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17-459-PHI
Thursday, April 20, 2017

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Fatal Work Injuries in Virginia — 2015

Fatal work injuries totaled 106 in 2015 for Virginia, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Sheila Watkins, the Bureau’s regional commissioner, noted that the number of work-related fatalities in Virginia decreased by 10 from the previous year and was the lowest level on record. Fatal occupational injuries in the state have ranged from a high of 186 in 2005 to a low of 106 in 2015. (See chart 1.)

Nationwide, a total of 4,836 fatal work injuries were recorded in 2015, a slight increase from the 4,821 fatal injuries in 2014, according to the results from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) program.

Type of incident

In Virginia, transportation incidents resulted in 36 fatal work injuries while falls, trips, or slips and contact with objects and equipment each accounted for 20 fatalities. These three major categories accounted for 72 percent of all workplace fatalities in the state. (See table 1.) The number of worker deaths from transportation incidents decreased from 52 over the year while worker fatalities due to falls, trips, or slips and contact with objects and equipment both increased slightly.

Exposure to harmful substances or environments was the fourth-most frequent fatal work event with 15 fatalities, more than double the count for 2014, followed by violence and other injures by persons or animals with 13. Seven of the exposure to harmful substances or environments fatalities were the result of unintentional overdoses at work, while homicides and suicides each accounted for six of the deaths within violence and other injures by persons or animals. Nationally, transportation incidents was the most frequent fatal workplace event in 2015, accounting for approximately 42 percent of fatal work injuries. (See chart 2.) Falls, slips, or trips was the second-most frequent type of event, with 17 percent of work-related fatalities, followed by contact with objects and equipment (15 percent) and violence and other injuries by persons or animals (15 percent).

Industry

The private construction industry sector had the largest number of fatalities in Virginia with 25. (See table 2.) Falls, slips, or trips was the most frequent fatal event in the construction sector with 12 worker deaths, followed by exposure to harmful substances or environments with 7 fatalities. Sixty-eight percent of those fatally injured in this sector worked in specialty trade contracting.

The private transportation and warehousing sector had 18 workplace fatalities, lower than count in the previous year (25 worker deaths). Long-distance general freight trucking accounted for half of the fatal injuries in this industry.

Occupation

Transportation and material moving occupations and construction and extraction occupations had the highest number of workplace fatalities with 29 and 20, respectively. (See table 3.) The majority of the fatalities within the transportation and material moving group were heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers, with 22 worker deaths. Construction trades workers accounted for 17 of the 20 fatalities among construction and extraction workers.

Contracted Workers

A contracted worker is defined as a worker employed by one firm but working at the behest of another firm that exercises overall responsibility for the operations at the site of the fatal injury. In 2015, Virginia had 13 fatally-injured workers identified as fitting the contracted worker criteria; of those, 5 were the result of falls to a lower level and 3 were the result of exposure to electricity.

Additional highlights:

  • Men accounted for 92 percent of the work-related fatalities in Virginia, similar to the 93-percent national share. (See table 4.) Transportation incidents made up 34 percent of the fatalities for men in Virginia.
  • White, non-Hispanic workers accounted for 74 percent of those who died from a workplace injury. Nationwide, this group accounted for 67 percent of work-related deaths.
  • Workers 25-54 years old accounted for 58 percent of the state’s work-related fatalities in 2015, similar to the national share of 57 percent.
  • Of the 106 fatally-injured workers in Virginia, 76 percent worked for wages and salaries; the remainder were self-employed. The most frequent fatal event for both groups of workers was transportation incidents.

Change in the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) News Release Schedule

Beginning with the 2015 reference year, CFOI will publish a single, annual release with no revisions. A similar schedule will be followed in subsequent years. Preliminary releases, which normally appeared in August or September in past years, will no longer be produced.


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 the 2015 data, over 21,400 unique source documents were reviewed as part of the data collection process. 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 Virginia Department of Labor and Industry 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. Among these agencies are the Occupational Safety and Health Administration; the National Transportation Safety Board; the U.S. Coast Guard; the Mine Safety and Health Administration; the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (Federal Employees' Compensation and Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation divisions); the Federal Railroad Administration; the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; state vital statistics registrars, coroners, and medical examiners; state departments of health, labor, and industrial relations and workers' compensation agencies; state and local police departments; and state farm bureaus.

