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Colorado Workplace Fatalities – 2010

Fatal work injuries totaled 80 in 2010 for Colorado, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Stanley W. Suchman noted that while the 2010 count was preliminary, the number of work-related fatalities in Colorado decreased by 3 from one year earlier. In fact, the 80 fatalities in 2010 was the second-lowest total in the 19-year history of the series. Fatal occupational injuries in the state have ranged from a high of 139 in 2001 to a low of 77 in 1998. (See table 1 and chart 1.)

Nationwide, a preliminary total of 4,547 fatal work injuries were recorded in 2010, about the same as the final count of 4,551 fatal work injuries in 2009. These fatal injury counts were the lowest U.S. annual totals since the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) program was first conducted in 1992.

Chart 1. Total work-related fatalities and selected events, Colorado 1992-2010

Highway incidents were the most frequent type of workplace fatality in Colorado in 2010, accounting for 17 deaths, down from 24 in 2009. (See table 2.) This year's total was the lowest recorded since publication of the series began in 1992. After reaching a series high of 42 fatalities in 2006, the number of fatal work injuries from highway incidents has decreased each year. Fatalities due to self-inflicted injuries rose to 11 in 2010, up from 9 a year ago. Work fatalities resulting from being struck by an object or equipment rose from 5 in 2009 to 10 in 2010, while falls to a lower level were responsible for 10 deaths in 2010 compared to 9 a year earlier.

In the United States, highway incidents were also the most frequent fatal workplace event, accounting for 21 percent of fatal work injuries. Colorado's share of on-the-job fatalities due to highway incidents was the same as the nation. Nationwide, homicides and falls to a lower level were the next most frequent type of event, each with 11 percent of work-related fatalities. In Colorado, homicides at work accounted for 11 percent of occupational fatalities and falls to a lower level, 13 percent.

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Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries data are available on the BLS Internet site at www.bls.gov/iif/. Further information on the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries program, as well as other Bureau programs, is available on the Mountain-Plains Information Office Web site at www.bls.gov/ro7/ or by contacting us at 816-285-7000 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. CT.

Technical Note

Background of the program. The Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, part of the BLS occupational safety and health statistics program, compiles a count of all fatal work injuries occurring in the U.S. during the calendar year. The program uses diverse State, federal, and independent data sources to identify, verify, and describe fatal work injuries. This assures counts are as complete and accurate as possible.

For technical information about the CFOI program, please go to the BLS Handbook of Methods on the BLS web site here: www.bls.gov/opub/hom/homch9_a1.htm. The technical information and definitions for the CFOI Program are in Chapter 9, Part III of the BLS Handbook of Methods.

Federal/State agency coverage. The Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries includes data for all fatal work injuries, whether the decedent was working in a job covered by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) or other federal or State agencies or was outside the scope of regulatory coverage. Thus, any comparison between the BLS fatality census counts and those released by other agencies should take into account the different coverage requirements and definitions being used by each agency.

Several federal and State agencies have jurisdiction over workplace safety and health. OSHA and affiliated agencies in States with approved safety programs cover the largest portion of the nation's workers. However, injuries and illnesses occurring in certain industries or activities, such as coal, metal, and nonmetal mining and highway, water, rail, and air transportation, are excluded from OSHA coverage because they are covered by other federal agencies, such as the Mine Safety and Health Administration and various agencies within the Department of Transportation.

Acknowledgments. The Bureau of Labor Statistics appreciates the efforts of all federal, State, local, and private sector entities that submitted source documents used to identify fatal work injuries. Among these agencies are the Occupational Safety and Health Administration; the National Transportation Safety Board; the U.S. Coast Guard; the Mine Safety and Health Administration; the Employment Standards Administration (Federal Employees' Compensation and Longshore and Harbor Workers' divisions); the Federal Railroad Administration; the Department of Energy; State vital statistics registrars, coroners, and medical examiners; State departments of health, labor and industries, and workers' compensation agencies; State and local police departments; and State farm bureaus.

