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14-2234-CHI
Monday, December 15, 2014

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Fatal Work Injuries in Michigan — 2013

Fatal work injuries totaled 133 in 2013 for Michigan, 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 Michigan declined by four 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 4,405 fatal work injuries were recorded in 2013, down from a revised count of 4,628 fatalities 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 of 2015.

Of the 133 fatal work injuries reported in Michigan in 2013, 42 resulted from transportation incidents and 40 from violence and other injuries by person or animals. Together these two major categories accounted for almost two-thirds of all fatal work injuries in the state. (See table 1.) Other major event categories each reported 25 or fewer deaths. Within transportation incidents, roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicles was the most frequent type of workplace fatality with 24 deaths. This category accounted for nearly one-fifth of all on-the-job fatalities in the state. The second-largest event in transportation incidents, pedestrian vehicular incidents, accounted for nine fatalities. In the violence and other injuries by person or animals category, 14 of the 40 deaths occurred as a result of intentional injury by another person. (Note that transportation counts presented in this release are expected to rise when updated 2013 data are released in the late spring of 2015 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 2013, accounting for 40 percent of fatal work injuries. Michigan’s 32-percent share of fatalities due to this event was less 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; the share in Michigan was 30 percent. Contact with objects or equipment and falls, slips, or trips each accounted for 16 percent of the nation’s workplace fatalities, while in the state, these events were responsible for 19 and 12 percent of workplace fatalities, respectively.

Additional key characteristics:

  • The transportation and warehousing industry had the largest number of fatalities in the state with 26, an increase from the previous year’s total of 15. (See table 2.) Transportation incidents accounted for 16 worker deaths within this sector.
  • The construction industry had the second highest fatality count with 18, similar to the 19 in the previous year. Fall, slips, and trips were responsible for six worker deaths in construction and transportation incidents accounted for five worker fatalities.
  • Transportation and material moving occupations had the highest number work related fatalities with 30. (See table 3.)  Motor vehicle operators accounted for 20 of these deaths. Workers in construction and extraction occupations had the next highest fatality count at 23.
  • Men accounted for 120, or 90 percent, of the work-related fatalities in the state. (See table 4.) Transportation incidents made up one-third of these fatalities.
  • In Michigan, 80 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 73, or 55 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 133 fatal work injuries in Michigan, 71 percent worked for wages and salaries; the remainder was self-employed. The most frequent fatal event for wage and salary workers was transportation incidents and for the self-employed it was 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, 2012-2013
Event or exposure(1)2012(2)2013(p)
NumberNumberPercent

Total

137133100

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals

414030

Intentional injury by person

403627

Intentional injury by other person

281411

Shooting by other person--intentional

211411

Self-inflicted injury--intentional

122217

Shooting--intentional self-harm

61310

Hanging, strangulation, asphyxiation--intentional self-harm

554

Injury by person--unintentional or intent unknown

143

Transportation incidents

454232

Pedestrian vehicular incident

1097

Pedestrian struck by vehicle in nonroadway area

354

Roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicle

292418

Roadway collision with other vehicle

191612

Roadway collision--moving in same direction

--54

Roadway collision--moving in opposite directions, oncoming

743

Roadway collision--moving perpendicularly

754

Roadway collision with object other than vehicle

654

Vehicle struck object or animal on side of roadway

643

Nonroadway incident involving motorized land vehicles

665

Nonroadway noncollision incident

443

Falls, slips, trips

221612

Falls to lower level

171310

Other fall to lower level

1397

Exposure to harmful substances or environments

775

Exposure to other harmful substances

443

Contact with objects and equipment

202519

Struck by object or equipment

141814

Struck by powered vehicle--nontransport

665

Struck or run over by rolling powered vehicle

143

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

7108

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

--43

Caught in or compressed by equipment or objects

654

Caught in running equipment or machinery

554

Caught in running equipment or machinery during maintenance, cleaning

343

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, Michigan, 2012-2013
Industry(1)2012(2)2013(p)
NumberNumberPercent

Total

137133100

Private industry

12612090

Natural resources and mining

181713

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

181612

Crop production

1075

Animal production

354

Forestry and logging

543

Logging

543

Construction

191814

Construction

191814

Construction of buildings

465

Residential building construction

454

Specialty trade contractors

14108

Foundation, structure, and building exterior contractors

643

Manufacturing

12108

Manufacturing

12108

Trade, transportation, and utilities

323526

Retail trade

1086

Transportation and warehousing

152620

Truck transportation

101411

General freight trucking

997

Specialized freight trucking

154

Support activities for transportation

--43

Financial activities

--86

Finance and insurance

--54

Professional and business services

13129

Professional and technical services

--54

Professional, scientific, and technical services

--54

Administrative and waste services

--75

Administrative and support services

1154

Educational and health services

654

Health care and social assistance

643

Leisure and hospitality

9108

Arts, entertainment, and recreation

465

Performing arts, spectator sports, and related industries

343

Accommodation and food services

543

Food services and drinking places

543

Other services, except public administration

1254

Other services, except public administration

1254

Repair and maintenance

643

Government(3)

111310

State government

--54

Local government

565

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 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, Michigan, 2012-2013
Occupation(1)2012(2)2013(p)
NumberNumberPercent

Total

137133100

Management occupations

241612

Other management occupations

171411

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

1097

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

1097

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations

343

Entertainers and performers, sports and related workers

143

Protective service occupations

1054

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations

943

Sales and related occupations

6118

Supervisors of sales workers

443

First-line supervisors of sales workers

443

Office and administrative support occupations

--54

Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations

975

Forest, conservation, and logging workers

654

Logging workers

654

Fallers

654

Construction and extraction occupations

212317

Construction trades workers

162015

Carpenters

265

Carpenters

265

Construction laborers

465

Construction laborers

465

Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

1375

Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers

743

Production occupations

965

Transportation and material moving occupations

213023

Motor vehicle operators

182015

Driver/sales workers and truck drivers

141612

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

91411

Material moving workers

386

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.
(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, Michigan, 2012-2013
Worker characteristics2012(1)2013(p)
NumberNumberPercent

Total

137133100

Employee status

 

Wage and salary(2)

909571

Self-employed(3)

473829

Gender

 

Men

12612090

Women

111310

Age(4)

 

20 to 24 years

8118

25 to 34 years

182317

35 to 44 years

292922

45 to 54 years

342116

55 to 64 years

252620

65 years and over

222116

Race or ethnic origin(5)

 

White, non-Hispanic

10610780

Black or African-American, non-Hispanic

211914

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: Monday, December 15, 2014