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Massachusetts fatal injuries at work 2000 update.

Boston, MA: Massachusetts Department of Public Health 2002 Sep; :1-6
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 2000. 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 2000, 60 men and 10 women in Massachusetts suffered fatal injuries at work. The overall rate of fatal occupational injury was 2.2 per 100,000 workers. The rate for men was 3.6 deaths per 100,000 workers, more than five times higher than the rate for women (0.7 deaths per 100,000 workers). The average age at death was 42.4 years. Thirty-nine (56%) victims were younger than 45 years of age and 5 victims were older than 65 years. The 70 fatalities resulted in an average of 32.6 years of potential life lost for each death (years before the victim reached age 75), for a total of 2,282 years of potential life lost. Two victims were younger than 18 years. One of them was killed when the golf cart he was operating crashed into a deck, and the second young worker was killed when the forklift he was operating overturned. Sixty-one (87%) victims were White, 3 were Black, and 2 were of other races. Four victims were Hispanic. Of the 70 workers fatally injured, 57 (81%) were wage and salary workers and 13 were self-employed.
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; Equipment-operators; 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