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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

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Fatal Work Injuries in Wisconsin – 2012


Fatal work injuries totaled 114 in 2012 for Wisconsin, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Charlene Peiffer noted that while the 2012 count was preliminary, the number of work-related fatalities in Wisconsin rose by 25 over the year. Fatal occupational injuries in the state have ranged from a high of 138 in 1993 to a low of 77 in 2008. (See chart 1.)

Nationwide, a preliminary total of 4,383 fatal work injuries were recorded in 2012, down from a revised count of 4,693 fatalities in 2011, according to results from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) program. Final 2012 CFOI data will be released in Spring 2014.

Chart 1. Total fatal occupational injuries, Wisconsin, 2003–2012


Of the 114 fatal work injuries reported in Wisconsin in 2012, 37 resulted from transportation incidents, 27 from violence and other injuries by persons or animals, and 26 from contact with objects and equipment. These three major categories accounted for more than three-quarters of all fatal work injuries. Other major event categories each reported 16 or fewer deaths. (See table 1.)

Within transportation incidents, roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicles was the most frequent type of workplace fatality with 22 deaths. In the violence and other injuries by persons or animals category, 24 deaths occurred from intentional injury by a person. In the contact with objects and equipment category, 18 fatalities resulted from workers being struck by objects or equipment. (Note that transportation counts presented in this release are expected to rise when updated 2012 data are released in spring 2014 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 2012, accounting for 41 percent of fatal work injuries. Wisconsin’s 32-percent share of fatalities due to this event was smaller than the nationwide share. (See chart 2.) Violence and other injuries by persons or animals was the second most frequent type of event nationally with 17 percent of work-related fatalities. This was less than the 24-percent share in Wisconsin. Contact with objects or equipment (16 percent) and falls, slips, and trips (15 percent) were the third and fourth most frequent events, respectively, in the nation.


Chart 2. Fatal occupational injuries by selected event, Wisconsin and the United States, 2012


Additional key characteristics:

  • The agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting industry sector had the largest number of fatalities in the state with 30, up from 22 the previous year. (See table 2.) Within this industry, contact with objects and equipment accounted for 12 worker deaths, while 11 fatalities were due to transportation incidents.
  • The manufacturing industry had the second highest fatality count with 16, up from 12 fatalities in 2011. Contact with objects and equipment accounted for eight worker deaths in this sector.
  • Management and transportation and material moving occupations had the highest numbers of fatal work injuries with 27 and 23 fatalities, respectively. (See table 3.) The majority of these fatalities were farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers (18) within the management group and heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers (12) within the transportation and material moving occupational group.
  • Men accounted for 103, or 90 percent, of the work-related fatalities in the state. (See table 4.) Transportation incidents made up one-third of these fatalities.
  • In Wisconsin, 88 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 58 individuals, or just over half of the state’s work-related fatalities in 2012. Nationally, workers in this group accounted for 59 percent of on-the-job fatalities.
  • Of the 114 persons that suffered fatal work injuries in Wisconsin, 63 percent worked for wages and salaries; the remaining were self-employed. The most frequent fatal event for wage and salary workers was transportation incidents (25) while for self-employed workers there were 12 fatalities each resulting from transportation incidents and contact with objects and equipment.

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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 assures 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/homch9.htm.

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, in particular the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene.


Table 1. Fatal occupational injuries by event or exposure, Wisconsin, 2011-2012
Event or exposure(1) 2011 2012(p)
Number Number Percent

