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14-2139-CHI
Wednesday, December 03, 2014

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Fatal Work Injuries in Illinois — 2013

Fatal work injuries totaled 172 in 2013 for Illinois, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Charlene Peiffer noted that while the 2013 count was preliminary, the number of work-related fatalities in Illinois rose by 26 over the year. Fatal occupational injuries in the state have ranged from a high of 262 in 1996 to a low of 146 in 2012. (See chart 1.)

Nationwide, a preliminary total of 4,405 fatal work injuries were recorded in 2013, down from a revised count of 4,628 fatal work injuries in 2012, according to results from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) program. Final 2013 CFOI data will be released in the late spring 2015.

Of the 172 fatal work injuries reported in Illinois in 2013, 63 resulted from transportation incidents, 35 from contact with objects and equipment, and 32 from violence and other injuries by persons or animals; together these three major categories accounted for just over three-fourths of all fatal work injuries. 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 33 deaths, accounting for 19 percent of all on-the-job fatalities in the state. In the contact with objects and equipment category, 22 deaths occurred from being struck by an object or equipment. Within the violence and other injuries by persons or animals category, 16 deaths occurred from intentional injury by another person and 12 were intentional self-inflicted injuries. (Note that transportation counts presented in this release are expected to rise when updated 2013 data are released in the late spring 2015 because key source documentation detailing specific transportation-related incidents has not yet been received.)

In the United States, transportation incidents was also the most frequent fatal workplace event in 2013, accounting for 40 percent of fatal work injuries. Illinois’ 37 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, lower than the 19-percent share for this event in Illinois. Contact with objects and equipment and falls, slips, or trips each accounted for 16 percent of the nation’s workplace fatalities. In Illinois, these events accounted for 20 and 12 percent of the state’s fatal injuries, respectively. 

Additional key characteristics:

  • The construction industry had the highest fatality count with 27, up from 16 in 2012. Transportation incidents accounted for nine worker deaths in this sector, while seven were due to falls, slips, or trips in 2013.
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting had the next largest fatality count with 21, an increase of 12 over the year. Transportation incidents accounted for eight fatalities, and seven were the result of contact with objects or equipment. (See table 2.)
  • 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 (18). Workers in construction and extraction occupations had the next highest fatality count at 31.
  • Men accounted for 155, or 90 percent, of the work-related fatalities in the state. (See table 4.) Transportation incidents made up almost one-third of these fatalities.
  • In Illinois, 70 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 105, or 61 percent, of the state’s work-related fatalities in 2013. Nationally, workers in this group accounted for 60 percent of on-the-job fatalities.
  • Of the 172 persons that suffered fatal work injuries in Illinois, 73 percent worked for wages and salaries; the remaining were self-employed. The most frequent fatal event for both wage and salary workers and the self-employed 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 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, 2012-2013
Event or exposure(1)2012(2)2013(p)
NumberNumberPercent

Total

146172100

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals

323219

Intentional injury by person

302816

Intentional injury by other person

16169

Shooting by other person--intentional

12127

Self-inflicted injury--intentional

14127

Shooting--intentional self-harm

353

Hanging, strangulation, asphyxiation--intentional self-harm

653

Transportation incidents

526337

Pedestrian vehicular incident

17127

Pedestrian struck by vehicle in roadway

353

Pedestrian struck by forward-moving vehicle in roadway

353

Roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicle

253319

Roadway collision with other vehicle

181810

Roadway collision--moving in opposite directions, oncoming

495

Roadway noncollision incident

3116

Jack-knifed or overturned, roadway

395

Nonroadway incident involving motorized land vehicles

295

Fires and Explosions

863

Fires

353

Falls, slips, trips

252112

Falls to lower level

191710

Other fall to lower level

17148

Exposure to harmful substances or environments

10148

Exposure to other harmful substances

953

Nonmedical use of drugs or alcohol--unintentional overdose

753

Contact with objects and equipment

173520

Struck by object or equipment

142213

Struck by powered vehicle--nontransport

974

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

3138

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

--53

Caught in or compressed by equipment or objects

--106

Caught in running equipment or machinery

1106

Caught in running equipment or machinery during maintenance, cleaning

--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.
(2) Data for 2012 are revised and final
(p) Data are preliminary. Revised and final 2013 data are scheduled to be released in the late spring 2015.
 