Information in this release is available to sensory-impaired individuals. Voice phone: (202) 691-5200; Federal Relay Service: (800) 877-8339.

Table 1. Fatal occupational injuries by event or exposure, Virginia, 2014-15
Event or exposure (1)20142015
NumberNumberPercent

Total

116106100

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals

201312

Intentional injury by person

201211

Homicides

1466

Shooting by other person—intentional

1133

Stabbing, cutting, slashing, piercing

-22

Strangulation by other person

111

Suicides

666

Shooting—intentional self-harm

333

Transportation incidents

523634

Rail vehicle incidents

111

Pedestrian struck by rail vehicle—transportation incident

111

Roadway incident involving motorized land vehicle

322725

Roadway collision with other vehicle

1055

Roadway collision moving in opposite directions, oncoming

-33

Roadway collision with object other than vehicle

181817

Vehicle struck object or animal on side of roadway

171817

Roadway noncollision incident

444

Jack-knifed or overturned, roadway

-44

Nonroadway incident involving motorized land vehicle

677

Nonroadway collision with object other than vehicle

333

Nonroadway noncollision incident

322

Jack-knifed or overturned, nonroadway

-22

Fall, slip, trip

182019

Fall to lower level

151716

Other fall to lower level

121615

Other fall to lower level 11 to 15 feet

-33

Other fall to lower level 16 to 20 feet

-11

Other fall to lower level 26 to 30 feet

155

Other fall to lower level more than 30 feet

133

Fall or jump curtailed by personal fall arrest system

-11

Exposure to harmful substances or environments

71514

Exposure to electricity

333

Indirect exposure to electricity

111

Indirect exposure to electricity, greater than 220 volts

111

Exposure to temperature extremes

-33

Exposure to environmental heat

-33

Exposure to other harmful substances

377

Nonmedical use of drugs or alcohol unintentional overdose

-77

Exposure to oxygen deficiency

-22

Drowning, submersion, n.e.c.

-22

Contact with objects and equipment

192019

Struck by object or equipment

151514

Struck by powered vehicle nontransport

533

Struck by falling part of powered vehicle still attached

-33

Struck by falling object or equipment

888

Struck by discharged or flying object

111

Struck by dislodged flying object, particle

111

Injured by handheld object or equipment

-22

Injured by slipping or swinging object held by injured worker

-22

Caught in or compressed by equipment or objects

433

Caught in running equipment or machinery

433

Caught in running equipment or machinery during regular operation

-33

Struck, caught, or crushed in collapsing structure, equipment, or material

-11

Engulfment in other collapsing material

-11

Footnotes:
(1) Based on the BLS Occupational Injury and Illness Classification System (OIICS) 2.01 implemented for 2011 data forward.

Note: Data for all years are revised and final. Totals for major categories may include subcategories not shown separately. Percentages may not add to totals because of rounding. CFOI fatal injury counts exclude illness-related deaths unless precipitated by an injury event. Dashes indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.

Table 2. Fatal occupational injuries by industry, Virginia, 2014-15
Industry (1)20142015
NumberNumberPercent

Total

116106100

Private industry

10010094

Goods producing

434946

Natural resources and mining

111312

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

8109

Crop production

-22

Other crop farming

-11

Tobacco farming

-11

Animal production and aquaculture

322

Cattle ranching and farming

122

Dairy cattle and milk production

111

Forestry and logging

-55

Logging

-55

Logging

-55

Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (2)

333

Mining (except oil and gas)

333

Coal mining

211

Coal mining

211

Bituminous coal and lignite surface mining

-11

Nonmetallic mineral mining and quarrying

122

Stone mining and quarrying

-22

Crushed and broken granite mining and quarrying

-22

Construction

242524

Construction of buildings

544

Residential building construction

333

Residential building construction

333

Residential remodelers

111

Heavy and civil engineering construction

344

Utility system construction

133

Water and sewer line and related structures construction

111

Power and communication line and related structures construction

-22

Highway, street, and bridge construction

-11

Highway, street, and bridge construction

-11

Specialty trade contractors

151716

Foundation, structure, and building exterior contractors

377

Masonry contractors

111

Nonresidential masonry contractors

-11

Roofing contractors

-66

Residential roofing contractors

-33

Building equipment contractors

455

Nonresidential plumbing, heating, and air-conditioning contractors

-11

Finish carpentry contractors

-11

Other specialty trade contractors

633

Site preparation contractors

333

Nonresidential site preparation contractors

-22

Manufacturing

81110

Wood product manufacturing

211

Sawmills and wood preservation

211

Sawmills and wood preservation

211

Sawmills

211

Paper manufacturing

---

Converted paper product manufacturing

---

Paperboard container manufacturing

---

Corrugated and solid fiber box manufacturing

-11

Plastics and rubber products manufacturing

-33

Rubber product manufacturing

-33

Tire manufacturing

-22

Tire manufacturing (except retreading)

