Workplace Deaths Decline in Hawaii

A preliminary report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says 18 people were killed on the job in Hawaii in 2008.

That’s the third lowest number for the islands since the federal government starting tracking fatal occupational injuries in 1992. Last year was also the second year in a row workplace fatalities in Hawaii declined.

There were six aircraft-related fatalities in Hawaii in 2008, and three fatalities involving equipment, objects or machinery.

The other island fatalities involved transportation incidents or people struck by objects or equipment.

Only one of the 18 on-the-job deaths in Hawaii involved a woman.