The Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (MassCOSH) released its annual report on worker related deaths this week, and cited 66 workers who lost their lives on the job in the state in 2008, two of them in Dorchester.
Marie Conley, a crossing guard working near the Mather School in Dorchester, was hit by an elderly driver in October last year. And Joseph Castanino III, a self-employed carpenter and father of four, died after falling from a roof at a jobsite in Dorchester.
MassCOSH advocates for strengthening OSHA, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Citing an report by the U.S. Dept. of Labor, MassCOSH claims 58 fatalities could have prevented nationwide if OSHA had properly enforced the Enhanced Enforcement Program, which targets employers with poor records of employee safety. In the two Dorchester deaths, no employer negligence or wrongdoing has been found.