Total

89 114 100

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals

13 27 24

Intentional injury by person

8 24 21

Intentional injury by other person

3 16 14

Shooting by other person--intentional

2 16 14

Self-inflicted injury--intentional

5 8 7

Shooting--intentional self-harm

3 5 4

Animal and insect related incidents

3 3 3

Struck by animal

1 3 3

Transportation incidents

33 37 32

Pedestrian vehicular incident

5 5 4

Roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicle

19 22 19

Roadway collision with other vehicle

13 12 11

Roadway collision--moving perpendicularly

3 6 5

Roadway collision with object other than vehicle

-- 6 5

Vehicle struck object or animal on side of roadway

-- 6 5

Roadway noncollision incident

4 4 4

Jack-knifed or overturned, roadway

3 4 4

Nonroadway incident involving motorized land vehicles

7 9 8

Nonroadway noncollision incident

6 8 7

Jack-knifed or overturned, nonroadway

3 7 6

Fires and Explosions

-- 3 3

Fires

-- 3 3

Falls, slips, trips

12 16 14

Falls to lower level

7 14 12

Other fall to lower level

4 12 11

Other fall to lower level 16 to 20 feet

-- 3 3

Exposure to harmful substances or environments

9 5 4

Exposure to electricity

4 1 1

Indirect exposure to electricity

-- 1 1

Indirect exposure to electricity, greater than 220 volts

-- 1 1

Contact with objects and equipment

22 26 23

Struck by object or equipment

12 18 16

Struck by powered vehicle--nontransport

4 10 9

Caught between rolling powered vehicle and other object

-- 1 1

Struck or run over by rolling powered vehicle

-- 4 4

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

8 4 4

Struck by object falling from vehicle or machinery--other than vehicle part

2 3 3

Caught in or compressed by equipment or objects

8 6 5

Caught in running equipment or machinery

8 6 5

Caught in running equipment or machinery during maintenance, cleaning

6 3 3

Footnotes:
(1) Based on the BLS Occupational Injury and Illness Classification System (OIICS) 2.01 implemented for 2011 data forward. Total may include other events not shown.
(p) Data are preliminary. Revised and final 2012 data are scheduled to be released in Spring 2014.

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.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, in cooperation with State, New York City, District of Columbia, and Federal agencies, Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries.

 

Table 2. Fatal occupational injuries by industry, Wisconsin, 2011-2012
Industry(1) 2011 2012(p)
Number Number Percent

Total

89 114 100

Private industry

81 106 93

Natural resources and mining

22 30 26

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

22 30 26

Crop production

10 13 11

Fruit and tree nut farming

1 1 1

Noncitrus fruit and tree nut farming

1 1 1

Animal production

11 13 11

Cattle ranching and farming

11 10 9

Dairy cattle and milk production

10 10 9

Forestry and logging

-- 3 3

Logging

-- 3 3

Logging

-- 3 3

Construction

7 11 10

Construction

7 11 10

Specialty trade contractors

-- 7 6

Foundation, structure, and building exterior contractors

-- 3 3

Site preparation contractors

-- 1 1

Manufacturing

12 16 14

Manufacturing

12 16 14

Primary metal manufacturing

1 3 3

Foundries

1 3 3

Electrical equipment, appliance, and component manufacturing

-- 1 1

Trade, transportation, and utilities

27 27 24

Wholesale trade

10 8 7

Merchant wholesalers, durable goods

9 4 4

Machinery, equipment, and supplies merchant wholesalers

2 3 3

Merchant wholesalers, nondurable goods

-- 4 4

Grocery and related product wholesalers

-- 1 1

General line grocery merchant wholesalers

-- 1 1

Miscellaneous nondurable goods merchant wholesalers

-- 1 1

Farm supplies merchant wholesalers

-- 1 1

Retail trade

6 8 7

Electronics and appliance stores

-- 2 2

Electronics and appliance stores

-- 2 2

Food and beverage stores

1 2 2

Grocery stores

1 2 2

Supermarkets and other grocery (except convenience) stores

1 2 2

Gasoline stations

-- 3 3

Gasoline stations

-- 3 3

Gasoline stations with convenience stores

-- 3 3

Transportation and warehousing

11 11 10

Truck transportation

9 9 8

General freight trucking

8 6 5

Specialized freight trucking

-- 3 3

Specialized freight (except used goods) trucking, local

-- 1 1

Specialized freight (except used goods) trucking, long-distance

-- 2 2

Information

-- 1 1

Information

-- 1 1

Publishing industries (except internet)

-- 1 1

Newspaper, periodical, book, and directory publishers

-- 1 1

Newspaper publishers

-- 1 1

Professional and business services

1 5 4

Professional and technical services

-- 1 1

Professional, scientific, and technical services

-- 1 1

Advertising and related services

-- 1 1

Administrative and waste services

-- 4 4

Administrative and support services

1 4 4

Services to buildings and dwellings

1 4 4

Landscaping services

1 4 4

Educational and health services

3 3 3

Health care and social assistance

3 3 3

Nursing and residential care facilities

-- 1 1

Community care facilities for the elderly

-- 1 1

Community care facilities for the elderly

-- 1 1

Other services, except public administration

5 10 9

Other services, except public administration

5 10 9

Repair and maintenance

4 3 3

Government(2)

8 8 7

Local government

4 6 5

Footnotes:
(1) Industry data are based on the North American Industry Classification System, 2007. Total may include other industries not shown.
(2) Includes fatal injuries to workers employed by governmental organizations regardless of industry.
(p) Data are preliminary. Revised and final 2012 data are scheduled to be released in Spring 2014.

NOTE: Totals for major categories may include subcategories not shown separately. Percentages may not add to totals because of rounding. Dashes indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria. CFOI fatality counts exclude illness-related deaths unless precipitated by an injury event.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, in cooperation with State, New York City, District of Columbia, and Federal agencies, Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries.

