The state saw an uptick in workplace-related homicides in 2009, with the slayings of six law enforcement officers comprising nearly half of the on-the-job slayings.
The state Department of Labor & Industries reported today there were 62 workplace-related deaths last year. That’s down from a total of 69 workplace-related deaths in 2008.
The number of workplace-related homicides and suicides, however, increased in 2009. There were 13 homicides – including the deaths of a Seattle police officer, four Lakewood police officers and a Pierce County sheriff’s deputy – and seven suicides last year. In 2008, there were eight homicides and two suicides, the agency reported.
Of the seven other workplace-related homicides in 2009, two occurred in Pierce County – the slaying of a taxi driver in Tacoma during a robbery and the shooting death of a Loomis armored car guard at the Lakewood Wal-Mart during a robbery.
The state agency reported the number of construction-industry fatalities declined from 19 in 2008 to seven in 2009.
You can find the agency’s occupational fatality report here.