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State’s Work-Related Fatalities Represent  Decrease For 2003
CONN-OSHA report shows 36 lives lost in Connecticut

For immediate release
November 15, 2004

WETHERSFIELD, Work-related injuries cost 36 lives in Connecticut in 2003, according to a report compiled by the Connecticut Department of Labor’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health, reflecting a decrease of three from the previous year.

“As with national work-injury fatalities, transportation accidents and violence claimed the most lives,” explained State Labor Commissioner Shaun B. Cashman. “In Connecticut, 17 transportation incidents represented 47 percent of the fatalities in 2003. Assaults and violent acts accounted for 25 percent, which was an additional loss of nine lives.” Cashman also stated that work injuries involving contact with objects or equipment caused four fatalities (11 percent) and workplace falls also claimed four lives. 

Connecticut Data

The Connecticut Department of Labor collects data annually on workplace fatalities and these data are included in the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics’ census with a goal of identifying and solving safety issues.  Work-related fatal illnesses often occur years after an exposure has occurred and are difficult to link to specific work conditions. As a result, they are not reported in the census. Specific data on Connecticut work-injury fatalities for 2003, outlined in the attached tables, includes the following details.

  • Men accounted for 34 of the work-injury fatalities

  • By age, employees in the 35 to 44 year-old category represented the largest number of deaths with Published by the Connecticut Department of Labor, Project Management Office work-injury fatalities (28 percent)

  • Transportation and material movers, the occupational category to lose the most workers, had 14 work-injury fatalities (39 percent)

  • The trade, transportation, and utilities sector, with Published by the Connecticut Department of Labor, Project Management Office fatalities, suffered the most work-injury fatalities. This was followed by the construction sector with six fatalities, and the government sector with five fatalities

Connecticut began recording work-related deaths in 1992. Since then, the greatest loss was experienced in 1998 with 57 deaths, followed by 55 deaths in 2000. The year 2001 saw 41 fatalities, which was followed by 39 fatalities in 2002 and lowered to 36 deaths in 2003. 

National Data

Nationally, 5,559 people lost their lives to work-injuries in 2003. Transportation accidents, at 42 percent, claimed the most lives, which were followed by assaults and violent acts at 16 percent.  The construction sector recorded the highest number of fatal work injuries at 1,126 with construction laborers comprising 24 percent of these deaths. However, the most dangerous industries were found in the agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting sector with a rate of 31.2 deaths per Published by the Connecticut Department of Labor, Project Management Office0,000 workers, and mining sector with a rate of 26.9 deaths per Published by the Connecticut Department of Labor, Project Management Office0,000 workers.  Industry sectors were classified with the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). 

American work-injury fatalities reached an annual high of 8,801 in 2001 with the events of the Sept. 11 attacks accounting for 2,886 of these deaths. In order to accurately compare work-injury fatalities, and thereby identify unsafe working conditions, the deaths from Sept. 11 have not been included in annual comparisons.  

For the past two years, the United States maintained the lowest recorded work-injury fatality rate of four deaths per Published by the Connecticut Department of Labor, Project Management Office0,000 workers.  Along with a reduction in the fatality rate, the 2003 total of 5,559 work-injury fatalities reflects a decrease of 1,073 from the 1994 high of 6,632.   

“Despite the reduction of work-injury deaths, even one workplace fatality is one too many,” said Cashman. “Our goal continues to be a proactive approach in the workplace and we will continue to do everything we can to make sure employees are safe through fair and effective enforcement, outreach and education assistance, and promoting partnerships and alliances.”

Contact: Nancy Steffens (860) 263-6535 

Additional information on the national figures can be found at www.bls.gov/iif. 

Data included with this release:

Table 1. FATAL OCCUPATIONAL INJURIES BY EVENT OR EXPOSURE, CONNECTICUT 2003
     
EVENT OR EXPOSURE FATALITIES
Number Percent
TOTAL 36 0.0
     
Transportation Incidents 17 47.2
Highway incidents 12 33.3
Non-collision incidents 5 13.9
Worker struck by vehicle, mobile equipment 3 8.3
     
Assaults and Violent Acts 9 25.0
Homicides 7 19.4
     
Falls 4 11.1
Fall to lower level 3 8.3
     
Contact with Objects and Equipment 4 11.1
Struck by object 3 8.3
Struck by falling object 3 8.3
     
NOTE:  Dashes indicate no data or data that do not meet publication criteria. 
Totals for major categories may include subcategories not shown separately. 
   