 

Table 3. Fatal occupational injuries by occupation, Wisconsin, 2011-2012
Occupation(1) 2011 2012(p)
Number Number Percent

Total

89 114 100

Management occupations

22 27 24

Advertising, marketing, promotions, public relations, and sales managers

-- 3 3

Other management occupations

21 21 18

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

19 18 16

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

19 18 16

Property, real estate, and community association managers

-- 1 1

Property, real estate, and community association managers

-- 1 1

Business and financial operations occupations

-- 3 3

Protective service occupations

2 3 3

Fire fighting and prevention workers

-- 1 1

Firefighters

-- 1 1

Firefighters

-- 1 1

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations

-- 5 4

Supervisors of building and grounds cleaning and maintenance workers

-- 2 2

First-line supervisors of building and grounds cleaning and maintenance workers

-- 2 2

First-line supervisors of landscaping, lawn service, and groundskeeping workers

-- 2 2

Grounds maintenance workers

-- 3 3

Grounds maintenance workers

-- 3 3

Landscaping and groundskeeping workers

-- 3 3

Sales and related occupations

9 7 6

Supervisors of sales workers

5 3 3

First-line supervisors of sales workers

5 3 3

First-line supervisors of retail sales workers

3 3 3

Retail sales workers

-- 3 3

Retail salespersons

-- 1 1

Retail salespersons

-- 1 1

Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing

-- 1 1

Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing

-- 1 1

Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products

-- 1 1

Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations

3 12 11

Agricultural workers

2 9 8

Miscellaneous agricultural workers

2 9 8

Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse

-- 4 4

Farmworkers, farm, ranch, and aquacultural animals

2 5 4

Forest, conservation, and logging workers

-- 3 3

Logging workers

-- 3 3

Fallers

-- 3 3

Construction and extraction occupations

8 13 11

Supervisors of construction and extraction workers

-- 5 4

First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

-- 5 4

First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

-- 5 4

Construction trades workers

6 6 5

Construction laborers

3 3 3

Construction laborers

3 3 3

Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

9 4 4

Supervisors of installation, maintenance, and repair workers

1 1 1

First-line supervisors of mechanics, installers, and repairers

1 1 1

First-line supervisors of mechanics, installers, and repairers

1 1 1

Other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

-- 3 3

Production occupations

8 8 7

Metal workers and plastic workers

2 4 4

Transportation and material moving occupations

17 23 20

Motor vehicle operators

13 17 15

Driver/sales workers and truck drivers

13 15 13

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

12 12 11

Material moving workers

4 6 5

Laborers and material movers, hand

-- 6 5

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

-- 6 5

Footnotes:
(1) Occupation data are based on the Standard Occupational Classification system, 2010. Total may include occupations not shown.
(p) Data are preliminary. Revised and final 2012 data are scheduled to be released in Spring 2014.

NOTE: Totals for major categories may include subcategories not shown separately. Percentages may not add to totals because of rounding. Dashes indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria. CFOI fatality counts exclude illness-related deaths unless precipitated by an injury event.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, in cooperation with State, New York City, District of Columbia, and Federal agencies, Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries.

 

Table 4. Fatal occupational injuries by worker characteristics, Wisconsin, 2011-2012
Worker characteristics 2011 2012(p)
Number Number Percent

Total

89 114 100
Employee status

Wage and salary(1)

58 72 63

Self-employed(2)

31 42 37
Gender

Men

78 103 90

Women

11 11 10
Age(3)

Under 16 years

-- 3 3

18 to 19 years

1 1 1

20 to 24 years

9 3 3

25 to 34 years

10 13 11

35 to 44 years

12 14 12

45 to 54 years

21 31 27

55 to 64 years

23 26 23

65 years and over

13 23 20
Race or ethnic origin(4)

White, non-Hispanic

79 100 88

Hispanic or Latino

4 7 6

Asian, non-Hispanic

-- 7 6

Footnotes:
(1) May include volunteers and workers receiving other types of compensation.
(2) 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.
(3) Information may not be available for all age groups.
(4) Persons identified as Hispanic or Latino may be of any race. The race categories shown exclude Hispanic and Latino workers.
(p) Data are preliminary. Revised and final 2012 data are scheduled to be released in Spring 2014.

NOTE: Totals for major categories may include subcategories not shown separately. Percentages may not add to totals because of rounding. Dashes indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria. CFOI fatality counts exclude illness-related deaths unless precipitated by an injury event.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, in cooperation with State, New York City, District of Columbia, and Federal agencies, Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries.

 

Last Modified Date: December 11, 2013