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Fatal Work Injuries in Michigan — 2014

Fatal work injuries totaled 138 in 2014 for Michigan, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Charlene Peiffer noted that while the 2014 count was preliminary, the number of work-related fatalities in Michigan increased by 3 over the year. Fatal occupational injuries in the state have ranged from a high of 182 in 1999 to a low of 94 in 2009. (See chart 1.)

Nationwide, a preliminary total of 4,679 fatal work injuries were recorded in 2014, up from a revised count of 4,585 fatalities in 2013, according to results from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) program. Final 2014 CFOI data will be released in the late spring of 2016.

 Chart 1. Total fatal occupational injuries, Michigan, 2005-2014

Of the 138 fatal work injuries reported in Michigan in 2014, 49 resulted from transportation incidents and 31 from violence and other injuries by persons or animals. Together these two major categories accounted for 58 percent of all fatal work injuries reported in the state. (See table 1.) Within transportation incidents, roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicles was the most frequent type of workplace fatality with 23 deaths. In the violence and other injuries by persons or animals category, 26 of 31 deaths occurred as a result of intentional injury by person. (Note that roadway incident counts presented in this release are expected to rise when updated 2014 data are released in the late spring of 2016 because key source documentation detailing specific transportation-related incidents has not yet been received.)

In the United States, transportation incidents were also the most frequent fatal workplace event in 2014, accounting for 40 percent of fatal work injuries. In Michigan, transportation incidents accounted for 36 percent of the state’s share of fatalities. (See chart 2.) Falls, slips, or trips was the second most frequent type of event nationally, with 17 percent of work-related fatalities; the share in Michigan matched that of the nation. Violence and other injuries by persons or animals and contact with objects or equipment accounted for 16 percent and 15 percent of the nation’s workplace fatalities, respectively. In the state, violence and other injuries by persons or animals accounted for 22 percent of workplace fatalities, while contact with objects and equipment was responsible for 15 percent of workplace fatalities.

 Chart 2. Fatal occupational injuries by selected event, Michigan and the United States, 2014

Additional highlights:

  • The agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting industry had the largest number of fatalities in the state with 23, up from 16 the previous year. Violence and other injuries by persons or animals and contact with objects and equipment each accounted for seven fatalities in this industry. (See table 2.)
  • Construction had the second highest fatality count with 21, compared to 19 the previous year. Falls, slips, or trips accounted for 11 deaths in this industry.
  • Transportation and material moving occupations had the highest number of fatal work injuries with 31. Motor vehicle operators suffered 17 fatalities. (See table 3.)
  • Men accounted for 120, or 87 percent, of the work-related fatalities in the state. (See table 4.) Transportation incidents made up 34 percent of these fatalities.
  • In Michigan, 82 percent of those who died from a workplace injury were white non-Hispanics. Nationwide, this group accounted for 68 percent of work-related deaths.
  • Workers 25-54 years old—the prime working age group—accounted for 81, or 59 percent, of the state’s work-related fatalities in 2014. Nationally, workers in this group accounted for 58 percent of on-the-job fatalities.
  • Of the 138 fatal work injuries in Michigan, 66 percent worked for wages and salaries; the remainder were self-employed. The most frequent fatal event for wage and salary workers was transportation incidents.

Technical Note

Background of the program. The Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, part of the BLS occupational safety and health statistics program, compiles a count of all fatal work injuries occurring in the United States during the calendar year. The program uses diverse state, federal, and independent data sources to identify, verify, and describe fatal work injuries. This ensures counts are as complete and accurate as possible.

For technical information about the CFOI program, please go to the BLS Handbook of Methods on the BLS web site at www.bls.gov/opub/hom/pdf/homch9.pdf.

 

Federal/State agency coverage. The Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries includes data for all fatal work injuries, whether the decedent was working in a job covered by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) or other federal or state agencies or was outside the scope of regulatory coverage. Thus, any comparison between the BLS fatality census counts and those released by other agencies should take into account the different coverage requirements and definitions being used by each agency.

