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May 27, 2010

L&I investigating deaths of two workers in Auburn

TUMWATER – The Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) today said it is investigating the deaths of two men killed on the job Wednesday in Auburn. They died after a boom truck they were operating apparently made contact with a live power line.

L&I inspectors arrived at the scene within a few hours of the incident and have begun an investigation. The employees worked for the propane distribution company, Ferrellgas, 3611 A St. South in Auburn.

These are the 35th and 36th workplace deaths in Washington state so far this year, according to preliminary statistics.

L&I investigates all work-related fatalities to determine the causes leading up to the incident.

There have been 22 electrocution fatalities involving workers who came near power lines between 1998 and 2010.

Information and resources about workplace safety are available at www.Lni.wa.gov/safety.

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For media information: Hector Castro, L&I, 360-902-6043.

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