HONOLULU (KHON2) — The State Labor Department is reminding employers and workers to think about safety following a surge in serious work industrial accidents this year.

Officials say, so far this year there have been 23 major incidents including seven fatalities. Among those deaths — a 28-year-old man who had been servicing equipment in July, when a truck-mounted boom fell on him.

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Also in July, a pallet being unloaded from a container fell on a worker, killing him. Officials say, many of the incidents this year resulted in amputations, bone fractures, dislocated shoulders and joints, and electrical burns.