DENVER – The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s annual release of work-related death statistics shows there were 80 work-related deaths in Colorado in 2010, the same number as occurred in 2009, according to the preliminary 2010 Colorado Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries. There were approximately three deaths in Colorado for every 100,000 workers in the state’s workforce in 2010.
The data identify transportation fatalities, primarily highway crashes, as the major cause of work-related deaths. The top three causes of work-related deaths in Colorado in 2010 were as follows:
- 27 transportation-related deaths, accounting for 34 percent of the state’s 80 occupational fatalities during 2010. Of Colorado’s 27 transportation-related occupational deaths in 2010, 17 were highway fatalities compared to 24 the previous year. The remaining 10 transportation-related fatalities in 2010 were either non-highway or another type of transportation-related death. Highway accidents accounted for 21 percent of all occupational fatalities in 2010, slightly down from 29 percent in 2009. Three workers died in non-collision highway accidents.
- 21 deaths from assaults and violent acts in 2010, compared to 18 deaths in 2009.
- 15 deaths from contact with objects and equipment, compared to nine deaths in 2009.
Work-related fatalities by worker characteristics
- Men accounted for 72 of the 80 worker deaths in 2010.
- By race/ethnicity, 59 deaths were white non-Hispanic workers, 17 were Hispanic workers, and the remainder were African-American, American Indian, Alaska native, Asian, native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander.
- Workers in the 55- to 64-year-old age group had the highest number of fatalities with 18 deaths in 2010.
Work-related fatalities by industry
- Trade, transportation and utilities industry: 19 deaths, 12 of which were in the retail trade industry and seven of which were related to transportation and warehousing.
- Natural resources and mining industry: 15 deaths, 12 of which were in the agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting industry.
- Construction industry: 10 deaths
- Professional and business services industry: eight deaths
- Leisure and hospitality industry: eight deaths
Work-related fatalities by occupation
- Sales and related occupations: 12 deaths
- Management occupations: 10 deaths, eight of which were to agricultural managers.
- Construction and extraction occupations: nine fatal injuries
- Installation, maintenance and repair occupations: eight fatal injuries.
The Colorado Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries is a cooperative effort of the Department of Public Health and Environment’s Health Statistics Section and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, which recently released its preliminary 2010 National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries data. Work-related fatalities are identified through reports of the Occupational Safety and health Administration, workers’ compensation claims and death certificates.
The department’s Occupational Health and Safety Surveillance program actively shares these data with partners and agencies to promote and inform prevention activities. For example, during the 2011 technical conference for the Rocky Mountain Chapters of the American Industrial Hygiene Association and the American Society of Safety Engineers, the program highlighted transportation events as the leading cause of workplace fatalities. Many conference participants are responsible for implementing training and prevention programs at their workplaces. These data justify the need to evaluate and implement workplacetransportation safety policies.
In addition, the Occupational Health and Safety Surveillance program is working to build a statewide network of occupational health and safety professionals, called Worksafe Colorado. These partners are helping identify policy and information gaps that can be addressed to help
ensure the safety of Colorado’s workforce.
For additional information about work-related injury deaths in Colorado and the nation, visit the Colorado Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries page on the Colorado Health and Environmental Data site. The complete Colorado Occupational Health Indicators report (PDF) is available online.
Source: CO Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment