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Despite drop in workplace deaths, oil industry still averages 39 per year

"The Houston Chronicle analyzed five years of fatal oil patch accident reports and found Texas oil and gas field fatalities consistently averaged 39 per year – the highest number among any occupation investigated by OSHA in the Lone Star State."

"Three companies – two in Houston and one in Tulsa- reported more than three fatal accidents in only five years, according to the analysis of OSHA data from 2007-2011 by reporters Yang Wang and Lise Olsen. Texas had more O & G fatal accidents than any other state – including men electrocuted, crushed and fatally struck by falling objects in accidents where OSHA later found serious safety violations."

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