Highest fatal injury rate (22.2 per 100,000) in agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, 2013

September 15, 2014

The overall fatal work injury rate for U.S. workers in 2013 was 3.2 per 100,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers. Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting industry recorded the highest fatal injury rate of any industry, at 22.2 fatal injuries per 100,000 FTE workers.

Rate of fatal occupational injuries, by industry, 2013 (p)
Industry Rate of fatal occupational injuries (per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers)

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

22.2

Transportation and warehousing

13.1

Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction

12.3

Construction

9.4

Wholesale trade

5.1

Total (all industries)

3.2

Professional and business services

2.6

Other services (exc. public admin.)

2.6

Utilities

2.4

Government

2.0

Manufacturing

2.0

Retail trade

1.8

Leisure and hospitality

1.8

Information

1.4

Financial activities

0.9

Educational and health services

0.7
Footnotes:

(p) Preliminary

The mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction industry and the transportation and warehousing industry both had fatal occupational injury rates above 10.0 per 100,000 FTE workers. The rate in the construction industry was 9.4.

The industries with the lowest fatal occupational industry rates (all lower than 2.0 fatal occupational injuries per 100,000 FTE workers) were retail trade, leisure and hospitality, information, financial activities, and educational and health services. 

The occupations with the highest fatal occupational injury rates are logging workers (91.3), fishers and related fishing workers (75.0), aircraft pilots and flight engineers (50.6), roofers (38.7), and refuse and recyclable material collectors (33.0). The rates in these occupations are all over 10 times higher than the national rate of 3.2 fatal occupational injuries per 100,000 FTE workers. 

Rate of fatal occupational injuries for occupations with high fatal work injury rates, 2013(p)
Occupation Rate of fatal occupational injuries (per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers)

Logging workers

91.3

Fishers and related fishing workers

75.0

Aircraft pilots and flight engineers

50.6

Roofers

38.7

Refuse and recyclable material collectors

33.0

Mining machine operators

26.9

Driver/sales workers and truck drivers

22.0

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

21.8

Electrical power-line installers and repairers

21.5

Construction laborers

17.7

Total (all occupations)

3.2
Footnotes:

(p) Preliminary

These data are from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), which is part of the BLS Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities program. Data for 2013 are preliminary. To learn more, see "National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2013 (Preliminary Results)" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-14-1674. Rates by industry include all workers in an industry, regardless of their occupation. Rates for specific occupations include all workers in that occupation, which may include workers in more than one industry.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Highest fatal injury rate (22.2 per 100,000) in agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, 2013 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2014/ted_20140915.htm (visited August 20, 2019).

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