on the job in 2012, according to initial estimates from the New Hampshire Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health. The impacted workers ranged from Greenland police chief Michael Maloney to Redhook Ale employee Ben Harris, a brewery worker who died in a keg explosion.
The figures are from a report from the AFL-CIO on workplace fatality rates in the nation. The union-funded report is called "Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect," and noted New Hampshire's fatality rate in 2011 was 1.2 workers per 100,000 workers. Nationally, 4,693 workers died on the job that year, a rate of 3.5 deaths per 100,000 workers, down from the previous year's figures of 3.6. North Dakota, Wyoming, Montana and Alaska were among the states with the highest workplace fatality rates.
The report may be seen online at www.aflcio.org/death-on-the-job.