Number OF 2001 Work-Related Fatalities At 41
Represents Decrease from
Safety and Health
Work-related injuries cost 41 lives in Connecticut in 2001,
according to a report compiled by the Connecticut Department of Labor’s Division
of Occupational Safety and Health.
This represents a decrease of 14 from the previous year.
Nineteen transportation incidents represented 46.3 percent of the
fatalities. The 2001 transportation figures included 11 highway deaths and four
workers struck by a vehicle or mobile equipment.
Nine deaths (22 percent) resulted from falls, seven (17.1 percent) were from
assaults and violent acts, and three (7.3 percent) resulted from exposure to
harmful substances or environments.
Of the 41 fatalities, 37 were men and 4 were women; 29 were wage
and salary workers and 12 were self-employed.
Employees in the 35 to 44 year old age bracket represented the largest number of
deaths – 14 workers or 34.1 percent.
The occupational category of operators, fabricators and laborers had 15
fatalities, or 36.6 percent of the total.
An additional eight (19.5 percent) worked in precision production, craft, and
The manufacturing industry in Connecticut accounted for nine
worker fatalities while construction reported eight deaths and the
transportation & public utilities sector had seven.
Nationally, 5,900 people died on the job last year excluding
2,886 occupational fatalities due to the terrorist attacks on September 11.
The number of work-related deaths not attributed to 9/11 is slightly down
from the 5,920 reported in 2000.
Transportation incidents continue to be the leading cause of
on-the-job fatalities to U.S. workers accounting for 43 percent of the total. The construction industry reported the greatest number of
fatal work injuries accounting for 21 percent of the total.
The state figures are compiled by the Division of Occupational
Safety and Health of the Connecticut Department of Labor.
On a national level, the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) developed
by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor – first tallied the
figures in 1991.
That first year, when 32 states participated in
the effort, Connecticut reported 27 occupational deaths.
When all 50 states and the District of Columbia first
participated in 1992, Connecticut counted 39 work-related
deaths. In 1993 the
number dropped to 31; in 1994 it was 35; in 1995 it was 32; and
in 1996 it was 35.
In 1997, 32 workers lost their lives; in 1998 the figure
increased to 57; and in 1999, it decreased to 38.
Last year, the number rose to 55.
October 24, 2016