Connecticut’s Worker Deaths Total 38 in 2007; Number Below State’s Annual
For immediate release
September 16, 2008
Work injuries were the cause of 38 deaths in this state during 2007, the
Connecticut Department of Labor’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (CONN-OSHA)
According to State
Labor Commissioner Patricia H. Mayfield, this figure – which remains unchanged
from the number of work-related deaths reported for 2006 – is below the state’s
annual average of 41 deaths.
“While we are
pleased that the number of work injury deaths has not increased, even one
workplace fatality is one too many,” Mayfield said. “With the report’s data, our
agency will continue to work closely with companies in order to educate
employers and employees alike to recognize and address workplace hazards.”
In 2007, work
injuries in America cost 5,488 lives nationwide. This translates into a rate of
3.7 deaths per 100,000 workers. Since much of Connecticut’s employment is in
low-risk industries, the state has consistently been able to maintain a fatality
rate below the national average. For 2007, Connecticut had a fatal work injury
rate of 2.1 per 100,000 workers.
Specific data on
Connecticut work-injury fatalities for 2007, which includes comparisons to
national statistics, are outlined in the attached tables. The study includes the
In Connecticut, men accounted for 37
(97%) of the work-injury fatalities in 2007. Nationally, men accounted for
5,071 or 92% of the fatalities.
Wage and salary workers accounted
for 74% of the fatalities. The remaining 26% were self-employed.
A total of nine (24%) of the
fatalities were in transportation and material moving occupations. This
category includes tractor-trailer drivers, delivery drivers, and driving
Approximately 40% of the fatalities
involved workers between 45 and 54 years of age. The next highest percentage
of deaths, at 24%, was reported among the workforce in the 25 to 34 year age
The greatest recorded losses were
experienced in 1998 with 57 fatalities, followed by 55 in 2000 and 54 in
2004. The lowest recorded loss occurred in 1993 with 31 deaths.
Since 1992, data on
work fatalities is collected through the federal Census of Fatal Occupational
Injuries and Illnesses (CFOI) program. Information is collected through media
coverage, police reports, death certificates and employers.
regardless of their industry or company size, are required to report all work
fatalities to federal OSHA within eight hours of a workplace death, by either
calling 1-800-321-OSHA or visiting a local OSHA office. Although employers are
not required to report fatal transportation accidents outside of construction
zones or public transportation accidents, they are encouraged to report these
fatalities as well.
“There is a common
misconception that certain deaths, such as heart attacks or suicides, do not
need to be reported to OSHA,” explains Erin Wilkins, CONN-OSHA Research Analyst
who assisted in compiling the report. “Any death occurring in the workplace, or
while an employee is ‘on duty,’ must be reported to OSHA.”
To help companies
operate their businesses as safely as possible, the Connecticut Department of
Labor offers a no-cost consultation service with the goal of identifying
existing or potential safety and health factors. For information on this
service, call CONN-OSHA at (860) 263-6900, or complete the online request form.
Search for “CONN-OSHA consulting services” on Google or Yahoo! and
visit the first result.
Please note that
the following 2007 Connecticut and U.S. Fatal Occupational Injuries tables are
included with this release:
Nancy Steffens (860) 263-6535