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13-2293-CHI
Wednesday, December 11, 2013

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Fatal Work Injuries in Wisconsin – 2012

Fatal work injuries totaled 114 in 2012 for Wisconsin, 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 Wisconsin rose by 25 over the year. Fatal occupational injuries in the state have ranged from a high of 138 in 1993 to a low of 77 in 2008. (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 114 fatal work injuries reported in Wisconsin in 2012, 37 resulted from transportation incidents, 27 from violence and other injuries by persons or animals, and 26 from contact with objects and equipment. These three major categories accounted for more than three-quarters of all fatal work injuries. Other major event categories each reported 16 or fewer deaths. (See table 1.)

Within transportation incidents, roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicles was the most frequent type of workplace fatality with 22 deaths. In the violence and other injuries by persons or animals category, 24 deaths occurred from intentional injury by a person. In the contact with objects and equipment category, 18 fatalities resulted from workers being struck by objects 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. Wisconsin’s 32-percent share of 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. This was less than the 24-percent share in Wisconsin. 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, up from 22 the previous year. (See table 2.) Within this industry, contact with objects and equipment accounted for 12 worker deaths, while 11 fatalities were due to transportation incidents.
  • The manufacturing industry had the second highest fatality count with 16, up from 12 fatalities in 2011. Contact with objects and equipment accounted for eight worker deaths in this sector.
  • Management and transportation and material moving occupations had the highest numbers of fatal work injuries with 27 and 23 fatalities, respectively. (See table 3.) The majority of these fatalities were farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers (18) within the management group and heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers (12) within the transportation and material moving occupational group.
  • Men accounted for 103, or 90 percent, of the work-related fatalities in the state. (See table 4.) Transportation incidents made up one-third of these fatalities.
  • In Wisconsin, 88 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 58 individuals, 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 114 persons that suffered fatal work injuries in Wisconsin, 63 percent worked for wages and salaries; the remaining were self-employed. The most frequent fatal event for wage and salary workers was transportation incidents (25) while for self-employed workers there were 12 fatalities each resulting from transportation incidents and contact with objects and equipment.

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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 Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene.

Table 1. Fatal occupational injuries by event or exposure, Wisconsin, 2011-2012
Event or exposure(1)20112012(p)
NumberNumberPercent

