FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 7, 2013
Meredith Towle, MPH
Occupational Health and Safety Surveillance Program
Work-Related Injury Deaths in Colorado in 2011
DENVER - 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:
Work-related fatalities by industry (top three):
Work-related fatalities by occupation (top three):
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.