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.
 

Table 2. Fatal occupational injuries by industry, Illinois, 2012-2013
Industry(1)2012(2)2013(p)
NumberNumberPercent

Total

146172100

Private industry

13115992

Natural resources and mining

122716

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

92112

Crop production

9148

Animal production

--63

Mining(3)

363

Construction

162716

Construction

162716

Construction of buildings

--53

Heavy and civil engineering construction

653

Specialty trade contractors

8169

Manufacturing

172012

Manufacturing

172012

Trade, transportation, and utilities

443822

Wholesale trade

--74

Merchant wholesalers, durable goods

--53

Retail trade

10127

Transportation and warehousing

321911

Truck transportation

23138

Professional and business services

111911

Administrative and waste services

--169

Administrative and support services

4159

Educational and health services

1053

Leisure and hospitality

8127

Arts, entertainment, and recreation

363

Accommodation and food services

563

Food services and drinking places

463

Other services, except public administration

453

Other services, except public administration

453

Government(4)

15138

Local government

11116

Footnotes:
(1) Industry data are based on the North American Industry Classification System, 2007. Total may include other industries not shown.
(2) Data for 2012 are revised and final
(p) Data are preliminary. Revised and final 2013 data are scheduled to be released in the late spring 2015.
(3) Includes fatal injuries at all establishments categorized as Mining (Sector 21) in the North American Industry Classification System, including establishments not governed by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) rules and reporting, such as those in Oil and Gas Extraction.
(4) Includes fatal injuries to workers employed by governmental organizations regardless of industry.
 

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.
 

Table 3. Fatal occupational injuries by occupation, Illinois, 2012-2013
Occupation(1)2012(2)2013(p)
NumberNumberPercent

Total

146172100

Management occupations

102515

Other management occupations

92313

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

51810

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

51810

Protective service occupations

6106

Food preparation and serving related occupations

363

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations

--74

Sales and related occupations

995

Construction and extraction occupations

273118

Construction trades workers

202313

Construction laborers

895

Construction laborers

895

Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

695

Production occupations

91810

Other production occupations

495

Miscellaneous production workers

--63

Transportation and material moving occupations

464023

Motor vehicle operators

302414

Driver/sales workers and truck drivers

282213

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

261810

Material moving workers

10138

Laborers and material movers, hand

585

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

563

Footnotes:
(1) Occupation data are based on the Standard Occupational Classification system, 2010. Total may include occupations not shown.
(2) Data for 2012 are revised and final
(p) Data are preliminary. Revised and final 2013 data are scheduled to be released in the late spring 2015.
 

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.
 

Table 4. Fatal occupational injuries by worker characteristics, Illinois, 2012-2013
Worker characteristics2012(1)2013(p)
NumberNumberPercent

Total

146172100

Employee status

 

Wage and salary(2)

11712573

Self-employed(3)

294727

Gender

 

Men

13515590

Women

111710

Age(4)

 

20 to 24 years

974

25 to 34 years

172917

35 to 44 years

303822

45 to 54 years

473822

55 to 64 years

233822

65 years and over

181911

Race or ethnic origin(5)

 

White, non-Hispanic

10512170

Black or African-American, non-Hispanic

181810

Hispanic or Latino

192615

Asian, non-Hispanic

--63

Footnotes:
(1) Data for 2012 are revised and final
(p) Data are preliminary. Revised and final 2013 data are scheduled to be released in the late spring 2015.
(2) May include volunteers and workers receiving other types of compensation.
(3) 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.
(4) Information may not be available for all age groups.
(5) Persons identified as Hispanic or Latino may be of any race. The race categories shown exclude Hispanic and Latino workers.
 

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.
 

 

Last Modified Date: Wednesday, December 03, 2014