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December 2, 2015

Worker deaths below average in 2014

Worker deaths in Connecticut were lower than usual in 2014, according to new information supplied by the state Department of Labor. The construction sector and the transportation and warehousing sector saw the most on-the-job deaths.

The report, issued as part of the monthly Connecticut Economic Digest, said 33 workers lost their lives in the state in 2014. That’s compared to 4,679 work-related deaths across America in the same time frame. On average, 39 people a year die on the job in Connecticut.

Connecticut’s construction sector and the transportation and warehousing sector each had 7 deaths for a combined 42 percent of 2014 deaths. There were 3 deaths in the government sector; in the past four years this sector accounted for 16 percent of deaths.

Nine states recorded numbers lower than Connecticut, with the lowest number of 8 in Vermont. Nationally, four states accounted for 27 percent of deaths: Texas with 524, California 334, Florida 221, and New York with 203.

The national rate of fatal work injuries per 100,000 full time employees was 3.3 for both 2013 and 2014. State rates for 2014 will not be available until spring 2016. In 2013, Connecticut’s rate was 1.8 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers.

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