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Massachusetts fatal injuries at work 1999 update.

Boston, MA: Massachusetts Department of Public Health 2001 Aug; :1-4
Every year, men and women in a wide variety of jobs and industries throughout Massachusetts die as a result of injuries suffered at work. These deaths are all the more tragic because they are largely preventable. Information about when and how they occur is essential in order to target effective prevention programs. In Massachusetts, the Occupational Health Surveillance Program (OHSP) in the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) collects information on all fatal occupational injuries in the Commonwealth as part of the national Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), conducted in cooperation with the Bureau of labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of labor. OHSP also conducts in-depth work site investigations of targeted fatal occupational injuries as part of the national Fatality Assessment Control and Evaluation project (FACE), sponsored by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The purpose of the FACE project is to develop a detailed understanding of how fatal injuries occur and to identify effective countermeasures to prevent similar incidents in the future. Excerpts from selected FACE investigations are highlighted within this report. This update provides an overview of fatal injuries at work that occurred in Massachusetts during 1999. These include fatalities traditionally linked with factors in the work environment such as falls, electrocutions, and exposure to toxic substances. They also include homicides and suicides at work, as well as motor vehicle-related fatalities that occurred during travel on the job. Deaths caused by occupational illnesses and most fatal heart attacks at work are not included in this fatality census. In 1999, 77 men and 6 women in Massachusetts suffered fatal injuries at work, the highest number of fatalities since 1993. This translates into an average of 1.6 deaths per week and an annual occupational fatality rate of 2.6 per 100,000 workers. There were 8 deaths of workers from racial groups other than white and 6 workers were of Hispanic origin. The average age at death was 44 years. Forty-eight victims were 44 years of age or younger and 8 were 65 years old or older. The 83 fatalities resulted in an average of 31 years of potential life lost for each death (number of years before the victim reached age 75), for a total of 2,573 years of potential life lost. Of the 83 workers fatally injured, 70 were wage and salary workers and 12 were self-employed. One worker died while volunteering.
Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Injury-prevention; Protective-measures; Industrial-equipment; Industrial-safety; Safety-research; Mortality-data; Mortality-rates; Mortality-surveys; Accident-rates; Traumatic-injuries; Injury-prevention; Occupational-accidents; Occupational-hazards; Accident-statistics; Racial-factors; Age-factors; Surveillance-programs
Occupational Health Surveillance Program, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, 250 Washington Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02108
Publication Date
Document Type
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
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Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008331; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-08332
Priority Area
Disease and Injury: Traumatic Injuries
Source Name
Boston, MA: Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Performing Organization
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division