Fatal Occupational Injuries Involving Cranes
From 2011 to 2015, the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) reported 220 total crane-related deaths, an average of 44 per year over this 5-year period. Men accounted for 217 of the 220 fatal injuries involving cranes. White, non-Hispanic workers accounted for 74 percent of fatal injuries involving cranes, while 14 percent involved Hispanic and Latino workers.
Event or Exposure
Industry and Occupation
One-third of all worker deaths involving cranes in 2011–15 were to workers in transportation and material moving occupations. Over half of these workers were crane operators. Another 30 percent of worker deaths involving cranes occurred to workers in construction and extraction occupations.
Worker Activity and Location
State of Incident
This article includes all cases from 2011 to 2015 where the primary source or secondary source of the fatal incident was a crane or the worker’s activity at the time of the fatal incident involved operating a crane. The primary and secondary sources identify the objects, substances, equipment, and other factors responsible for the fatal injury incurred by the worker or that precipitated the event or exposure. Primary source, secondary source, and event or exposure are all part of the Occupational Injury and Illness Classification System, which CFOI uses to code case characteristics associated with each fatal injury.
For technical information and definitions, please see the BLS Handbook of Methods at www.bls.gov/opub/hom/pdf/homch9.pdf.
You can obtain data from the Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities program by using the following tools: Create Customized Tables (Multiple Screens), Create Customized Tables (Single Screen), and the Online Profiles System. Additional tables and charts are on the IIF homepage and the IIF State page.
Last Modified Date: November 27, 2017