Workplace deaths


Your series Innocents Lost has opened a lot of eyes to the terrible way our state takes care of the most vulnerable, our kids. Keep up the great work. And when you have provided the ammunition to correct the problem with overseeing kids in need, put your resources to work on another source of death in Florida: workplace fatalities.

The number far surpasses the loss of children. In the last six years for which figures are available, 2007-2012, there were 1,559 workplace deaths in Florida — 3.25 times as many as the children we lost.

Sure, there are federal OSHA laws to protect the employees of most private employments but the largest employer in the state, the state itself and its subdivisions are not covered by OSHA.

Isn’t it time Florida had safety legislation and safety rules and regulations and an adequate number of safety inspectors to stem the tide of not only deaths but all injuries at the workplace?

Mark Zientz, Miami

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