Number of 2002
Work-Related Fatalities at 39
Connecticut Department of Labor Reports Decrease from Previous
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.
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
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.
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
Safety and Health Statistics
October 24, 2016