On-The-Job Deaths Spiking As Oil Drilling Quickly Expands
Blue-collar workers, hit hard by automation and factory offshoring, have been struggling to find high-paying jobs. One industry does offer opportunity: As baby boomers retire and drilling increases, oil and gas companies are hiring. They added 23 percent more workers between 2009 and 2012. But the hiring spree has come with a terrible price: Last year, 138 workers were killed on the job — an increase of more than 100 percent since 2009.