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Workplace Fatalities In Oregon 2011

Fatal work injuries totaled 57 in 2011 for Oregon, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Richard J. Holden noted that while the 2011 count was preliminary, the number of work-related fatalities in Oregon had increased by 10 over the year. Fatal occupational injuries in the state have ranged from a high of 88 in 1992 to a low of 44 in 2001. (See chart 1.)

Nationwide, a preliminary total of 4,609 fatal work injuries were recorded in 2011, down from a final count of 4,690 fatal work injuries recorded in 2010, according to results from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) program. Final 2011 CFOI data will be released in Spring 2013.

Chart 1. Total fatal occupational injuries, Oregon, 2002-2011



Changes to the OIICS Structure.

Information in this release incorporates a major revision in the Occupational Injury and Illness Classification System (OIICS), which is used to describe the characteristics of fatal work injuries. Because of the extensive revisions, data for the OIICS case characteristics for reference year 2011 represent a break in series with data for prior years. More information on OIICS can be found at www.bls.gov/iif/oshoiics.htm.



Of the 57 fatal work injuries reported in Oregon in 2011, 20 resulted from transportation incidents and 12 from contact with objects or equipment; together these two major categories accounted for 56 percent of all fatal work injuries. Other major event categories reported 10 or fewer deaths each. (See table 1.) Within transportation incidents, roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicles was the most frequent type of workplace fatality with 11 deaths, accounting for 19 percent of all on-the-job fatalities in the state. In the contact with objects or equipment category, eight deaths occurred from being struck by falling object or equipment-other than powered vehicle.

In the United States, transportation incidents were also the most frequent fatal workplace event in 2011, accounting for 41 percent of fatal work injuries. However, Oregon’s 35-percent share of on-the-job 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 event nationally with 17 percent of work related fatalities, a percentage point lower than the share in Oregon. Contact with objects or equipment (15 percent) and falls, slips, and trips (14 percent) were the third and fourth most frequent events, respectively, in the nation.

Chart 2. Fatal occupational injuries by selected event, Oregon and the United States, 2011

Additional key characteristics:

  • The agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting industry sector had the largest number of fatalities in the state with 19, up from 7 the previous year. (See table 3.) Transportation incidents accounted for eight of the worker deaths, while six fatalities were due to contact with objects or equipment.
  • The trade, transportation, and utilities industry had the second highest fatality count with 10, down from 18 the previous year. Transportation incidents accounted for six worker deaths in this sector.
  • Transportation and material moving occupations had the highest number of fatal work injuries with 13. (See table 3.) The majority of these fatalities were heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers (8). Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations had the next highest count with 10 on-the-job fatalities.
  • Men accounted for 51, or 89 percent, of the work-related fatalities in the state. (See table 4.) Transportation incidents made up more than one out of every three (37 percent) of these fatalities.
  • In Oregon, 86 percent of those who died from a workplace injury were white non-Hispanics. Nationwide, this group accounted for 72 percent of work-related deaths.
  • Workers 25-54 years old—the prime working age group—accounted for 28, or 49 percent, of the state’s work-related fatalities in 2011. Nationally, workers in this group accounted for 60 percent of on-the-job fatalities.
  • Of the 57 persons that suffered fatal work injuries in Oregon, 72 percent worked for wages and salaries; the remainder was self-employed. The most frequent fatal event for both groups was transportation incidents.

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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 here: http://www.bls.gov/opub/hom/homch9_a1.htm. The technical information and definitions for the CFOI Program are in Chapter 9, Part III of the BLS Handbook of Methods.

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 Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services.

Table 1. Fatal occupational injuries by event or exposure, Oregon, 2011(P)
Event or exposure(1) Number Percent
Total
57
100
  Violence and other injuries by persons or animals
10
18
    Intentional injury by person
7
12
      Intentional injury by other person
5
9
        Shooting by other person--intentional
3
5
    Animal and insect related incidents
3
5
      Struck by animal
3
5
  Transportation incidents
20
35
    Roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicle
11
19
      Roadway collision with other vehicle
4
7
        Roadway collision--moving in opposite directions, oncoming
3
5
      Roadway collision with object other than vehicle
7
12
        Vehicle struck object or animal on side of roadway
7
12
    Nonroadway incident involving motorized land vehicles
4
7
      Nonroadway noncollision incident
4
7
  Fires and Explosions
3
5
  Falls, slips, trips
9
16
    Falls on same level
3
5
    Falls to lower level
6
11
      Other fall to lower level
4
7
  Contact with objects and equipment
12
21
    Struck by object or equipment
12
21
      Struck by falling object or equipment--other than powered vehicle
8
14

