Nationally, 2012 workplace fatalities second lowest since 1002

Preliminary data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released in August show that fatal work injuries in Connecticut dropped from 37 in 2011 to 36 in 2012. Thirteen of last year's fatalities were caused by violence; nine by transportation incidents; and seven by falls, slips, or trips.

Nationally, 4,383 occupational fatalities were recorded in 2012, down from a revised 2011 count of 4,693. Transportation incidents accounted for more than two out of every five fatal work injuries last year.

Overall, 767 workers were killed as a result of violence, including 463 homicides and 225 suicides. Violence accounted for just over 17% of all fatal work injuries nationwide in 2012.

Fatal falls, slips, or trips took the lives of 668 workers in 2012, down slightly from 2011. Falls to a lower level accounted for 544 or about 81% of those fatalities. In 2012, the height of the fall was reported in 437 of the fatal falls to a lower level. Of those cases, about one in four occurred after a fall of 10 feet or less. Another one-fourth occurred from falls of over 30 feet.

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