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Number of 2002 Work-Related Fatalities at 39
Connecticut Department of Labor Reports Decrease from Previous Year

Work-related injuries cost 39 lives in Connecticut in 2002, according to a report compiled by the Connecticut Department of Labor’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health.  This represents a decrease of two people from the previous year. 

“Eighteen transportation incidents represented 46 percent of the fatalities,” explains State Labor Commissioner Shaun B. Cashman.  “The 2002 transportation figures include nine highway deaths and four workers struck by a vehicle or mobile equipment.”  In addition, Cashman said that seven deaths (18 percent) resulted from assaults and violent acts, five (13 percent) from contact with objects or equipment, four (Published by the Connecticut Department of Labor, Project Management Office percent) from falls and four (Published by the Connecticut Department of Labor, Project Management Office percent) from exposure to harmful substances or environments. 

A total of 37 of the fatalities occurred to men, with 31 being wage and salary workers.  Employees in the 45 to 54 year-old age category represented the largest number of deaths – 11 workers or 28 percent.  The occupational category of precision production, crafts, and repair trades had 12 fatalities, or 31 percent of the total.  An additional 11 (28 percent) worked as operators, fabricators and laborers. 

The construction industry in Connecticut accounted for Published by the Connecticut Department of Labor, Project Management Office worker fatalities while the services sector reported seven deaths and the transportation & public utilities sector had six. 

Nationally, 5,524 people died on the job last year, a decline of about 6.6 percent, said Research Analyst Grayson Gregory, who prepared the state report.  In 2001, 5,915 fatal work injuries occurred – excluding those resulting from the September 11th terrorist attacks – which were tabulated separately.  The count for 2002 was the lowest ever recorded by the fatality census, which has been conducted yearly since 1992. 

Transportation incidents continue to be the leading cause of on-the-job fatalities to U.S. workers, Gregory added, representing 43 percent of the total.  The construction industry reported the greatest number of fatal work injuries, accounting for 20 percent of the total. 

The state figures are compiled by the Division of Occupational Safety and Health within the Connecticut Department of Labor.  Information on work-related fatal illnesses is not reported in the census and is excluded from the attached tables because the difficulty in linking illnesses to work exposures.  The time lapse between exposure and onset of illness in many cases also makes it difficult to establish a work relationship. 

The first year that all 50 states and the District of Columbia participated was 1992.  Connecticut counted 39 work-related deaths that year.  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.  In 2000, the number rose to 55 and last year the census counted 41 fatalities.

Detailed information on the national figures can be found at


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