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Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities
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TABLE A-7. Fatal occupational injuries by worker characteristics and event or exposure, all United States, 2019
Worker Characteristics Total fatal injuries (number) Event or exposure(1)
Transportation incidents(2) Violence and other injuries by persons or animals(3) Contact with objects and equipment Falls, slips, trips Exposure to harmful substances or environments Fires and explosions

Total

5,333 2,122 841 732 880 642 99

Employee status

Wage and salary(4)

4,240 1,735 632 546 683 548 83

Self-employed(5)

1,093 387 209 186 197 94 16

Gender

Women

437 170 120 18 65 59 3

Men

4,896 1,952 721 714 815 583 96

Age

Under 16 years

17 8 - 5 - 2 -

16 to 17 years

17 9 - 3 - - -

18 to 19 years

50 19 8 7 5 11 -

20 to 24 years

325 127 79 39 - 43 -

25 to 34 years

866 328 149 110 92 164 -

35 to 44 years

967 360 173 134 112 166 22

45 to 54 years

1,082 428 179 153 180 125 14

55 to 64 years

1,212 484 163 169 256 109 23

65 years and over

793 355 88 112 203 20 10

Race or ethnic origin(6)

White, non-Hispanic

3,297 1,377 487 467 505 388 60

Black or African-American, non-Hispanic

634 257 160 67 58 79 10

Hispanic or Latino

1,088 368 111 174 267 149 -

American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic

30 14 - - 6 5 -

Asian, non-Hispanic

181 57 63 16 30 10 5

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic

14 - - - 5 4 -

Footnotes
(1) Based on the BLS Occupational Injury and Illness Classification System (OIICS) 2.01 implemented for 2011 data forward.
(2) Includes roadway, nonroadway, air, water, rail fatal occupational injuries, and fatal occupational injuries resulting from being struck by a vehicle.
(3) Includes violence by persons, self-inflicted injury, and attacks by animals.
(4) May include volunteers and workers receiving other types of compensation. Cases where employment status is unknown are included in the counts of wage and salary workers.
(5) 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.
(6) Persons identified as Hispanic or Latino may be of any race. The race categories shown exclude data for Hispanics and Latinos. Cases where ethnicity is unknown are included in counts of non-Hispanic workers.

Note: Data for all years are final. Totals for major categories may include subcategories not shown separately. For complete information on how the data are coded and presented see our definitions page at https://www.bls.gov/iif/oshcfdef.htm. Dashes indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria. CFOI fatal injury 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, December 2020