Denver, CO – Work-related deaths in Colorado decreased between 2014 and 2015, continuing an overall downward trend, according to data recently released by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
The figures, available on the Bureau of Labor Statistics website, show there were 75 work-related deaths in 2015, a decrease of nine compared to 2014. There were 65 deaths reported in 2013, 82 reported in 2012 and 92 work-related deaths reported in 2011.
However, there was a 62 percent increase in private construction industry deaths between 2014 and 2015. The increase mirrors the national trend. In 2015, there were more deaths in the private construction industry than there had been since 2008.
Causes of work-related deaths in 2015
- Transportation-related deaths continued to be the leading cause of work-related deaths in Colorado, with 34 deaths accounting for 45 percent of the state’s 75 occupational fatalities during 2015. Of these 34 deaths, 22 were roadway accidents.
- There were 20 deaths caused by falls, slips and trips.
- There were nine deaths from contact with objects or equipment.
- There were eight deaths from violence. Of these, six were self-inflicted.
- Four deaths were attributable to other causes.
2015 work-related deaths by worker characteristics
- Men accounted for 71 (95 percent) of the 75 worker deaths in 2015.
- Forty-nine deaths were among white, non-Hispanic workers, and 20 were among Hispanic or Latino workers.
- Workers ages 55 to 64 years had the highest number of fatalities, with 18 deaths in 2015, followed by workers ages 45 to 54 years, with 15 deaths.
2015 work-related deaths by industry
Overall, 67 fatalities occurred among private industry workers, and eight occurred among government workers. Top categories:
- There were 21 deaths in construction, an increase from 13 in 2014. This represents a 62 percent increase over 2014.
- Of Colorado’s 21 construction fatalities, 13 were caused by falls, slips and trips.
- There were 20 deaths in trade, transportation and utilities industries in 2015, a decrease from 30 in 2014.
- There were six deaths in the education/health services sector.
- There were five deaths in the agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting industries.
The Colorado Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, from which the data are drawn, is a cooperative effort of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment and the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. Work-related fatalities are identified by reviewing death certificates, coroners’ reports, workers’ compensation claims, U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports, and other sources.
Source: CO DPHE