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13-2382-CHI
Friday, December 27, 2013

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Fatal Work Injuries in Illinois — 2012

Fatal work injuries totaled 145 in 2012 for Illinois, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Charlene Peiffer noted that while the 2012 count was preliminary, the number of work-related fatalities in Illinois declined by 32 over the year. Fatal occupational injuries in the state have ranged from a high of 262 in 1996 to this year’s low of 145. Over the last two years, the number of fatalities has trended downward, declining by 61 since 2010. (See chart 1.)

Nationwide, a preliminary total of 4,383 fatal work injuries were recorded in 2012, down from a revised count of 4,693 fatalities in 2011, according to results from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) program. Final 2012 CFOI data will be released in spring 2014.

Of the 145 fatal work injuries reported in Illinois in 2012, 52 resulted from transportation incidents and 32 from violence and other injuries by persons or animals; along with falls, slips, and trips (24), these major categories accounted for three-quarters of all fatal work injuries. Other major event categories each reported less than 20 deaths. (See table 1.) Within transportation incidents, roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicles was the most frequent type of workplace fatality with 25 deaths. The second largest event in transportation incidents, pedestrian vehicular incidents, accounted for 17 fatalities. In the violence and other injuries by persons or animals category, 16 deaths were homicides and 14 were suicides. (Note that transportation counts presented in this release are expected to rise when updated 2012 data are released in Spring 2014 because key source documentation detailing specific transportation-related incidents has not yet been received.)

In the United States, transportation incidents were also the most frequent fatal workplace event in 2012, accounting for 41 percent of fatal work injuries. Illinois’s 36-percent share of on-the-job fatalities due to this event was lower than the nationwide share. (See chart 2.) Violence and other injuries was the second most frequent type of event nationally, with 17 percent of work-related fatalities, 5 percentage points lower than the share in Illinois. Contact with objects or equipment (16 percent) and falls, slips, and trips (15 percent) were the third and fourth most frequent events, respectively, in the nation.

Additional key characteristics:

  • The transportation and warehousing industry sector had the largest number of fatalities in the state with 32, unchanged from the previous year. (See table 2.) Transportation incidents accounted for 16 of the worker deaths, while 5 fatalities were due to violence and other injuries by persons or animals.
  • The manufacturing industry had the second highest fatality count with 17, up from 13 in 2011. Falls, slips, and trips accounted for five worker deaths in this sector.
  • Transportation and material moving occupations had the highest number of fatal work injuries with 45. (See table 3.) The majority of these fatalities were heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers (26). Workers in construction and extraction occupations had the next highest fatality count at 27.
  • Men accounted for 134, or 92 percent, of the work-related fatalities in the state. (See table 4.) Transportation incidents made up just over 1 out of every 3 of these fatalities.
  • In Illinois, 72 percent of those who died from a workplace injury were white non-Hispanics. Nationwide, this group accounted for 68 percent of work-related deaths.
  • Workers 25-54 years old—the prime working age group—accounted for 93, or 64 percent, of the state’s work-related fatalities in 2012. Nationally, workers in this group accounted for 59 percent of on-the-job fatalities.
  • Of the 145 persons that suffered fatal work injuries in Illinois, 80 percent worked for wages and salaries; the remaining were self-employed. The most frequent fatal event for wage and salary workers was transportation incidents; for the self-employed it was violence and other injuries by persons or animals.

Technical Note

Background of the program. The Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, part of the BLS occupational safety and health statistics program, compiles a count of all fatal work injuries occurring in the United States during the calendar year. The program uses diverse state, federal, and independent data sources to identify, verify, and describe fatal work injuries. This assures counts are as complete and accurate as possible.

For technical information about the CFOI program, please go to the BLS Handbook of Methods on the BLS web site at www.bls.gov/opub/hom/homch9.htm.

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. The Bureau of Labor Statistics appreciates the efforts of all federal, state, local, and private sector entities that submitted source documents used to identify fatal work injuries, in particular the Illinois Department of Public Health.

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, Illinois, 2011-2012
Event or exposure(1)20112012(p)
NumberNumberPercent