Total

89114100

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals

132724

Intentional injury by person

82421

Intentional injury by other person

31614

Shooting by other person--intentional

21614

Self-inflicted injury--intentional

587

Shooting--intentional self-harm

354

Animal and insect related incidents

333

Struck by animal

133

Transportation incidents

333732

Pedestrian vehicular incident

554

Roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicle

192219

Roadway collision with other vehicle

131211

Roadway collision--moving perpendicularly

365

Roadway collision with object other than vehicle

--65

Vehicle struck object or animal on side of roadway

--65

Roadway noncollision incident

444

Jack-knifed or overturned, roadway

344

Nonroadway incident involving motorized land vehicles

798

Nonroadway noncollision incident

687

Jack-knifed or overturned, nonroadway

376

Fires and Explosions

--33

Fires

--33

Falls, slips, trips

121614

Falls to lower level

71412

Other fall to lower level

41211

Other fall to lower level 16 to 20 feet

--33

Exposure to harmful substances or environments

954

Exposure to electricity

411

Indirect exposure to electricity

--11

Indirect exposure to electricity, greater than 220 volts

--11

Contact with objects and equipment

222623

Struck by object or equipment

121816

Struck by powered vehicle--nontransport

4109

Caught between rolling powered vehicle and other object

--11

Struck or run over by rolling powered vehicle

--44

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

844

Struck by object falling from vehicle or machinery--other than vehicle part

233

Caught in or compressed by equipment or objects

865

Caught in running equipment or machinery

865

Caught in running equipment or machinery during maintenance, cleaning

633

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

Total

89114100

Private industry

8110693

Natural resources and mining

223026

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

223026

Crop production

101311

Fruit and tree nut farming

111

Noncitrus fruit and tree nut farming

111

Animal production

111311

Cattle ranching and farming

11109

Dairy cattle and milk production

10109

Forestry and logging

--33

Logging

--33

Logging

--33

Construction

71110

Construction

71110

Specialty trade contractors

--76

Foundation, structure, and building exterior contractors

--33

Site preparation contractors

--11

Manufacturing

121614

Manufacturing

121614

Primary metal manufacturing

133

Foundries

133

Electrical equipment, appliance, and component manufacturing

--11

Trade, transportation, and utilities

272724

Wholesale trade

1087

Merchant wholesalers, durable goods

944

Machinery, equipment, and supplies merchant wholesalers

233

Merchant wholesalers, nondurable goods

--44

Grocery and related product wholesalers

--11

General line grocery merchant wholesalers

--11

Miscellaneous nondurable goods merchant wholesalers

--11

Farm supplies merchant wholesalers

--11

Retail trade

687

Electronics and appliance stores

--22

Electronics and appliance stores

--22

Food and beverage stores

122

Grocery stores

122

Supermarkets and other grocery (except convenience) stores

122

Gasoline stations

--33

Gasoline stations

--33

Gasoline stations with convenience stores

--33

Transportation and warehousing

111110

Truck transportation

998

General freight trucking

865

Specialized freight trucking

--33

Specialized freight (except used goods) trucking, local

--11

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

--22

Information

--11

Information

--11

Publishing industries (except internet)

--11

Newspaper, periodical, book, and directory publishers

--11

Newspaper publishers

--11

Professional and business services

154

Professional and technical services

--11

Professional, scientific, and technical services

--11

Advertising and related services

--11

Administrative and waste services

--44

Administrative and support services

144

Services to buildings and dwellings

144

Landscaping services

144

Educational and health services

333

Health care and social assistance

333

Nursing and residential care facilities

--11

Community care facilities for the elderly

--11

Community care facilities for the elderly

--11

Other services, except public administration

5109

Other services, except public administration

5109

Repair and maintenance

433

Government(2)

887

Local government

465

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

Total

89114100

Management occupations

222724

Advertising, marketing, promotions, public relations, and sales managers

--33

Other management occupations

212118

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

191816

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

191816

Property, real estate, and community association managers

--11

Property, real estate, and community association managers

--11

Business and financial operations occupations

--33

Protective service occupations

233

Fire fighting and prevention workers

--11

Firefighters

--11

Firefighters

--11

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations

--54

Supervisors of building and grounds cleaning and maintenance workers

--22

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

--22

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

--22

Grounds maintenance workers

--33

Grounds maintenance workers

--33

Landscaping and groundskeeping workers

--33

Sales and related occupations

976

Supervisors of sales workers

533

First-line supervisors of sales workers

533

First-line supervisors of retail sales workers

333

Retail sales workers

--33

Retail salespersons

--11

Retail salespersons

--11

Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing

--11

Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing

--11

Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products

--11

Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations

31211

Agricultural workers

298

Miscellaneous agricultural workers

298

Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse

--44

Farmworkers, farm, ranch, and aquacultural animals

254

Forest, conservation, and logging workers

--33

Logging workers

--33

Fallers

--33

Construction and extraction occupations

81311

Supervisors of construction and extraction workers

--54

First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

--54

First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

--54

Construction trades workers

665

Construction laborers

333

Construction laborers

333

Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

944

Supervisors of installation, maintenance, and repair workers

111

First-line supervisors of mechanics, installers, and repairers

111

First-line supervisors of mechanics, installers, and repairers

111

Other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

--33

Production occupations

887

Metal workers and plastic workers

244

Transportation and material moving occupations

172320

Motor vehicle operators

131715

Driver/sales workers and truck drivers

131513

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

121211

Material moving workers

465

Laborers and material movers, hand

--65

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

--65

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

Total

89114100
Employee status   

Wage and salary(1)

587263

Self-employed(2)

314237
Gender   

Men

7810390

Women

111110
Age(3)   

Under 16 years

--33

18 to 19 years

111

20 to 24 years

933

25 to 34 years

101311

35 to 44 years

121412

45 to 54 years

213127

55 to 64 years

232623

65 years and over

132320
Race or ethnic origin(4)   

White, non-Hispanic

7910088

Hispanic or Latino

476

Asian, non-Hispanic

--76

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