Table 1. Fatal occupational injuries in Colorado by selected event groups, 1992-2010
Year Total fatalities Highway incidents Self-inflicted injuries Struck by object or equipment Falls to a lower level
Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent

1992

103 22 21 4 4 7 7 8 8

1993

99 18 18 3 3 5 5 9 9

1994

120 28 23 9 8 -- -- 12 10

1995

112 21 19 10 9 9 8 10 9

1996

90 20 22 7 8 -- -- 10 11

1997

120 29 24 7 6 7 6 16 13

1998

77 28 36 -- -- 8 10 8 10

1999

106 32 30 17 16 10 9 7 7

2000

117 34 29 13 11 6 5 10 9

2001

139 33 24 18 13 16 12 15 11

2002

123 37 30 14 11 9 7 12 10

2003

102 25 25 11 11 7 7 16 16

2004

117 36 31 11 9 9 8 7 6

2005

125 35 28 -- -- 9 7 7 6

2006

137 42 31 14 10 13 9 12 9

2007

126 41 33 6 5 11 9 8 6

2008

105 31 30 6 6 10 10 9 9

2009 (1)

83 24 29 9 11 5 6 9 11

2010 (2)

80 17 21 11 14 10 13 10 13

Footnotes:
(1) Since the initial release of 2009 data, 3 additional job-related fatalities were identified in Colorado bringing the 2009 total job-related fatality count to 83.
(2) Totals for 2010 are preliminary.

NOTE: Dashes indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.

Table 2. Fatal occupational injuries by event or exposure, Colorado, 2009-2010
Event or exposure(1) 2009 2010
Number Number Percent

Total

83 80 100

Transportation incidents

34 27 34

Highway

24 17 21

Collision between vehicles, mobile equipment

9 9 11

Moving in same direction

5 -- --

Moving in opposite directions, oncoming

-- 5 6

Vehicle struck object on side of road

7 3 4

Noncollision

7 3 4

Jack-knifed or overturned-no collision

7 -- --

Nonhighway (farm, industrial premises)

-- 3 4

Aircraft accident

6 3 4

Assaults and violent acts

18 21 26

Homicides

8 9 11

Shooting

7 8 10

Self-inflicted injuries

9 11 14

Contact with objects and equipment

9 15 19

Struck by object or equipment

5 10 13

Struck by falling object or equipment

-- 4 5

Caught in or compressed by equipment or objects

-- 3 4

Falls

14 11 14

Fall to lower level

9 10 13

Fall from ladder

3 -- --

Fall from roof

3 -- --

Fall on same level

4 -- --

Exposure to harmful substances or environments

6 3 4

Fires and explosions

-- 3 4

Footnotes:
(1) Based on the 2007 BLS Occupational Injury and Illness Classification Manual. Includes other events and exposures, such as bodily reaction, in addition to those shown separately.

NOTE: Totals for major categories may include subcategories not shown separately. Dashes indicate no data reported or data that do meet publication criteria. Data for 2010 are preliminary.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, in cooperation with state and federal agencies, Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries.

Table 3. Fatal occupational injuries by worker characteristics, Colorado, 2009-2010
Worker characteristics 2009 2010
Number Number Percent

Total

83 80 100
Employee Status

Wage and salary workers(1)

74 59 74

Self-employed(2)

9 21 26
Gender

Men

76 72 90

Women

7 8 10
Age(3)

20 to 24 years

-- 8 10

25 to 34 years

13 13 16

35 to 44 years

18 14 18

45 to 54 years

28 16 20

55 to 64 years

11 18 23

65 years and over

10 11 14
Race or Ethnic Origin(4)

White, non-Hispanic

58 59 74

Black, non-Hispanic

5 -- --

Hispanic or Latino

17 17 21

Footnotes:
(1) May include volunteers and workers receiving other types of compensation.
(2) Includes self-employed workers, owners of unincorporated businesses and farms, paid and unpaid family workers, and may include some owners of incorporated businesses or members of partnerships.
(3) Because there may have been no incidents reported for some ages or because the data do not meet publication criteria, information is not available for all age groups. In addition, some fatalities may have had insufficient information with which to determine the age of the decedents.
(4) Persons identified as Hispanic or Latino may be of any race. The race categories shown exclude Hispanic and Latino workers.

NOTE: Totals for major categories may include subcategories not shown separately. Dashes indicate no data reported or data that do meet publication criteria. Data for 2010 are preliminary.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, in cooperation with state and federal agencies, Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries.

Last Modified Date: October 28, 2011

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