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Thursday, January 21, 2016

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Fatal Work Injuries in the Pittsburgh Area — 2014

Fatal work injuries totaled 18 in 2014 for the Pittsburgh, Pa. Metropolitan Statistical Area, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Sheila Watkins, the Bureau’s regional commissioner, noted that while the 2014 count was preliminary, the number of work-related fatalities in the Pittsburgh area declined by 11 over the year. Since area data first became available in 2003, fatal occupational injuries in the area ranged from a high of 45 in 2008 to a low of 18 in 2014. (See chart 1.)

Nationwide, a preliminary total of 4,679 fatal work injuries were recorded in 2014, up from the revised count of 4,585 fatal work injuries in 2013, according to the results from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) program. Final 2014 CFOI data will be released in the late spring of 2016.

 

Of the 18 fatal work injuries reported in the Pittsburgh area in 2014, transportation incidents and falls, slips, or trips each accounted for 6 fatal work injuries. Over the year, workplace fatalities resulting from transportation incidents decreased from seven to six, while the number of fatalities from falls, slips, or trips was unchanged from 2013. (See table 1.) Violence and other injuries by persons or animals accounted for four fatal work injuries in 2014, a decrease from the seven fatal injuries reported in 2013.

Within transportation incidents, roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicles was the most frequent type of workplace fatality in the Pittsburgh area with four deaths. Falls to a lower level accounted for 4 of the 6 fatalities in the falls, slips, or trips category. Homicides was the most frequent event within violence and other injuries by person or animals, accounting for 2 of the 4 worker deaths. (Note that roadway incident counts presented are expected to rise when updated 2014 data are released in the late spring of 2016 because key source documentation detailing specific transportation-related incidents has not yet been received.)

In the United States, transportation incidents was the most frequent fatal workplace event in 2014, accounting for 40 percent of fatal work injuries; in Pittsburgh, the area’s share of on-the-job fatalities due to this event was 33 percent. (See chart 2.) Falls, slips, or trips was the second-most frequent event nationally with 17 percent of work-related fatalities; the Pittsburgh area’s share was 33 percent. Violence and other injuries by persons or animals accounted for 16 percent of the nation’s workplace fatalities; in Pittsburgh, this event accounted for 22 percent of total fatalities.

 

Additional highlights:

  • Within private industry, the construction and transportation and warehousing sectors had the largest number of fatalities in the Pittsburgh area with four each in 2014; there were also four workplace fatalities for government workers. (See table 2.) The most frequent fatal event for each of these was transportation incidents.
  • Construction and extraction occupations had the highest number of workplace fatalities in the Pittsburgh area with five. Four of these fatalities were construction trades workers. (See table 3.) Transportation and material moving occupations had the area’s next-highest workplace fatality count with four. Three of these were heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers.
  • Men accounted for 89 percent of the work-related fatalities in the Pittsburgh area, similar to the national share of 92 percent. (See table 4.) Of the 16 fatal work injuries among men in Pittsburgh, transportation incidents accounted for 6.
  • In the Pittsburgh area, 89 percent of those who died from a workplace injury were white non-Hispanics; nationally, this group made up 68 percent of work-related deaths.
  • Workers 25-54 years old—the prime working age group—accounted for 50 percent of the area’s work-related fatalities in 2014, less than the 58-percent share nationwide. In the Pittsburgh area, the single age group with the largest number of fatal injuries was 55-64 years old with 39 percent of the area’s total fatalities.
  • Of the 18 fatally-injured workers in the area, 78 percent worked for wages and salaries; the remainder were self-employed. The most frequent fatal event for wage and salary workers was transportation incidents, while for the self-employed, it was falls, slips, or trips.

Technical Note

Background of the program. The Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), part of the BLS Occupational Safety and Health Statistics (OSHS) program, compiles a count of all fatal work injuries occurring in the U.S. during the calendar year. The CFOI program uses diverse state, federal, and independent data sources to identify, verify, and describe fatal work injuries. This ensures counts are as complete and accurate as possible.

