Connecticut was among the top 10 states nationwide for fewest workplace fatalities in 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Nationally there were 4,764 workplace fatal injuries reported last year, the smallest number since 2013, and a 10% decrease over 2019.
Connecticut recorded 29 work fatalities in 2020, tied with Montana.
Rhode Island reported five fatalities, the fewest of any state. Vermont and Delaware also reported work-related deaths in the single digits.
Connecticut experienced a slight increase in fatal injuries from 2019 when 26 people died. Still, the number is down significantly from 2018 when the state reported 48 workplace fatalities.
Incidents in the transportation sector were the most frequent type of fatal event nationally, making up 37% of all work-related deaths.
Fatalities within healthcare support and law enforcement sectors increased between 15% and 18% since 2019. Suicides decreased by nearly 16% overall.
The reporting does not include deaths related to the coronavirus.
The census of fatal occupational injuries used a number of state, federal, and independent data to identify and verify fatal work injuries.