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Offshore Workers Death Rate 7x Higher

shutterstock_131543975-300x200According to a new study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, offshore oil and gas workers are seven times more likely to die on the job than average US workers. From 2003 to 2010, the CDC revealed that 128 people died in such accidents as 2010’s Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill, which killed eleven people. This accident was mentioned in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Out of the 128 people who died, 65 were related to transportation and 49 of those 65 were due to helicopter accidents caused primarily by poor weather and mechanical failures. In 2009, new safety measures were implemented and as of the end of 2012, there have been no weather-related helicopter crashes.

Based on the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the death rate for offshore workers is 27.1 per 100,000. Conversely, the average death rate for US workers is 3.8 per 100,000. The facts speak for themselves. What’s worse, these offshore oil and gas workers only made an average of $37,640 a year in 2010. Perhaps the death toll and low pay are the primary reasons CNBC named this profession “one of the worst 10 jobs in America” in early April. Safety conditions for this type of dangerous work must be held to higher standards. Furthermore, the families of the victims of these deaths should be fairly compensated for their losses. Just like Big Pharma, the oil and gas industry is extremely profitable. The corporations behind these travesties of justice must be held accountable.

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