For technical information and definitions for CFOI, please go to the BLS Handbook of Methods on the BLS web site at www.bls.gov/opub/hom/pdf/homch9.pdf.

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. BLS thanks the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation for their efforts in collecting accurate, comprehensive, and useful data on fatal work injuries. BLS also appreciates the efforts of all federal, state, local, and private sector entities that provided source documents used to identify fatal work injuries.

The Pittsburgh, Pa. Metropolitan Statistical Area is composed of Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Washington and Westmoreland Counties in Pennsylvania.

Information in this release will be made available to sensory impaired individuals upon request. Voice phone: (202) 691-5200. Federal Relay Service: (800) 877-8339.

Table 1. Fatal occupational injuries by event or exposure, Pittsburgh, Pa, 2013-14
Event or exposure(1)2013(2)2014(p)
NumberNumberPercent

Total

2918100

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals

7422

Intentional injury by person

7422

Homicides

4211

Shooting by other person--intentional

4211

Suicides

3--

Drug overdose--intentional self-harm

-16

Transportation incidents

7633

Rail vehicle incidents

-16

Pedestrian struck by rail vehicle--transportation incident

-16

Roadway incident involving motorized land vehicle

2422

Roadway collision with other vehicle

1211

Roadway collision moving in same direction

-16

Roadway collision moving perpendicularly

-16

Roadway collision with object other than vehicle

116

Vehicle struck object or animal on side of roadway

116

Roadway noncollision incident

-16

Jack-knifed or overturned, roadway

-16

Fall, slip, trip

6633

Fall to lower level

5422

Fall from collapsing structure or equipment

-16

Fall from collapsing structure or equipment 26 to 30 feet

-16

Fall through surface or existing opening

-16

Fall through surface or existing opening 16 to 20 feet

-16

Other fall to lower level

3--

Other fall to lower level 21 to 25 feet

-16

Exposure to harmful substances or environments

5--

Exposure to electricity

-16

Indirect exposure to electricity

-16

Indirect exposure to electricity, greater than 220 volts

-16

Footnotes:
(1) Based on the BLS Occupational Injury and Illness Classification System (OIICS) 2.01 implemented for 2011 data forward.
(2) Data for 2013 are revised and final.
(p) Data for 2014 are preliminary. Revised and final 2014 data are scheduled to be released spring 2016.
 

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.
 

Table 2. Fatal occupational injuries by industry, Pittsburgh, Pa, 2013-14
Industry(1)2013(2)2014(p)
NumberNumberPercent

Total

2918100

Private industry

271478

Goods producing

10528

Natural resources and mining

1--

Construction

4422

Construction of buildings

-317

Residential building construction

-317

Residential building construction

-317

Residential remodelers

-317

Specialty trade contractors

216

Foundation, structure, and building exterior contractors

-16

Roofing contractors

-16

Residential roofing contractors

-16

Service providing

17950

Trade, transportation, and utilities

10422

Transportation and warehousing

8422

Truck transportation

5317

General freight trucking

3211

General freight trucking, long-distance

3211

General freight trucking, long-distance, truckload

116

General freight trucking, long-distance, less than truckload

-16

Specialized freight trucking

-16

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

-16

Financial activities

-16

Real estate and rental and leasing

-16

Real estate

-16

Lessors of real estate

-16

Lessors of nonresidential buildings (except miniwarehouses)

-16

Professional and business services

4211

Professional, scientific, and technical services

-16

Professional, scientific, and technical services

-16

Scientific research and development services

-16

Research and development in the physical, engineering, and life sciences

-16

Research and development in biotechnology

-16

Administrative and support and waste management and remediation services

316

Administrative and support services

316

Services to buildings and dwellings

316

Landscaping services

-16

Educational and health services

---

Health care and social assistance

---

Social assistance

---

Vocational rehabilitation services

-16

Vocational rehabilitation services

-16

Government(3)