Footnotes:
(1) Based on the BLS Occupational Injury and Illness Classification System (OIICS) 2.01 implemented for 2011 data forward.
(P) Data are preliminary. Revised and final 2011 data are scheduled to be released in Spring 2013.

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, Oregon, 2010-2011
Industry(1) 2010 2011(P)
Number Number Percent
Total
47
57
100
  Private industry
42
52
91
      Natural resources and mining
7
19
33
        Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
7
19
33
          Crop production
--
4
7
          Animal production
--
6
11
            Cattle ranching and farming
--
5
9
              Beef cattle ranching and farming, including feedlots
--
4
7
                Beef cattle ranching and farming
--
3
5
          Forestry and logging
4
7
12
            Logging
4
7
12
              Logging
4
7
12
      Construction
--
5
9
        Construction
--
5
9
          Specialty trade contractors
--
3
5
      Manufacturing
4
4
7
        Manufacturing
4
4
7
          Wood product manufacturing
--
3
5
            Sawmills and wood preservation
--
3
5
              Sawmills and wood preservation
--
3
5
                Sawmills
--
3
5
      Trade, transportation, and utilities
18
10
18
        Wholesale trade
--
3
5
        Transportation and warehousing
15
7
12
          Truck transportation
13
6
11
            General freight trucking
4
4
7
              General freight trucking, long-distance
--
3
5
      Leisure and hospitality
4
4
7
      Other services, except public administration
--
4
7
        Other services, except public administration
--
4
7
          Repair and maintenance
--
3
5
  Government(2)
5
5
9
  Local government(3)
--
4
7

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. Includes all fatal occupational injuries meeting this ownership criterion across all specified years, regardless of industry classification system.
(3) Includes all fatal occupational injuries meeting this ownership criterion across all specified years, regardless of industry classification system.
(P) Data are preliminary. Revised and final 2011 data are scheduled to be released in Spring 2013.

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, Oregon, 2010-2011
Occupation(1) 2010 2011(P)
Number Number Percent
Total
47
57
100
  Management occupations
7
9
16
      Industrial production managers
--
4
7
        Industrial production managers
--
4
7
      Transportation, storage, and distribution managers
--
3
5
        Transportation, storage, and distribution managers
--
3
5
    Other management occupations
4
9
16
      Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers
--
9
16
        Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers
--
9
16
  Protective service occupations
--
4
7
  Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations
5
10
18
    Forest, conservation, and logging workers
--
8
14
      Logging workers
--
7
12
        Fallers
--
3
5
  Construction and extraction occupations
3
6
11
    Construction trades workers
--
5
9
  Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations
--
6
11
    Other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations
--
3
5
  Transportation and material moving occupations
20
13
23
    Motor vehicle operators
19
11
19
      Driver/sales workers and truck drivers
18
11
19
        Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers
18
8
14

Footnotes:
(1) Occupation data for 2010 are based on the Standard Occupational Classification system, 2000. Occupation data for 2011 are based on the Standard Occupational Classification system, 2010. Total may include occupations not shown.
(P) Data are preliminary. Revised and final 2011 data are scheduled to be released in Spring 2013.

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, Oregon, 2010-2011
Worker characteristics 2010 2011(P)
Number Number Percent

Total

47
57
100
Employee status

Wage and salary workers(1)

34
41
72

Self-employed(2)

13
16
28
Gender

Men

44
51
89

Women

3
6
11
Age(3)

25 to 34 years

5
6
11

35 to 44 years

9
10
18

45 to 54 years

18
12
21

55 to 64 years

11
17
30

65 years and over

--
9
16
Race or ethnic origin(4)

White, non-Hispanic

37
49
86

Hispanic or Latino

6
6
11

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 2011 data are scheduled to be released in Spring 2013.

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

 

Last Modified Date: December 26, 2012