According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, work related injury deaths are decreasing statewide.
The report referenced data from the 2012 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries. The findings of the report showed the total number of work related deaths that happened in 2012 were only 80 and they decreased to 12 from the total number of work related injury deaths caused in 2011. 92 deaths were caused in 2011. Of all the deaths caused in 2012, 40% were related to transportation.
Construction industry is on the top in the list of industries where the deaths occurred; twenty one work related injury deaths occurred in the construction industry. From those who died, 9 were construction trade workers and 5 were first-line supervisors.
The top 3 reasons of work-related deaths were transportation, violence and falling or slipping from high places. Of the eighty deaths, thirty two were transportation-related. In thirty two fatalities, twenty were caused due to road accidents and seven pedestrians died due to collision of motor vehicles. Of the 32 transportation-related deaths, fourteen were heavy equipment and tractor-trailer truck drivers. In 2012, fifteen fatalities were caused due to violence in which six were self-inflicted, intentional injuries, according to the report. Fifteen deaths were caused by slipping and falling.
The number of deaths in Protective-service occupations were twelve, of those 7 were law enforcement workers.
A total of 67 deaths occurred in the private industry and 13 individuals who died were government workers. Of all the 80 deaths, 67 were men. The findings showed that men were victims in the majority of fatalities. In Natural resources and mining industry, thirteen deaths occurred.
The number of fatalities of white non-Hispanic workers were fifty one, the number of Hispanic workers who died in 2012 was twenty one, the number of black or African-American was four.
Twenty four individuals died who were in the age group of 55 to 64. The number of people who died between the 35 to 44 age group was seventeen.
Department of Public Health and Environment’s Health Statistics Section, the Occupational Health and Safety Surveillance Program and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics collaborated for the Colorado Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries which recently released its preliminary 2012 National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries data.
Review of death certificates, workers’ compensation claims, reports from the U.S. Occupational Safety, Health Administration and many other sources helps in identifying the Work-related deaths.