-422

Federal government

-16

Service providing

-16

Public administration

-16

Justice, public order, and safety activities

-16

Justice, public order, and safety activities

-16

Police protection

-16

Local government

-317

Service providing

-317

Professional and business services

-16

Administrative and support and waste management and remediation services

-16

Waste management and remediation services

-16

Waste collection

-16

Waste collection

-16

Solid waste collection

-16

Public administration

-211

Justice, public order, and safety activities

-211

Justice, public order, and safety activities

-211

Police protection

-16

Fire protection

-16

Footnotes:
(1) Industry data for 2013 are based on the North American Industry Classification System, 2007. Industry data for 2014 are based on the North American Classification System, 2012.
(2) Data for 2013 are revised and final.
(3) Includes fatal injuries to workers employed by governmental organizations regardless of industry.
(p) Data for 2014 are preliminary. Revised and final 2014 data are scheduled to be released spring 2016.
 

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.
 

Table 3. Fatal occupational injuries by occupation, Pittsburgh, Pa, 2013-14
Occupation(1)2013(2)2014(p)
NumberNumberPercent

Total

2918100

Management, business, science, and arts occupations

6317

Management, business, and financial occupations

4--

Management occupations

4--

Other management occupations

---

Property, real estate, and community association managers

-16

Property, real estate, and community association managers

-16

Professional and related occupations

-16

Computer, engineering, and science occupations

-16

Life, physical, and social science occupations

-16

Life scientists

-16

Biological scientists

-16

Microbiologists

-16

Service occupations

4633

Protective service occupations

-317

Fire fighting and prevention workers

-16

Firefighters

-16

Firefighters

-16

Law enforcement workers

-211

Police officers

-211

Police and sheriff's patrol officers

-211

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations

4211

Building cleaning and pest control workers

-16

Building cleaning workers

-16

Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners

-16

Grounds maintenance workers

-16

Grounds maintenance workers

-16

Tree trimmers and pruners

-16

Natural resources, construction, and maintenance occupations

6528

Construction and extraction occupations

3528

Supervisors of construction and extraction workers

-16

First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers

-16

First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

-16

Construction trades workers

-422

Roofers

-16

Roofers

-16

Production, transportation, and material moving occupations

12422

Transportation and material moving occupations

10422

Motor vehicle operators

8317

Driver/sales workers and truck drivers

5317

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

4317

Material moving workers

-16

Refuse and recyclable material collectors

-16

Refuse and recyclable material collectors

-16

Footnotes:
(1) Occupation data are based on the Standard Occupational Classification system, 2010. Total may include occupations not shown.
(2) Data for 2013 are revised and final.
(p) Data for 2014 are preliminary. Revised and final 2014 data are scheduled to be released spring 2016.
 

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.
 

Table 4. Fatal occupational injuries by worker characteristics, Pittsburgh, Pa, 2013-14
Characteristic2013(1)2014(p)
NumberNumberPercent

Total

2918100
Employee status   

Wage and salary workers(2)

201478

Self-employed(3)

9422
Gender   

Women

1211

Men

281689
Age(4)   

20 to 24 years

-16

25 to 34 years

216

35 to 44 years

2422

45 to 54 years

12422

55 to 64 years

7739

65 years and over

616
Race or ethnic origin(5)   

White (non-Hispanic)

231689

Footnotes:
(1) Data for 2013 are revised and final.
(2) May include volunteers and workers receiving other types of compensation.
(3) 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.
(4) Information may not be available for all age groups.
(5) Persons identified as Hispanic or Latino may be of any race. The race categories shown exclude Hispanic and Latino workers.
(p) Data for 2014 are preliminary. Revised and final 2014 data are scheduled to be released spring 2016.
 

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.
 

 

Last Modified Date: Thursday, January 21, 2016