Number Of 1999 Work-Related
Incidents Decreases Over Previous Year
For immediate release
September 1, 2000
WETHERSFIELD -- Work-related injuries cost 38 lives in
Connecticut in 1999, a report compiled by the Division of Occupational Safety
and Health and released today shows.
"Thirteen transportation incidents constituted 34 percent
of the fatalities," explained State Labor Commissioner James P. Butler. "The
1999 transportation figures included six highway deaths and four workers struck
by a vehicle or mobile equipment. Thirteen deaths (34 percent) resulted from
assaults and violent acts, five (13 percent), were from contact with objects and
equipment and four (11 percent), were from falls to a lower level."
Of the 38 fatalities, 36 were men and 35 were wage and
salary workers. The largest age category -- 12 workers or 32 percent -- was 45
to 54 year old employees. The occupational category of precision production,
craft, and repair had 11 fatalities and constituted 29 percent of the total. An
additional Published by the Connecticut Department of Labor, Project Management
Office worked as operators, fabricators and laborers.
The construction industry in Connecticut accounted for
nine worker fatalities while retail trade reported eight deaths.
"Nationally, 6,023 people died on the job last year,
nearly the same as the previous year's total, despite an increase in
employment," said Grayson Gregory, associate research analyst, who helped
prepare the report. "On average, 17 workers were killed each day across the
country. Transportation incidents were the leading cause of fatalities to U.S.
workers, accounting for 43 percent of the total. The construction industry
reported the greatest number of fatal work injuries and accounted for slightly
more than half of the worker fatalities from falls."
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
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,
and in 1998 the figure increased to 57.
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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