OK displays memoriam for those killed on the job

Posted at 12:13 PM, Apr 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-29 13:13:24-04

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Silhouettes representing 38 Oklahoma workers killed on the job over the past year are on display at the state Capitol as part of Workers Memorial Day.

Each life-size silhouette placed Thursday on the second floor of the building includes the name of a worker and how they died. Among the victims are a Claremore firefighter swept away by floodwaters last spring and an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper struck and killed by a driver who authorities say was distracted while looking at his phone.

Of the 38 workers killed on the job, state labor officials say eight were state employees and 30 worked for private companies.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration area director David Bates says some of the most dangerous work involves trenching and confined-space entry.