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Could the number of work-related deaths be decreasing in Colorado?

Eley_9112013_1.jpgIt's hard to imagine losing a spouse or a parent. The loss of a loved one will impact a family in many different ways. While this may seem like a fairly obvious statement, the truth of the matter is that people don't think about what happens after the death of a spouse or parent. But, once a tragic accident happens, families are forced to make difficult decisions. These decisions often involve finances, especially if the victim was the main provider.

We've discussed different types of workplace injuries, as well as what types of benefits are available for families if their loved one is killed in an accident on-the-job. But how many deaths result from workplace injuries in Colorado?

It appears that over the past few years, the number of workplace deaths has been decreasing. Could this be a trend that will continue?

That is a question that cannot be answered until after 2013 ends. But according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, there have been fewer workplace fatalities when comparing the numbers from 2011 with 2012. In 2011, there were 92 reported workplace fatalities while in 2012 the number was 80.

Eley_9112013_2.jpgThe industry with the highest number of workplace-related deaths was the transportation industry. Data also showed that men were victims in the majority of deaths. Breaking down the numbers even further, the highest number of fatalities was of those between the ages of 55 and 64.

Despite the decrease in workplace fatalities, this number is still too high. Hopefully we will see even lower number of work-related deaths that occurred this year at the end of 2013.

Source: The Colorado Springs Business Journal, "Workplace deaths drop in 2012, according to state report," Amy Gillentine, Sept. 10, 2013

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