Labor secretary: Increase in oil and gas deaths ‘unacceptable’

Perez, in a statement noting that “no worker should lose their life for a paycheck,” said he’s “encouraged” by the overall U.S. decrease but said there’s much more to be done, and flagged the oil and gas fatality rise in particular.

He touted efforts through Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to reverse that increase.

“We can and must to better. Job gains in oil and gas and construction have come with more fatalities, and that is unacceptable. That's why OSHA has undertaken a number of outreach and educational initiatives, including a campaign to prevent falls in construction and the National Voluntary Stand Down of U.S. Onshore Oil and Gas Exploration and Production, co-sponsored by oil and gas industry employers and planned for Nov. 14,” Perez said.

This document has the oil and gas data on page 17. Employment in the oil and gas industry has grown in recent years amid the U.S. production boom.