February 2, 2018

Report: CT work-related death count dropped in 2016

Connecticut lost 28 lives to work injuries in 2016, down from 44 in 2015, according to the February issue of the Connecticut Economic Digest.

The 2016 figure represents the smallest death total since 2008, said Connecticut Department of Labor associate research analyst Erin Wilkins, who wrote the report. The monthly digest is published by DOL and the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development.

At 1.6 deaths per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers, Connecticut had the lowest death rate in the U.S. in 2016, said Wilkins, but that is mainly due to lower employment in high-risk industries here.

Despite the favorable report, Wilkins stressed that "even one work-related death is one too many."

Nationwide, 5,190 people died in 2016 as a result of workplace injuries, the most since 2008. That equates to a fatal injury rate of 3.6 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers. Texas recorded the most deaths, 545, while Rhode Island reported the fewest, 9, Wilkins said.

In Connecticut, the most lives lost were in the transportation, utilities and construction trades. All but one of Connecticut's work-related deaths were men, the report states.

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