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55 People Die In Work-Related Incidents In State In 2000

Work-related injuries cost 55 lives in Connecticut in 2000, a report compiled by the Division of Occupational Safety and Health and released today shows.

"Eighteen transportation incidents constituted 33 percent of the fatalities," explained State Labor Commissioner Shaun Cashman. "The 2000 transportation figures included eight highway deaths and eight workers struck by a vehicle or mobile equipment. Sixteen deaths (29 percent) resulted from contact with objects and equipment, nine (16 percent) were from assaults and violent acts, seven (13 percent) were from falls and four (7 percent) resulted from exposure to harmful substances or environments."

Of the 55 fatalities, 53 were men and 46 were wage and salary workers. The largest age category -- 15 workers or 27 percent -- was 45 to 54 year old employees. The occupational category of operators, fabricators and laborers had 19 fatalities and constituted 35 percent of the total. An additional 13 (24 percent) worked IN precision production, craft, and repair trades.

The construction industry in Connecticut accounted for fifteen worker fatalities while agriculture, forestry and fishing, and transportation and public utilities each reported eight deaths.

"Nationally, 5,915 people died on the job last year, a decline of about 2 percent from 1999, despite an increase in overall employment," said Grayson Gregory, associate research analyst, who prepared the state report. "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 20 percent of the total."

The Division of Occupational Safety and Health of the Connecticut Department of Labor compiled the state figures. 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 with 32 states participating.

Connecticut had 27 occupational deaths that year, but the sources of information were less comprehensive than in the years since. In 1992, when all 50 states and the District of Columbia first participated, Connecticut counted 39 work-related deaths; in 1993 the number dropped to 31; in 1994 it was 35; in 1995 it was 32; 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.

The Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries uses multiple sources to identify, verify, and profile fatal work injuries. Key information about each workplace fatality (occupation and other worker characteristics, equipment being used, and circumstances of the event) are obtained by cross-referencing the source records, for example, death certificates, workers' compensation records, and reports to federal and state agencies.

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