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Number OF 2001 Work-Related Fatalities At 41
Represents Decrease from Previous Year

Safety and Health Statistics

Work-related injuries cost 41 lives in Connecticut in 2001, according to a report compiled by the Connecticut Department of Labor’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health.  This represents a decrease of 14 from the previous year.

Nineteen transportation incidents represented 46.3 percent of the fatalities. The 2001 transportation figures included 11 highway deaths and four workers struck by a vehicle or mobile equipment.  Nine deaths (22 percent) resulted from falls, seven (17.1 percent) were from assaults and violent acts, and three (7.3 percent) resulted from exposure to harmful substances or environments.

Of the 41 fatalities, 37 were men and 4 were women; 29 were wage and salary workers and 12 were self-employed.  Employees in the 35 to 44 year old age bracket represented the largest number of deaths – 14 workers or 34.1 percent.  The occupational category of operators, fabricators and laborers had 15 fatalities, or 36.6 percent of the total.  An additional eight (19.5 percent) worked in precision production, craft, and repair trades.

The manufacturing industry in Connecticut accounted for nine worker fatalities while construction reported eight deaths and the transportation & public utilities sector had seven.

Nationally, 5,900 people died on the job last year excluding 2,886 occupational fatalities due to the terrorist attacks on September 11.  The number of work-related deaths not attributed to 9/11 is slightly down from the 5,920 reported in 2000.

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 21 percent of the total.

The state figures are compiled by the Division of Occupational Safety and Health of the Connecticut Department of Labor.  On a national level, 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.

That first year, when 32 states participated in the effort, Connecticut reported 27 occupational deaths.  When all 50 states and the District of Columbia first participated in 1992, Connecticut counted 39 work-related deaths.  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.  Last year, the number rose to 55.

Last Updated: October 24, 2016

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