-22

Primary metal manufacturing

-11

Alumina and aluminum production and processing

-11

Alumina and aluminum production and processing

-11

Aluminum sheet, plate, and foil manufacturing

-11

Transportation equipment manufacturing

111

Ship and boat building

111

Ship and boat building

111

Ship building and repairing

-11

Service providing

575148

Trade, transportation, and utilities

342322

Wholesale trade

311

Merchant wholesalers, durable goods

311

Machinery, equipment, and supplies merchant wholesalers

-11

Construction and mining (except oil well) machinery and equipment merchant wholesalers

111

Retail trade

644

Motor vehicle and parts dealers

122

Automobile dealers

-11

Used car dealers

-11

Other motor vehicle dealers

-11

Motorcycle, boat, and other motor vehicle dealers

-11

Boat dealers

-11

Transportation and warehousing

251817

Truck transportation

171514

General freight trucking

121211

General freight trucking, local

-33

General freight trucking, long-distance

1098

Specialized freight trucking

533

Couriers and messengers

-11

Couriers and express delivery services

-11

Couriers and express delivery services

-11

Information

-33

Broadcasting (except internet)

-22

Radio and television broadcasting

-22

Television broadcasting

-22

Telecommunications

-11

Wired telecommunications carriers

-11

Wired telecommunications carriers

-11

Financial activities

-11

Real estate and rental and leasing

-11

Real estate

-11

Lessors of real estate

-11

Lessors of miniwarehouses and self-storage units

-11

Professional and business services

121110

Administrative and support and waste management and remediation services

10109

Administrative and support services

1098

Services to buildings and dwellings

977

Landscaping services

877

Educational and health services

-11

Health care and social assistance

-11

Nursing and residential care facilities

-11

Nursing care facilities (skilled nursing facilities)

-11

Nursing care facilities (skilled nursing facilities)

-11

Leisure and hospitality

698

Arts, entertainment, and recreation

1--

Amusement, gambling, and recreation industries

---

Other amusement and recreation industries

-11

Accommodation and food services

577

Food services and drinking places

555

Restaurants and other eating places

355

Restaurants and other eating places

355

Full-service restaurants

133

Limited-service restaurants

111

Snack and nonalcoholic beverage bars

111

Other services, except public administration

333

Repair and maintenance

1--

Automotive repair and maintenance

-11

Automotive body, paint, interior, and glass repair

-11

Automotive body, paint, and interior repair and maintenance

-11

Personal and laundry services

-11

Personal care services

-11

Hair, nail, and skin care services

-11

Barber shops

-11

Government (3)

1666

Federal government

1122

Service providing

1122

Public administration

1122

National security and international affairs

1122

National security and international affairs

1122

National security

1122

State government

-22

Service providing

-22

Public administration

-22

Justice, public order, and safety activities

-22

Justice, public order, and safety activities

-22

Police protection

-11

Correctional institutions

-11

Local government

5--

Service providing

5--

Public administration

411

Justice, public order, and safety activities

311

Justice, public order, and safety activities

311

Police protection

311

Footnotes:
(1) Industry data are based on the North American Industry Classification System, 2012.
(2) Includes fatal injuries at all establishments categorized as Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (Sector 21) in the North American Industry Classification System, including establishments not governed by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) rules and reporting, such as those in Oil and Gas Extraction.
(3) Includes fatal injuries to workers employed by governmental organizations regardless of industry.

Note: Data for all years are revised and final. Totals for major categories may include subcategories not shown separately. Percentages may not add to totals because of rounding. CFOI fatal injury counts exclude illness-related deaths unless precipitated by an injury event. Dashes indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.

