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Construction Industry Has Highest Opioid OD Death Rates In Mass.11:17
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A construction worker eases a huge new steel beam into position as part of construction to replace the westbound side of the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Workers in the construction and mining industry in Massachusetts die of opioid overdoses at six times the rate of other workers, according to a report out Wednesday from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

The report broke down overdose deaths by industry, looking at overdose deaths among Massachusetts workers between 2011 and 2015.

Farming, forestry and hunting, which includes fishing, was the second most dangerous industry sector for men, with a death rate five times higher than the average worker.

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Martha Bebinger, WBUR reporter. She tweets @mbebinger.

Brian Doherty, general agent at the Building and Construction Trades Council of the Metro District Greater Boston, which tweets @metrobtc.

This segment aired on August 8, 2018.

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