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13-2258-CHI
Wednesday, December 11, 2013

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Fatal Work Injuries in Ohio — 2012

Fatal work injuries totaled 154 in 2012 for Ohio, 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 Ohio was little changed from the previous year. Fatal occupational injuries in the state have ranged from a high of 222 in 1999 to a low of 137 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 154 fatal work injuries reported in Ohio in 2012, 52 resulted from transportation incidents, 35 from contact with objects and equipment, and 32 from falls, slips, and trips. Together these three major categories accounted for more than three-quarters of all workplace fatalities. Other major event categories recorded 22 or fewer deaths each. (See table 1.) Within transportation incidents, roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicles was the most frequent type of workplace fatality with 31 deaths. This category accounted for one-fifth of all work-related fatalities in the state. In the contact with objects and equipment and category, just over half (18) of the deaths occurred as a result of being struck by an object or equipment. In the falls, slips, and trips category, falls to a lower level accounted for 22 fatalities. (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. Ohio’s 34-percent share of fatalities due to this event was smaller. (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, 3 percentage points higher than the share in Ohio. 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 had the largest number of workplace fatalities with 29, an increase of 6 over the year. Falls, slips, and trips accounted for 16 worker deaths in this industry. (See table 2.)
  • The transportation and warehousing industry had the next highest count with 23 fatalities, little changed from a year ago. Transportation incidents accounted for 14 worker deaths in the industry.
  • Transportation and material moving occupations had the highest number of fatal work injuries with 40. (See table 3.) The majority of these fatalities were heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers (21). Workers in construction had the next highest fatality count at 33. Over three-quarters (25) were construction trades workers.
  • Men accounted for 137, or 89 percent, of the work-related fatalities in the state. (See table 4.) Transportation incidents made up more than one-third of these fatalities.
  • In Ohio, 82 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 80, or just over half 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 154 fatal work injuries in Ohio, 74 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 Ohio Department of 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, Ohio, 2011-2012
Event or exposure(1)20112012(p)
NumberNumberPercent

Total

155154100

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals

242214

Intentional injury by person

241912

Intentional injury by other person

141510

Shooting by other person--intentional

12128

Self-inflicted injury--intentional

1043

Transportation incidents

615234

Pedestrian vehicular incident

1053

Roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicle

373120

Roadway collision with other vehicle

15138

Roadway collision--moving in opposite directions, oncoming

843

Roadway collision--moving perpendicularly

143

Roadway collision with object other than vehicle

191510

Vehicle struck object or animal on side of roadway

191510

Nonroadway incident involving motorized land vehicles

9138

Nonroadway noncollision incident

5106

Jack-knifed or overturned, nonroadway

464

Falls, slips, trips

223221

Falls on same level

796

Falls to lower level

152214

Other fall to lower level

101711

Other fall to lower level 16 to 20 feet

--43

Exposure to harmful substances or environments

20106

Contact with objects and equipment

253523

Struck by object or equipment

191812

Struck by powered vehicle--nontransport

775

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

875

Caught in or compressed by equipment or objects

6138

Caught in running equipment or machinery

485

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

--43

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

Total

155154100

Private industry

14314393

Natural resources and mining

202114

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

171912

Crop production

15128

Animal production

--64

Cattle ranching and farming

--53

Construction

232919

Construction

232919

Construction of buildings

564

Residential building construction

453

Residential building construction

453

Specialty trade contractors

152013

Foundation, structure, and building exterior contractors

596

Roofing contractors

--53

Building finishing contractors

343

Other specialty trade contractors

343

Manufacturing

15149

Manufacturing

15149

Trade, transportation, and utilities

383724

Wholesale trade

453

Merchant wholesalers, nondurable goods

253

Retail trade

975

Transportation and warehousing

242315

Truck transportation

181912

General freight trucking

8117

General freight trucking, long-distance

575

Specialized freight trucking

343

Professional and business services

13117

Administrative and waste services

--117

Administrative and support services

996

Services to buildings and dwellings

664

Landscaping services

543

Educational and health services

1075

Health care and social assistance

864

Leisure and hospitality

111610

Arts, entertainment, and recreation

653

Accommodation and food services

5117

Food services and drinking places

596

Full-service restaurants

--43

Full-service restaurants

--43

Drinking places (alcoholic beverages)

443

Drinking places (alcoholic beverages)

443

Other services, except public administration

753

Other services, except public administration

753

Government(2)

12117

Local government

1275

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

Total

155154100

Management occupations

222114

Other management occupations

191912

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

13149

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

13149

Protective service occupations

1064

Food preparation and serving related occupations

164

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations

864

Grounds maintenance workers

743

Grounds maintenance workers

743

Sales and related occupations

843

Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations

485

Agricultural workers

--75

Miscellaneous agricultural workers

--75

Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse

--53

Construction and extraction occupations

223321

Construction trades workers

162516

Carpenters

--43

Carpenters

--43

Construction laborers

453

Construction laborers

453

Roofers

--75

Roofers

--75

Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

11117

Other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

653

Production occupations

1275

Transportation and material moving occupations

394026

Motor vehicle operators

272718

Driver/sales workers and truck drivers

232617

Driver/sales workers

--43

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

212114

Material moving workers

885

Laborers and material movers, hand

764

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

664

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

Total

155154100
Employee status   

Wage and salary(1)

11611474

Self-employed(2)

394026
Gender   

Men

14413789

Women

111711
Age(3)   

Under 16 years

--32

18 to 19 years

--32

20 to 24 years

596

25 to 34 years

171812

35 to 44 years

222516

45 to 54 years

463724

55 to 64 years

433321

65 years and over

202617
Race or ethnic origin(4)   

White, non-Hispanic

13512682

Black or African-American, non-Hispanic

181610

Hispanic or Latino

--85

Asian, non-Hispanic

--21

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: Wednesday, December 11, 2013