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13-2388-CHI
Friday, December 27, 2013

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Fatal Work Injuries in Iowa — 2012

Fatal work injuries totaled 84 in 2012 for Iowa, 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 Iowa declined by nine over the year. Fatal occupational injuries in the state have ranged from a high of 110 in 1992 to a low of 54 in 1995. Over the last 10 years, the annual average number of fatalities was 84. (See chart 1.)

Nationwide, a preliminary total of 4,383 fatal work injuries were recorded in the United States in 2012, down from a revised count of 4,693 fatal work injuries 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 84 fatal work injuries reported in Iowa in 2012, 44 resulted from transportation incidents and 19 from contact with objects and equipment; together these two major categories accounted for three-quarters of all fatal work injuries. Other major event categories each reported less than 10 deaths. (See table 1.) Within transportation incidents, roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicles was the most frequent type of workplace fatality with 25 deaths; in fact, it accounted for nearly one-third of all on-the-job fatalities in the state. The second largest event in transportation incidents, nonroadway incidents involving motorized land vehicles, accounted for 14 fatalities. In the contact with objects and equipment category, 14 deaths occurred from being struck by an object or equipment. (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. However, Iowa’s 52-percent share of on-the-job fatalities due to this event was much larger the nationwide share. (See chart 2.) Violence and other injuries by persons or animals was the second most frequent type of event nationally, with 17 percent of work-related fatalities, 11 percentage points higher than the share in Iowa. 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 agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting industry sector had the largest number of fatalities in the state with 30, compared to 27 the previous year. (See table 2.) Transportation incidents accounted for 19 of the worker deaths, while 8 fatalities were due to contact with objects and equipment.
  • The construction industry and the transportation and warehousing industry had the second highest fatality count with 13 each. Transportation incidents accounted for five worker deaths in both sectors.
  • Management occupations had the highest number of fatal work injuries with 26. (See table 3.) The majority of these fatalities were farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers (23). Workers in transportation and material moving occupations had the next highest fatality count at 23.
  • Men accounted for 78, or 93 percent, of the work-related fatalities in the state. (See table 4.) Transportation incidents made up over one-half of these fatalities.
  • In Iowa, 93 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 42, or 50 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 84 persons that suffered fatal work injuries in Iowa, 57 percent worked for wages and salaries; the remaining were self-employed. The most frequent fatal event for both groups was transportation incidents.

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 Iowa Division of Labor Services.

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

Total

9384100

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals

1156

Intentional injury by person

845

Intentional injury by other person

422

Shooting by other person--intentional

--22

Transportation incidents

554452

Aircraft incidents

122

Pedestrian vehicular incident

934

Pedestrian struck by vehicle in nonroadway area

222

Pedestrian struck by forward-moving vehicle in nonroadway area

122

Roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicle

292530

Roadway collision with other vehicle

1356

Roadway collision with object other than vehicle

645

Vehicle struck object or animal on side of roadway

634

Roadway noncollision incident

101619

Jack-knifed or overturned, roadway

101518

Nonroadway incident involving motorized land vehicles

141417

Nonroadway noncollision incident

131214

Jack-knifed or overturned, nonroadway

121113

Falls, slips, trips

7911

Falls on same level

122

Falls to lower level

578

Other fall to lower level

478

Other fall to lower level 6 to 10 feet

--34

Other fall to lower level 11 to 15 feet

--45

Exposure to harmful substances or environments

245

Exposure to electricity

122

Contact with objects and equipment

161923

Struck by object or equipment

71417

Struck by powered vehicle--nontransport

31012

Caught between rolling powered vehicle and other object

134

Struck or run over by rolling powered vehicle

--45

Struck by falling object or equipment--other than powered vehicle

334

Caught in or compressed by equipment or objects

545

Caught in running equipment or machinery

534

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, Iowa, 2011-2012
Industry(1)20112012(p)
NumberNumberPercent

Total

9384100

Private industry

838399

Natural resources and mining

283137

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

273036

Crop production

192125

Animal production

767

Cattle ranching and farming

745

Dairy cattle and milk production

122

Support activities for agriculture and forestry

122

Construction

151315

Construction

151315

Construction of buildings

445

Nonresidential building construction

422

Heavy and civil engineering construction

367

Highway, street, and bridge construction

145

Highway, street, and bridge construction

145

Specialty trade contractors

634

Manufacturing

656

Trade, transportation, and utilities

232327

Wholesale trade

445

Merchant wholesalers, durable goods

--34

Machinery, equipment, and supplies merchant wholesalers

--22

Retail trade

267

General merchandise stores

--34

Other general merchandise stores

--22

Warehouse clubs and supercenters

--22

Transportation and warehousing

161315

Rail transportation

322

Rail transportation

322

Rail transportation

322

Line-haul railroads

322

Truck transportation

91113

General freight trucking

767

General freight trucking, local

--22

General freight trucking, long-distance

634

General freight trucking, long-distance, truckload

422

Specialized freight trucking

256

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

--56

Professional and business services

322

Administrative and waste services

--22

Administrative and support services

--22

Educational and health services

134

Health care and social assistance

122

Nursing and residential care facilities

--22

Leisure and hospitality

222

Arts, entertainment, and recreation

--22

Performing arts, spectator sports, and related industries

--22

Footnotes:
(1) Industry data are based on the North American Industry Classification System, 2007. Total may include other industries 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 3. Fatal occupational injuries by occupation, Iowa, 2011-2012
Occupation(1)20112012(p)
NumberNumberPercent

Total

9384100

Management occupations

282631

Other management occupations

252530

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

232327

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

232327

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations

322

Sales and related occupations

356

Retail sales workers

--34

Retail salespersons

--34

Retail salespersons

--34

Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations

367

Agricultural workers

356

Miscellaneous agricultural workers

356

Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse

--45

Construction and extraction occupations

18911

Construction trades workers

12810

Construction laborers

445

Construction laborers

445

Construction equipment operators

122

Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators

122

Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

478

Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers

145

Heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians and mechanics

--22

Other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

322

Production occupations

122

Transportation and material moving occupations

202327

Air transportation workers

122

Aircraft pilots and flight engineers

122

Commercial pilots

122

Motor vehicle operators

151619

Driver/sales workers and truck drivers

141619

Driver/sales workers

--34

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

141315

Material moving workers

134

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, Iowa, 2011-2012
Worker characteristics20112012(p)
NumberNumberPercent

Total

9384100
Employee status   

Wage and salary(1)

564857

Self-employed(2)

373643
Gender   

Men

827893

Women

1167
Age(3)   

Under 16 years

122

20 to 24 years

311

25 to 34 years

131417

35 to 44 years

141113

45 to 54 years

251720

55 to 64 years

131518

65 years and over

222226
Race or ethnic origin(4)   

White, non-Hispanic

897893

Hispanic or Latino

322

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