SOURCE:  U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics,  in cooperation    
with State and Federal agencies, Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries    

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Table 2. FATAL OCCUPATIONAL INJURIES BY SELECTED WORKER CHARACTERISTIC, CONNECTICUT 2003
   
WORKER CHARACTERISTIC FATALITIES
Number Percent
TOTAL 36 0.0
     
Employee status:    
Wage and salary workers1 32 88.9
Self-employed2 4 11.1
     
Gender:    
Men 34 94.4
Women -- --
     
Age:    
20 to 24 years 5 13.9
25 to 34 years 6 16.7
35 to 44 years   27.8
45 to 54 years 6 16.7
55 to 64 years 7 19.4
65 years and older -- --
     
Race or ethnic origin:    
White, non-Hispanic 30 83.3
Black, non-Hispanic -- --
Hispanic or Latino3 -- --
American Indian or Alaska Native -- --
Asian 3 8.3
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander -- --
   
 1 May include volunteers and other workers receiving compensation.    
 2 Includes paid and unpaid family workers, and may include owners of    
incorporated businesses, or members of partnerships.    
  3 Persons identified as Hispanics may be of any race.  The individual race    
categories shown exclude data for Hispanics.    
   
NOTE:  Dashes indicate no data or data that do not meet publication criteria. 
Totals for major categories may include subcategories not shown separately. 
     
SOURCE:  U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics,  in cooperation    
with State and Federal agencies, Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries    

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Table 3. FATAL OCCUPATIONAL INJURIES BY OCCUPATION, CONNECTICUT 2003
   
OCCUPATION1 FATALITIES
Number Percent
TOTAL 36 0.0
     
Construction and extraction 5 13.9
Construction trades workers 5 13.9
     
Installation, maintenance, and repair 5 13.9
     
Transportation and material moving 14 38.9
Motor vehicle operators 8 22.2
Driver/sales workers and truck drivers 8 22.2
Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 6 16.7
Material moving workers 3 8.3
   
1 Based on the 2000 Standard Occupational Classification System.    
   
NOTE:  Totals for major categories may include subcategories not shown separately.  
   
SOURCE:  U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics,  in cooperation    
with State and Federal agencies, Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries    

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Table 4. FATAL OCCUPATIONAL INJURIES BY INDUSTRY, CONNECTICUT 2003
       
INDUSTRY1 NAICS1 FATALITIES
Number Percent
TOTAL   36 0.0
       
Private Industry   31 86.1
       
Goods Producing     27.8
Construction 23 6 16.7
Specialty Trade Contractors 238 3 8.3
       
Service producing   21 58.3
Trade, Transportation, and Utilities     27.8
Transportation and Warehousing 48-49 6 16.7
Truck Transportation 484 3 8.3
General Freight Trucking 4841 3 8.3
General Freight Trucking, Long-Distance 48412 3 8.3
Professional and Business Services   4 11.1
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services 56 3 8.3
       
Government2   5 13.9
Federal   -- --
State   -- --
Local   4 11.1
       
 1Classified according to the North American Industry Classification System, 2002.
 2 Includes fatalities to workers employed by governmental organizations regardless of industry.    
       
NOTE:  Dashes indicate no data or data that do not meet publication criteria. 
Totals for major categories may include subcategories not shown separately. 
     
SOURCE:  U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics,  in cooperation    
with State and Federal agencies, Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries    

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Table 5. FATAL OCCUPATIONAL INJURIES and RATES  
CONNECTICUT & NATIONAL 1992 - 2003  
           
Year CT U. S.  
Number Rate per 0,000 Number Rate per 0,000  
           
1992 42 n/a 6,217 5.2  
1993 31 n/a 6,331 5.2  
1994 35 n/a 6,632 5.4  
1995 32 n/a 6,275 4.9  
1996 35 n/a 6,202 4.8  
1997 32 2.0 6,238 4.8  
1998 57 3.3 6,055 4.5  
1999 38 2.3 6,054 4.5  
2000 55 3.2 5,920 4.3  
2001 41 2.4 5,915 4.3  
2002 39 2.3 5,534 4.0  
2003 36 5,559 4.0  
         
NOTE:  Rate = (Fatal work injuries/Employment) x Published by the Connecticut Department of Labor, Project Management Office0,000 employed.   
n/a Prior to 1997, annual fatality rates were not calculated on a state-wide basis.
         
† Final state employment data and work-injury fatality rates for 2003 will not be available until May 2005.
         
SOURCE:  U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics,  in cooperation    
with State and Federal agencies, Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries    

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