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13-2172-CHI
Thursday, November 21, 2013

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Fatal Work Injuries in Michigan — 2012

Fatal work injuries totaled 127 in 2012 for Michigan, 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 Michigan decreased by 14 over the year. Fatal occupational injuries in the state have ranged from a high of 182 in 1999 to a low of 94 in 2009. (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 127 fatal work injuries reported in Michigan in 2012, 42 resulted from transportation incidents and 40 from violence and other injuries by persons or animals. Together, these two major categories accounted for nearly two-thirds of all workplace fatalities. Other major event categories each reported 21 or fewer deaths. (See table 1.) Within transportation incidents, roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicles was the most frequent type of workplace fatality with 27 deaths; in fact, it accounted for 21 percent of all on-the-job fatalities in the state. In the violence and other injuries by persons or animals category, intentional injury by person resulted in 38 fatal work injuries. (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. Michigan’s 33-percent share of on-the-job fatalities due to this event was smaller than 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, 14 percentage points lower than the share in Michigan. 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 construction industry sector had the largest number of fatalities in the state with 18, down from 23 the previous year. (See table 2.) Within this industry, falls, slips, and trips and violence and other injuries by persons or animals each accounted for five worker deaths.
  • The agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting industry had the second highest fatality count with 16, a decrease of 9 over the year. Contact with objects and equipment and transportation incidents each accounted for six worker deaths in this sector.
  • Management occupations had the highest number of fatal work injuries with 22. (See table 3.) Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers recorded nine of these fatalities. Workers in construction and extraction occupations along with transportation and material moving occupations had the next highest fatality count at 20 each.
  • Men accounted for 117, or 92 percent, of the work-related fatalities in the state. (See table 4.) Violence and other injuries by persons or animals made up one-third of these fatalities.
  • In Michigan, 77 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 78, or 61 percent, of the state’s work-related fatalities in 2012. Workers in this group nationally accounted for 59 percent of on-the-job fatalities
  • Of the 127 workers that suffered fatal work injuries in Michigan, 66 percent worked for wages and salaries; the remaining were self-employed. Wage and salary workers were most often fatally injured by transportation incidents and self employed workers by 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 Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.

