The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment released preliminary data from the 2013 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries. According to preliminary figures, there were 65 work-related deaths in 2013, 17 fewer than in 2012.
The census 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 through review of death certificates, coroners’ reports, workers’ compensation claims, reports of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration and other sources as available.
According to the census, the top causes of work-related fatalities were:
· Transportation-related deaths, which continue to be the leading cause of work-related deaths in Colorado. Last year’s 28 deaths accounted for 43 percent of the state’s 65 occupational fatalities during 2013. Of those, 18 were roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicles, three were non-roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicles and three were pedestrian vehicular incidents.
· Eleven deaths from violence in 2013. Of those, five were self-inflicted, intentional injuries.
· Nine deaths caused by falls, slip and trips.
· Nine deaths caused by exposure to harmful substances or environments.
· Men accounted for 59 (91 percent) of the 65 worker deaths in 2013.
· By race/ethnicity, 47 deaths were among white, non-Hispanic workers and 14 were among Hispanic workers.
· Workers in the 45- to 54-year-old age group had the highest number of fatalities, with 19 deaths in 2013, followed by workers in the 25- to 34-year-old age group with 14 deaths.
Work-related fatalities by industry:
Overall, 60 fatalities occurred among private industry workers and five occurred among government workers. The top three private industries were:
· Construction – 16 deaths.
· Trade, transportation, and utilities – 15 deaths.
· Natural resources and mining – eight deaths.
Work-related fatalities by occupation (top three):
· Transportation and material-moving occupations had 23 deaths. Of these, 13 were among heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers.
· Construction and extraction occupations had 13 deaths. Of these, eight were among construction trades workers and three were among first line supervisors.
· Installation, maintenance and repair service occupations had six deaths.
For additional information about work-related deaths in Colorado, visit the Colorado Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, or the Colorado Occupational Health Indicators Report which also contains trends and additional information on work-related fatalities.