Labor official: Local workplace violence claimed 14 lives in 2013

SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) -- Dozens of workplace deaths were recorded in five Bay Area counties throughout 2013, a majority of which involved intentional injuries from a person, according to preliminary data released Wednesday by the Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics.

A total of 42 deaths were reported in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco and San Mateo counties in 2013 based on data compiled by the bureau's Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries.

Fourteen deaths stemmed from violence and other injuries caused by persons, which accounted for the majority of the total, according to the census.

Eleven workplace deaths were caused by transportation incidents, the second leading case in the data for the five counties.

Other situations that led to the deaths recorded in the data were falls, slips or trips, exposure to harmful materials or environments and contact with objects and equipment.

Seven deaths occurred in the transportation and warehousing industry, according to the data.

Nine of the deaths involved people with jobs in transportation and moving materials. Seven involved people in the construction and extraction occupations.

In 2013, there were 385 fatal worker cases statewide, of which 133 stemmed from transportation incidents and 76 were from violence and other injuries from persons or animals, according to the census.

The data is the latest information available to date and will be finalized later this spring.