Table 3. Fatal occupational injuries by occupation, Virginia, 2014-15
Occupation (1)20142015
NumberNumberPercent

Total

116106100

Management, business, science, and arts occupations

12109

Management, business, and financial occupations

855

Management occupations

655

Other management occupations

655

Agricultural managers

333

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

333

Professional and related occupations

455

Architecture and engineering occupations

---

Drafters, engineering, and mapping technicians

-11

Engineering technicians, except drafters

-11

Education, legal, community service, arts, and media occupations

-22

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations

-22

Media and communication workers

-11

News analysts, reporters and correspondents

-11

Reporters and correspondents

-11

Media and communication equipment workers

-11

Photographers

-11

Photographers

-11

Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations

111

Health diagnosing and treating practitioners

-11

Registered nurses

-11

Registered nurses

-11

Service occupations

161716

Protective service occupations

444

Law enforcement workers

322

Detectives and criminal investigators

-11

Detectives and criminal investigators

-11

Police officers

311

Police and sheriff's patrol officers

311

Food preparation and serving related occupations

233

Supervisors, food preparation and serving workers

133

First-line supervisors/managers, food preparation and serving workers

133

First-line supervisors of food preparation and serving workers

133

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations

988

Grounds maintenance workers

777

Grounds maintenance workers

777

Landscaping and groundskeeping workers

-33

Tree trimmers and pruners

644

Personal care and service occupations

122

Supervisors, personal care and service workers

-11

First-line supervisors/managers of personal service workers

-11

First-line supervisors of personal service workers

-11

Personal appearance workers

-11

Barbers and cosmetologists

-11

Barbers

-11

Sales and office occupations

744

Sales and related occupations

5--

Supervisors, sales workers

411

First-line supervisors/managers, sales workers

411

First-line supervisors of retail sales workers

411

Office and administrative support occupations

2--

Supervisors of office and administrative support workers

-11

First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers

-11

First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers

-11

Natural resources, construction, and maintenance occupations

323634

Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations

455

Forest, conservation, and logging workers

-33

Logging workers

-33

Fallers

-33

Construction and extraction occupations

212019

Construction trades workers

131716

Construction laborers

333

Construction laborers

333

Electricians

333

Electricians

333

Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

-11

Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

-11

Roofers

-66

Roofers

-66

Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

71110

Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers

455

Heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians and mechanics

-33

Other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

355

Line installers and repairers

-33

Electrical power-line installers and repairers

-11

Telecommunications line installers and repairers

-22

Production, transportation, and material moving occupations

393735

Production occupations

488

Machinists

-11

Machinists

-11

Other production occupations

-66

Crushing, grinding, polishing, mixing, and blending workers

-11

Crushing, grinding, and polishing machine setters, operators, and tenders

-11

Miscellaneous production workers

-44

Tire builders

-22

Transportation and material moving occupations

352927

Motor vehicle operators

302725

Driver/sales workers and truck drivers

272423

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

242221

Material moving workers

---

Industrial truck and tractor operators

-11

Industrial truck and tractor operators

-11

Military occupations (2)

1022

Footnotes:
(1) Occupation data are based on the Standard Occupational Classification system, 2010.
(2) Includes fatal injuries to persons identified as resident armed forces regardless of individual occupation listed.

Note: Data for all years are revised and final. Totals for major categories may include subcategories not shown separately. Percentages may not add to totals because of rounding. CFOI fatal injury counts exclude illness-related deaths unless precipitated by an injury event. Dashes indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.

Table 4. Fatal occupational injuries by worker characteristics, Virginia, 2014-15
Worker characteristics20142015
NumberNumberPercent

Total

116106100

Employee status

 

Wage and salary workers (1)

928176

Self-employed (2)

242524

Gender

 

Women

688

Men

1109892

Age

 

18 to 19 years

-33

20 to 24 years

1498

25 to 34 years

171716

35 to 44 years

192120

45 to 54 years

262322

55 to 64 years

272221

65 years and over

121110

Race or ethnic origin (3)

 

White (non-Hispanic)

837874

Black or African-American (non-Hispanic)

211817

Hispanic or Latino

998

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) Persons identified as Hispanic or Latino may be of any race. The race categories shown exclude data for Hispanics and Latinos.

Note: Data for all years are revised and final. Totals for major categories may include subcategories not shown separately. Percentages may not add to totals because of rounding. CFOI fatal injury counts exclude illness-related deaths unless precipitated by an injury event. Dashes indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.

 

Last Modified Date: Thursday, April 20, 2017