Work-related deaths decrease in 2009

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Work-related deaths in Colorado decreased by nearly 24 percent, said the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

The number of deaths decreased from 105 in 2008 to 80 in 2009. Most of the deaths were transportation fatalities, according to the report. Assaults and violent acts were the second most common cause, while falls came in third.

There were three deaths for every 100,000 workers in the state’s workforce last year. Fatal injured in 2009 were most likely to occur on a Thursday, with the time of day being between 11 a.m. and noon.

Transportation deaths accounted for 423 percent of the state’s occupational fatalities – 23 deaths were highway fatalities, while seven deaths resulting from aircraft accidents. About 16 deaths were caused by violent acts or assaults and 13 deaths were attributed to falls.

Other details from the report:
- Men account for 73 of 80 deaths in 2009.
- Most were white, non-Hispanic workers.
- Workers in the 45 to 54-year-old range had the highest number of fatalities.

Most dangerous industries:
- Construction industry had the highest number of deaths.
- Transportation, warehousing and retail trade were tied for second place.
- Public administration had six deaths, while agriculture had five deaths.