Connecticut’s Worker Deaths Total 38 in 2007; Number Below State’s Annual
For Immediate Release
September 16, 2008
WETHERSFIELD – 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) reported today.
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
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 following details:
Falls resulted in 10 deaths in 2007 and accounted for the largest percentage
of workers – about 26% – who lost their lives on the job. This includes
falls from roofs, ladders and scaffolding.
Assaults and violent acts accounted for the lives of nine workers, three of
which were suicides.
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 sales workers.
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 range.
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.”
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:
Safety and Health Statistics
July 07, 2015