Montana Reports Fewer Work-Related Fatalities in 2022

  • — December 20 2023

MONTANA- The Montana Department of Labor & Industry today released the 2022 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, an annual study conducted jointly by the agency and the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics that tracks workplace fatalities. The report indicates that Montana experienced 25 fatal work-related injuries in 2022, down from 40 in 2021.

The fatality census, conducted throughout the nation, is part of a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics safety and health statistics program that provides a complete count of fatal work injuries in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.  These fatality statistics are used to fulfill a commitment to increasing safety in the workplace.

Of the 25 fatalities reported, 24 were in Private industry and 1 in Government.

Transportation incidents were the leading event causing fatal occupational injuries to Montana workers in 2022, with 11, or 44% of fatalities.  Aircraft and train incidents, vehicle incidents, pedestrian vs vehicle, collisions between vehicles, and non-collision incidents such as jack-knife or overturn of vehicles could be considered a transportation event.  Vehicles could include a fire truck or a semi-truck, automobiles, passenger vehicle, animal powered vehicles, on road or off-road terrain vehicles, farm tractor or an industrial tractor.

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Information on work-related illnesses is excluded from this census because of the latency period of many occupational illnesses and the resulting difficulties associated with linking illnesses to work and employer. The CFOI program will amend scope criteria to include as in-scope injuries fatal cardiac events following exposures to harmful substances or environments.

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