NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Almost half of Tennessee’s 22 workplace deaths in 2016 have occurred on construction sites, according to the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
In the month of July alone, 10 workers were killed on the job in Tennessee. WKRN learned that of that number, almost half of those deaths happened in Middle Tennessee.
“It really is significant because in all of last year we had just under 40 fatalities in the state of Tennessee. So if we were to keep up that rate of 10 fatalities in July, that would be an average of 120 for the entire year,” said Chris Cannon, the director of communications for the department.MORE: Tenn. Department of Labor & Workforce Development report
The Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration said most of those deaths could have been prevented.
The administration said the common theme seems to be people falling while they were working on construction sites.
“So far this year, it is not in the manufacturing sector where we are seeing most of these fatalities, it’s in the construction sector and that is something different for Tennessee,” said Cannon.
WKRN asked TOSHA for the names of the companies involved and was told the administration could not release that information because the cases are under investigation.
TOSHA said that the 22 companies did not have more than one deadly incident per company.
WKRN also requested a geographical break down of where in Tennessee the deaths occurred. TOSHA said it would gather that information and release it.