Workplace deaths drop in 2012, according to state report

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There were fewer workplace deaths in 2012 than there were the previous year, according to a report from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Last year, there were 80 deaths from workplace injuries, which was 12 fewer than in 2011.

Transportation-related deaths were the leading cause of workplace fatalities, with 32 deaths, including 20 traffic accidents and seven pedestrian fatalities.

There were 15 deaths from violence at work in 2012, and six of them were self-inflicted, intentional injuries.

Another 15 deaths were caused by falls, slips and trips.

Men accounted for 67 of the 80 worker deaths, while 51 deaths were white, non-Hispanic workers, 21 were Hispanic workers and four were black. Workers in the age group of 55 to 64 had the highest number of fatalities.

Work-related fatalities are identified through review of death certificates, workers’ compensation claims, reports from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and other sources.