Officials reports 123 Indiana workplace deaths during 2013, up from record low year before


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INDIANAPOLIS — State officials say the number of workplace deaths in Indiana was up in 2013, but it was still the third-lowest number of fatalities recorded in the past 22 years.

The Indiana Department of Labor reports the state had 123 worker deaths last year. That's up from the record low of 115 reported in 2012. The high came in 1994 when the state had 195 deaths.

The Labor Department reports 58 fatalities last year resulted from transportation-related incidents with 32 of those happening on roadways motorized vehicles. Deaths in Indiana's construction industry decreased 32 percent from 22 in 2012 to 15 during 2013.

The preliminary review of 2013 workplace fatalities shows the No. 1 cause of worker fatalities in Indiana was vehicle crashes.

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