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

Total

141127100

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals

334031

Intentional injury by person

313830

Intentional injury by other person

152822

Shooting by other person--intentional

102117

Stabbing, cutting, slashing, piercing

--32

Hitting, kicking, beating, shoving

--32

Self-inflicted injury--intentional

16108

Shooting--intentional self-harm

954

Hanging, strangulation, asphyxiation--intentional self-harm

643

Transportation incidents

464233

Pedestrian vehicular incident

7108

Pedestrian struck by vehicle in roadway

332

Pedestrian struck by vehicle in nonroadway area

432

Roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicle

242721

Roadway collision with other vehicle

101713

Roadway collision--moving in opposite directions, oncoming

--76

Roadway collision--moving perpendicularly

254

Roadway collision--moving and standing vehicle in roadway

243

Roadway collision with object other than vehicle

765

Vehicle struck object or animal on side of roadway

765

Roadway noncollision incident

643

Jack-knifed or overturned, roadway

532

Nonroadway incident involving motorized land vehicles

754

Nonroadway noncollision incident

643

Jack-knifed or overturned, nonroadway

343

Falls, slips, trips

262117

Falls to lower level

201613

Other fall to lower level

18129

Other fall to lower level 6 to 10 feet

432

Other fall to lower level 11 to 15 feet

332

Exposure to harmful substances or environments

1243

Exposure to electricity

532

Contact with objects and equipment

211713

Struck by object or equipment

10129

Struck by powered vehicle--nontransport

354

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

665

Caught in or compressed by equipment or objects

854

Caught in running equipment or machinery

643

Caught in running equipment or machinery during maintenance, cleaning

432

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

Total

141127100

Private industry

12711792

Natural resources and mining

251613

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

251613

Crop production

1297

Oilseed and grain farming

654

Corn farming

--32

Forestry and logging

454

Logging

454

Logging

454

Construction

231814

Construction

231814

Construction of buildings

554

Residential building construction

354

Residential building construction

354

Residential remodelers

343

Specialty trade contractors

14129

Foundation, structure, and building exterior contractors

665

Roofing contractors

332

Building equipment contractors

443

Plumbing, heating, and air-conditioning contractors

--32

Manufacturing

17129

Manufacturing

17129

Transportation equipment manufacturing

454

Trade, transportation, and utilities

263024

Wholesale trade

554

Merchant wholesalers, nondurable goods

--43

Retail trade

10108

Motor vehicle and parts dealers

322

Automotive parts, accessories, and tire stores

--22

Tire dealers

--22

Miscellaneous store retailers

332

Used merchandise stores

--22

Used merchandise stores

--22

Transportation and warehousing

101411

Truck transportation

8108

General freight trucking

797

General freight trucking, local

254

General freight trucking, long-distance

543

General freight trucking, long-distance, truckload

532

Transit and ground passenger transportation

--32

Taxi and limousine service

--32

Taxi service

--32

Information

--32

Information

--32

Publishing industries (except internet)

--22

Newspaper, periodical, book, and directory publishers

--22

Newspaper publishers

--22

Professional and business services

11129

Administrative and waste services

--108

Administrative and support services

8108

Investigation and security services

--43

Investigation, guard, and armored car services

--43

Security guards and patrol services

--43

Services to buildings and dwellings

665

Landscaping services

365

Educational and health services

665

Health care and social assistance

565

Ambulatory health care services

--65

Leisure and hospitality

876

Arts, entertainment, and recreation

543

Performing arts, spectator sports, and related industries

432

Independent artists, writers, and performers

--22

Independent artists, writers, and performers

--22

Accommodation and food services

332

Food services and drinking places

332

Drinking places (alcoholic beverages)

122

Drinking places (alcoholic beverages)

122

Other services, except public administration

7129

Other services, except public administration

7129

Repair and maintenance

465

Automotive repair and maintenance

--65

Automotive mechanical and electrical repair and maintenance

--43

Automotive body, paint, interior, and glass repair

--22

Automotive body, paint, and interior repair and maintenance

--22

Personal and laundry services

--22

Religious, grantmaking, civic, professional, and similar organizations

243

Civic and social organizations

232

Civic and social organizations

232

Government(2)

14108

Federal government

--43

Local government

943

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, Michigan, 2011-2012
Occupation(1)20112012(p)
NumberNumberPercent

Total

141127100

Management occupations

262217

Top executives

432

Chief executives

332

Chief executives

332

Operations specialties managers

132

Other management occupations

211512

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

1697

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

1697

Miscellaneous managers

--22

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations

332

Protective service occupations

7108

Law enforcement workers

632

Police officers

632

Police and sheriff's patrol officers

632

Other protective service workers

--76

Security guards and gaming surveillance officers

--65

Security guards

--65

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations

586

Supervisors of building and grounds cleaning and maintenance workers

222

First-line supervisors of building and grounds cleaning and maintenance workers

222

First-line supervisors of landscaping, lawn service, and groundskeeping workers

222

Grounds maintenance workers

--54

Grounds maintenance workers

--54

Tree trimmers and pruners

--43

Sales and related occupations

1265

Supervisors of sales workers

743

First-line supervisors of sales workers

743

First-line supervisors of retail sales workers

543

Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations

986

Forest, conservation, and logging workers

--65

Logging workers

--65

Fallers

--65

Construction and extraction occupations

222016

Supervisors of construction and extraction workers

643

First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

--43

First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

--43

Construction trades workers

161613

Construction laborers

--54

Construction laborers

--54

Construction equipment operators

--22

Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

--43

Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

--43

Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

12129

Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers

465

Automotive technicians and repairers

--32

Miscellaneous vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers

--22

Tire repairers and changers

--22

Other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

843

Production occupations

897

Supervisors of production workers

--22

First-line supervisors of production and operating workers

--22

First-line supervisors of production and operating workers

--22

Other production occupations

354

Transportation and material moving occupations

212016

Motor vehicle operators

131814

Driver/sales workers and truck drivers

121411

Driver/sales workers

--32

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

1197

Taxi drivers and chauffeurs

--32

Taxi drivers and chauffeurs

--32

Material moving workers

422

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

Total

141127100
Employee status   

Wage and salary(1)

918466

Self-employed(2)

504334
Gender   

Men

13111792

Women

10108
Age(3)   

20 to 24 years

586

25 to 34 years

141713

35 to 44 years

272721

45 to 54 years

333427

55 to 64 years

372217

65 years and over

221915
Race or ethnic origin(4)   

White, non-Hispanic

1189877

Black or African-American, non-Hispanic

132016

Hispanic or Latino

432

Asian, non-Hispanic

443

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: Thursday, November 21, 2013