A report released this week by the Massachusetts AFL-CIO was compiled using data gathered by the state Department of Public Health and the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
The Massachusetts AFL-CIO attributed the increase in fatalities to inadequate safety precautions, poor training and staff reductions at OSHA.
The reportâ€™s findings appeared in the union federation's annual study, "Dying for Work in Massachusetts: The Loss of Life and Limb."
The average fine in Massachusetts for an employer in serious violation of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act was $950 last year, the report said. In addition, the average fine assessed an employer with workplace violations that resulted in the death of an employee was $10,770.