Data collected by OSHA shows Ohio leading all states in the Midwest region for the number of workers killed on the job this year, according to the Associated Press.
The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News reports the most up-to-date information available shows OSHA investigated 48 fatal work-related accidents in Ohio between Oct. 1, 2014 and Sept. 1, 2015.
OSHA officials say Ohio workplace fatalities are occurring at about the same frequency as in the past. More than a dozen took place in the Dayton-Cincinnati region of Ohio.
Ohio was one of 24 states to see an increase in fatal occupational injuries in 2014 according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics records.
Former OSHA Cincinnati Area Director Bill Wilkerson previously told AP he believed increases were due to factors including lack of attention safe work practices and a newer, younger workforce.