The number of deaths at work decreased in 2022, but deaths from road accidents rose

The number of deaths at work decreased in 2022, but deaths from road accidents rose

Transportation accidents remained the leading cause of workplace deaths last year, but worker deaths, at 89, were down 7.3% in 2022 compared to 2021. Pictured here is a train derailment that killed a truck driver near Pueblo this year. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Colorado saw fewer work-related deaths in 2022, bucking a trend that has seen workplace deaths rise nationally, according to an update from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment on Thursday.

Colorado recorded 89 on-the-job deaths last year, a 7.3% decrease from the 96 workers who died on the job in 2021, according to the Fatal Occupational Injury Census Program, a collaborative effort between CDLE’s Bureau of Labor Market Information and the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Last year, 5,486 workers died from work-related injuries nationally, an increase of 5.7% from the 5,190 workers who died in 2021.

Of the 89 workers who died on the job in Colorado, six were self-employed compared to 12 in that category in 2021. Men accounted for 81 of the total deaths, while women accounted for 8. Workers ages 35 to 44 were the largest group . 19-year-olds, followed by 18-year-olds between 55 and 64 years old.

Ten deaths of workers between the ages of 20 and 24 were recorded, marking the first time that this age group has had enough deaths to issue a figure since 2018 when three incidents were recorded.

Transportation accidents remained the leading cause of death among workers in Colorado, and those accidents have trended against the trend, rising from 25 in 2021 to 33 in 2022. Transportation has led all workplace fatalities over the past decade.

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