A few days before the New Year rang in, National Public Radio came out with an interesting report on how workplace deaths have increased with the hiring spree in the oil patch to keep up with the boom in unconventional oil and gas drilling.
In fact, right in the third paragraph, we see that 138 workers were killed on the job while extracting, producing or supporting oil and gas in 2012, the most recent year that data is available, according to reports from the US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. The number was more than double that of 2009.
The 138 fatalities in the oil patch during 2012 was actually the highest number in 10 years, up from 112 in 211 and 107 in 2010, BLS figures show.
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