Business: Dying To Work

May 15 2013, 12:05 PM

Colorado has a wealth of adrenaline-inducing, crazy-sounding, extreme jobs that most of us either a) dream about, or b) have nightmares about. Our May feature, "Risky Business," took a look at a few of the Centennial State's most extreme occupations. And it got us thinking—when the numbers are crunched— who’s actually doing the deadliest jobs in our state?  —Research by Jake Jensen

How many Coloradans die on the job every year? Take a look at these figures from 2011.*

92 = Number of occupational fatalities in one year (Note: Figures below may not total 92, but represent the most complete online data available.)

85/7 = Number of men versus women who died on the job

66/22 = Number of white versus Hispanic or Latino people who died on the job

82/10 = Number of private industry versus government occupational fatalities

20 = Colorado’s state rank for occupational fatalities

Breakdown of fatalities by occupation:

Natural resources, construction, and maintenance occupations = 30   

Production, transportation, and material moving occupations = 24

Management, professional, and related occupations = 20

Service occupations = 12

Sales and office occupations = 6

Breakdown of fatality causes:

Transportation incidents = 36

Falls, slips, and trips = 17

Contact with objects and equipment = 16

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals = 16

Exposure to harmful substances or environments = 6

Fires and explosions = 0

Breakdown by major metropolitan area:

Denver/Aurora/Broomfield area = 34

Fort Collins/Loveland area = 8

Greeley area = 5

Colorado Springs area = 5

Boulder area = 2

Grand Junction area = 2

Pueblo area = 1

Breakdown by age:

Under 20 years = 0

20 to 24 = 7

25 to 34 = 12

35 to 44 = 15

45 to 54 = 25

55 to 64 = 23

65 and over = 10

*the most recent data available from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics

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