Total

177145100

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals

443222

Intentional injury by person

433021

Intentional injury by other person

291611

Shooting by other person--intentional

24128

Hitting, kicking, beating, shoving

143

Self-inflicted injury--intentional

141410

Hanging, strangulation, asphyxiation--intentional self-harm

464

Transportation incidents

545236

Aircraft incidents

253

Other in-flight crash

153

Other in-flight crash into structure, object, or ground

143

Pedestrian vehicular incident

101712

Pedestrian struck by vehicle in work zone

243

Pedestrian struck by vehicle on side of road

--53

Pedestrian struck by forward-moving vehicle on side of road

--43

Pedestrian struck by vehicle in nonroadway area

453

Roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicle

252517

Roadway collision with other vehicle

151812

Roadway collision--moving in same direction

553

Roadway collision--moving in opposite directions, oncoming

343

Roadway collision--moving perpendicularly

543

Fires and Explosions

486

Explosions

--53

Falls, slips, trips

292417

Falls on same level

453

Falls to lower level

251812

Other fall to lower level

221611

Other fall to lower level less than 6 feet

143

Exposure to harmful substances or environments

25107

Exposure to other harmful substances

1196

Nonmedical use of drugs or alcohol--unintentional overdose

675

Contact with objects and equipment

201712

Struck by object or equipment

101410

Struck by powered vehicle--nontransport

696

Struck or run over by rolling powered vehicle

--53

Footnotes:
(1) Based on the BLS Occupational Injury and Illness Classification System (OIICS) 2.01 implemented for 2011 data forward. Total may include other events not shown.
(p) Data are preliminary. Revised and final 2012 data are scheduled to be released in Spring 2014.
 

NOTE: Totals for major categories may include subcategories not shown separately. Percentages may not add to totals because of rounding. CFOI fatality 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.
 

Table 2. Fatal occupational injuries by industry, Illinois, 2011-2012
Industry(1)20112012(p)
NumberNumberPercent

Total

177145100

Private industry

16112989

Natural resources and mining

22128

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

2296

Crop production

1796

Construction

211611

Construction

211611

Heavy and civil engineering construction

--64

Highway, street, and bridge construction

--53

Specialty trade contractors

1586

Foundation, structure, and building exterior contractors

753

Roofing contractors

443

Manufacturing

131712

Manufacturing

131712

Food manufacturing

143

Grain and oilseed milling

--43

Transportation equipment manufacturing

--43

Trade, transportation, and utilities

534430

Retail trade

12107

Transportation and warehousing

323222

Truck transportation

212316

General freight trucking

9107

General freight trucking, long-distance

364

Specialized freight trucking

12139

Specialized freight (except used goods) trucking, local

143

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

1196

Financial activities

475

Real estate and rental and leasing

--64

Real estate

--64

Professional and business services

17107

Administrative and waste services

--75

Waste management and remediation services

343

Waste collection

--43

Waste collection

--43

Solid waste collection

--43

Educational and health services

8107

Health care and social assistance

696

Hospitals

243

General medical and surgical hospitals

243

Leisure and hospitality

1186

Accommodation and food services

753

Food services and drinking places

743

Government(2)

161611

Local government

12128

Footnotes:
(1) Industry data are based on the North American Industry Classification System, 2007. Total may include other industries not shown.
(2) Includes fatal injuries to workers employed by governmental organizations regardless of industry.
(p) Data are preliminary. Revised and final 2012 data are scheduled to be released in Spring 2014.
 

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.
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.
 

Table 3. Fatal occupational injuries by occupation, Illinois, 2011-2012
Occupation(1)20112012(p)
NumberNumberPercent

Total

177145100

Management occupations

26107

Other management occupations

2296

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

1353

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

1353

Architecture and engineering occupations

--43

Engineers

--43

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations

--53

Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations

343

Health diagnosing and treating practitioners

243

Protective service occupations

1264

Sales and related occupations

996

Office and administrative support occupations

343

Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations

743

Agricultural workers

743

Miscellaneous agricultural workers

743

Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse

743

Construction and extraction occupations

202719

Construction trades workers

182014

Construction laborers

386

Construction laborers

386

Roofers

343

Roofers

343

Other construction and related workers

--43

Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

1464

Other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

1043

Production occupations

896

Other production occupations

343

Transportation and material moving occupations

474531

Motor vehicle operators

313021

Driver/sales workers and truck drivers

262819

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

242618

Material moving workers

1196

Laborers and material movers, hand

1143

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

1143

Footnotes:
(1) Occupation data are based on the Standard Occupational Classification system, 2010. Total may include occupations not shown.
(p) Data are preliminary. Revised and final 2012 data are scheduled to be released in Spring 2014.
 

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.
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.
 

Table 4. Fatal occupational injuries by worker characteristics, Illinois, 2011-2012
Worker characteristics20112012(p)
NumberNumberPercent

Total

177145100
Employee status   

Wage and salary(1)

13611680

Self-employed(2)

412920
Gender   

Men

15313492

Women

24118
Age(3)   

20 to 24 years

796

25 to 34 years

291712

35 to 44 years

453021

45 to 54 years

404632

55 to 64 years

282316

65 years and over

241812
Race or ethnic origin(4)   

White, non-Hispanic

12810472

Black or African-American, non-Hispanic

211812

Hispanic or Latino

251913

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) Information may not be available for all age groups.
(4) Persons identified as Hispanic or Latino may be of any race. The race categories shown exclude Hispanic and Latino workers.
(p) Data are preliminary. Revised and final 2012 data are scheduled to be released in Spring 2014.
 

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.
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.
 

 

Last Modified Date: Friday, December 27, 2013