Report: Connecticut has 4th lowest worker fatality rate

According to a new AFL-CIO report,  Connecticut had the 4th lowest worker fatality rate in the country, 2.2 workers per 100,000 workers.

The report, Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect, uses U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data from 2011. According to a release sent by the AFL-CIO today,  4,693 workers died on the job nationwide in 2011, a rate of 3.5 deaths per 100,000 workers, down from the previous year’s figures of 3.6.  In Connecticut, 37 workers were killed in 2011.

In addition to the deaths, the report showed that about 7.6 million to 11.4 million job injuries and illnesses each year. The cost of job injuries and illnesses is enormous—estimated at $250 billion to $300 billion a year.

North Dakota, Wyoming, Montana and Alaska were among the states with the highest workplace fatality rates. Meanwhile, a fellow New England state — New Hampshire — had the lowest rate of deaths, at 1.2 fatalities per 100,000.

The AFL-CIO report features profiles of workers’ safety and health in each state and includes national information on workplace illnesses, injuries and fatalities as well as the number and frequency of workplace inspections, penalties, funding, staffing and public employee coverage under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act). The report also addresses delays in the rule-making process and emerging hazards such as pandemic flu and other infectious diseases.

To read the full report, visit




Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect was released after vigils, rallies and actions were held across the country to commemorate all those workers who died and were injured on the job for Workers Memorial Day on April 28.

Amanda Cuda