Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s annual release of preliminary work-related death statistics shows there were 87 occupational injury fatalities in Colorado in 2011, two more than occurred in 2010, according to the Colorado Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries.
There were approximately 3.5 deaths in Colorado for every 100,000 workers in the state’s workforce in 2011.
The data identify transportation fatalities as the major cause of work-related deaths. The top three causes of work-related deaths were as follows:
· Transportation-related deaths continued to be the leading cause of work-related deaths in Colorado, with 34 deaths accounting for 39 percent of the state’s 87 occupational fatalities during 2011. Of these 34 deaths, 21 were roadway incidents that involved motorized land vehicles, and four were pedestrians involved with a motor vehicle.
· There were 16 deaths from violence in 2011. Of these, nine were self-inflicted, intentional injuries.
· There were 16 deaths from contact with objects and equipment in 2011, up slightly from 15 deaths in 2010.
Work-related fatalities by worker characteristics
· Men accounted for 81 of the 87 worker deaths in 2011.
· By race/ethnicity, 61 deaths were white non-Hispanic workers, 22 were Hispanic workers, and the remainder were black, American Indian, Alaska native, Asian, native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander or unknown.
· Workers in the 45 to 54-year-old age group had the highest number of fatalities with 23 deaths in 2011, followed closely by workers in the 55 to 64 age group with 21 deaths.
Work-related fatalities by industry (top three):
· Trade, transportation and utilities: 22 deaths
· Construction: 16 deaths
· Natural resources and mining: 13 deaths
Work-related fatalities by occupation (top three):
· Transportation and material-moving occupations had 20 deaths. Of these, 16 were motor vehicle operators.
· Construction and extraction occupations had16 deaths. Of these, 10 were construction trades workers and four were extraction workers.
· Management occupations had 13 deaths. Of these, six were farmers, ranchers and other agricultural managers.
The Colorado Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries is a cooperative effort of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Health Statistics Section and the Occupational Health and Safety Surveillance Program, as well as the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, which recently released its preliminary 2011 National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries data.
Work-related fatalities are identified through review of death certificates, workers’ compensation claims, reports of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and other sources as available.
For additional information about work-related injury deaths in Colorado, visit the Colorado Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries page on the Colorado Health and Environmental Data web site. The Colorado Occupational Health Indicators Report also provides trends and additional information on work-related fatalities.