Acknowledgments. The Bureau of Labor Statistics appreciates the efforts of all federal, state, local, and private sector entities that submitted source documents used to identify fatal work injuries.

Information in this release will be made available to sensory impaired individuals upon request. Voice phone: (202) 691-5200; Federal Relay Service: (800) 877-8339.

Table 1. Fatal occupational injuries by event or exposure, Michigan, 2013–14
Event or exposure (1) 2013 (2) 2014 (p)
Number Number Percent

Total

135 138 100

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals

40 31 22

Intentional injury by person

36 26 19

Homicides (Intentional injury by other person)

14 18 13

Shooting by other person--intentional

14 14 10

Suicides (Self-inflicted injury--intentional)

22 8 6

Animal and insect related incidents

-- 5 4

Transportation incidents

43 49 36

Aircraft incidents

-- 5 4

Pedestrian vehicular incident

9 10 7

Pedestrian struck by vehicle in nonroadway area

5 5 4

Roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicle

25 23 17

Roadway collision with other vehicle

16 12 9

Roadway collision--moving perpendicularly

5 6 4

Roadway collision with object other than vehicle

5 8 6

Vehicle struck object or animal on side of roadway

4 6 4

Nonroadway incident involving motorized land vehicles

6 5 4

Fires and explosions

2 3 2

Falls, slips, trips

17 23 17

Falls to lower level

14 19 14

Other fall to lower level

10 16 12

Exposure to harmful substances or environments

7 11 8

Exposure to electricity

2 5 4

Exposure to other harmful substances

4 5 4

Contact with objects and equipment

25 21 15

Struck by object or equipment

18 14 10

Struck by falling object or equipment--other than powered vehicle

10 8 6

Footnotes:
(1) Based on the BLS Occupational Injury and Illness Classification System (OIICS) 2.01 implemented for 2011 data forward.
(2) Totals for 2013 are revised and final.
(p) Data for 2014 are preliminary. Revised and final 2014 data are scheduled to be released in spring 2016.
 

NOTE: Totals for major categories may include subcategories not shown separately. Percentages may not add to totals because of rounding. CFOI fatality counts exclude illness-related deaths unless precipitated by an injury event. Dashes indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication guidelines.
 

Table 2. Fatal occupational injuries by industry, Michigan, 2013–14
Industry (1) 2013 (2) 2014 (p)
Number Number Percent

Total

135 138 100

Private industry

122 129 93

Natural resources and mining

17 23 17

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

16 23 17

Crop production

7 10 7

Animal production and aquaculture

5 6 4

Cattle ranching and farming

-- 6 4

Dairy cattle and milk production

-- 5 4

Forestry and logging

4 5 4

Logging

4 5 4

Logging

4 5 4

Construction

19 21 15

Construction

19 21 15

Construction of buildings

6 8 6

Residential building construction

5 5 4

Residential building construction

5 5 4

Residential remodelers

-- 5 4

Specialty trade contractors

11 12 9

Building equipment contractors

2 5 4

Manufacturing

10 11 8

Manufacturing

10 11 8

Trade, transportation, and utilities

36 39 28

Wholesale trade

1 6 4

Retail trade

8 13 9

Transportation and warehousing

27 19 14

Truck transportation

14 12 9

General freight trucking

9 8 6

General freight trucking, long-distance

6 7 5

General freight trucking, long-distance, truckload

5 6 4

Financial activities

8 5 4

Professional and business services

12 7 5

Administrative and waste services

7 7 5

Administrative and support services

5 5 4

Educational and health services

5 5 4

Leisure and hospitality

10 9 7

Accommodation and food services

4 6 4

Other services, except public administration

5 9 7

Other services, except public administration

5 9 7

Religious, grantmaking, civic, professional, and similar organizations

1 5 4

Government (3)

13 9 7

Local government

6 5 4
 

Footnotes:
(1) Industry data for 2013 are based on the North American Industry Classification System, 2007. Industry data for 2014 are based on the North American Industry Classification System, 2012.
(2) Totals for 2013 are revised and final.
(p) Data for 2014 are preliminary. Revised and final 2014 data are scheduled to be released in spring 2016.
(3) Includes fatal injuries to workers employed by governmental organizations regardless of industry.
 

