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    :: Wednesday, August 16, 2006 ::

    Workplace Deaths Down In 2005 (Unless You're Hispanic, Black or Young) - By Jordan Barab, Confined Space
    Oh, and one other interesting detail. The biggest workplace disaster of 2005 was the March 23 explosion at BP's Texas City refinery in which 15 workers were killed. But when you look at the industry code for Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing (NAICS 3241), you find only 3 fatalities listed. If I didn't know better, petroleum refining would sounds like a pretty safe industry.

    How could this be? The answer is that none of those killed in the Texas City refinery explosion were BP employees; they were all contractors who fall in some other industry code. What code they fell in, I have no idea. But it raises serious questions about the usefulness of the industry data.
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