A report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows the number of Iowans who died while on the job increased last year. Bureau spokesman Paul LaPorte says the number of people who died on the job went up by four in 2008. He says there were 89 workplace fatalities in 2007 and that edged up to 93 in 2008.
LaPorte says the most Iowa deaths — 29 — happened in crashes while workers were driving vehicles. People being struck by an object, non-highway transportation incidents and falls were the other top categories for worker deaths. LaPorte says the ag industry was on top when narrowing down the deaths by industry.
LaPorte says 27 of the deaths in Iowa workplaces happened in the agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting sector, which was the largest number for an industry. That was followed by 19 deaths in the construction industry. Overall, men accounted for 97-percent of the work-related fatalities in the state. LaPorte says Rhode Island and Vermont has the lowest number of workplace fatalities in 2008, while Texas had the most.