NOTE: Totals for major categories may include subcategories not shown separately. Percentages may not add to totals because of rounding. CFOI fatality counts exclude illness-related deaths unless precipitated by an injury event. Dashes indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.
 

Table 3. Fatal occupational injuries by occupation, Michigan, 2013–14
Occupation (1) 2013 (2) 2014 (p)
Number Number Percent

Total

135 138 100

Management occupations

16 20 14

Other management occupations

14 17 12

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

9 9 7

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

9 9 7

Business and financial operations occupations

3 -- --

Community and social services occupations

-- 3 2

Legal occupations

1 -- --

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations

4 4 3

Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations

3 1 1

Healthcare support occupations

1 -- --

Protective service occupations

5 3 2

Food preparation and serving related occupations

1 3 2

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations

4 6 4

Personal care and service occupations

2 3 2

Sales and related occupations

11 9 7

Retail sales workers

3 5 4

Office and administrative support occupations

5 5 4

Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations

7 11 8

Agricultural workers

2 6 4

Miscellaneous agricultural workers

2 6 4

Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse

-- 5 4

Forest, conservation, and logging workers

5 5 4

Logging workers

5 5 4

Fallers

5 5 4

Construction and extraction occupations

24 18 13

Construction trades workers

21 14 10

Construction laborers

6 8 6

Construction laborers

6 8 6

Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

7 11 8

Other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

3 6 4

Production occupations

6 8 6

Transportation and material moving occupations

31 31 22

Motor vehicle operators

21 17 12

Driver/sales workers and truck drivers

17 15 11

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

15 14 10

Material moving workers

8 9 7

Laborers and material movers, hand

6 5 4

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

6 5 4

Footnotes:
(1) Occupation data are based on the Standard Occupational Classification system, 2010.
(2) Totals for 2013 are revised and final.
(p) Data for 2014 are preliminary. Revised and final 2014 data are scheduled to be released in spring 2016.
 

NOTE: Totals for major categories may include subcategories not shown separately. Percentages may not add to totals because of rounding. CFOI fatality counts exclude illness-related deaths unless precipitated by an injury event. Dashes indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.
 

Table 4. Fatal occupational injuries by worker characteristics, Michigan, 2013–14
Worker characteristics 2013 (1) 2014 (p)
Number Number Percent

Total

135 138 100

Employee status

 

Wage and salary (2)

95 91 66

Self-employed (3)

40 47 34

Gender

 

Men

122 120 87

Women

13 18 13

Age (4)

 

20 to 24 years

11 11 8

25 to 34 years

24 21 15

35 to 44 years

29 30 22

45 to 54 years

22 30 22

55 to 64 years

26 25 18

65 years and over

21 21 15

Race or ethnic origin (5)

 

White, non-Hispanic

108 113 82

Black or African-American, non-Hispanic

20 14 10

Hispanic or Latino

3 6 4

Footnotes:
(1) Totals for 2013 are revised and final.
(p) Data for 2014 are preliminary. Revised and final 2014 data are scheduled to be released in spring 2016.
(2) May include volunteers and workers receiving other types of compensation.
(3) Includes self-employed workers, owners of unincorporated businesses and farms, paid and unpaid family workers, and may include some owners of incorporated businesses or members of partnerships.
(4) Information may not be available for all age groups.
(5) Persons identified as Hispanic or Latino may be of any race. The race categories shown exclude Hispanic and Latino workers.
 

NOTE: Totals for major categories may include subcategories not shown separately. Percentages may not add to totals because of rounding. CFOI fatality counts exclude illness-related deaths unless precipitated by an injury event. Dashes indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.
 

 

Last Modified Date: Wednesday, December 02, 2015