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14-2286-CHI
Thursday, December 18, 2014

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Fatal Work Injuries in North Dakota — 2013

Fatal work injuries totaled 55 in 2013 for North Dakota, 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 North Dakota declined by 10 over the year. Fatal occupational injuries in the state have ranged from a high of 65 in 2012 to a low of 20 in 1992. (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 55 fatal work injuries reported in North Dakota in 2013, 31 resulted from transportation incidents and 13 from contact with objects and equipment. Together these two major categories accounted for over three-fourths of all fatal work injuries reported in the state. (See table 1.) Other major event categories each reported five or fewer deaths. Within transportation incidents, roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicles was the most frequent type of workplace fatality with 26 deaths. This category accounted for nearly one-half of all on-the-job fatalities in the state. In the contact with objects and equipment category, 9 of the 13 deaths occurred as a result of being struck by an object or equipment. (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. North Dakota’s 56-percent share of fatalities due to this event was larger 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 North Dakota was 5 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 24 and 9 percent of workplace fatalities, respectively.

Additional key characteristics:

  • The mining industry had the largest number of fatalities in the state with 12, compared to 15 the previous year. Transportation incidents accounted for seven worker deaths in this industry. (See table 2.) 
  • Construction had the second highest fatality count with 11, followed by transportation and warehousing with 8 worker deaths. Transportation incidents accounted for the largest number deaths in each of these industries.
  • Construction and extraction occupations had the highest number of fatal work injuries with 16. Construction trades workers suffered seven deaths and extraction workers, six fatalities. (See table 3.)
  • Men accounted for 50, or 91 percent, of the work-related fatalities in the state. (See table 4.) Transportation incidents made up 54 percent of these fatalities.
  • In North Dakota, 87 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 33, or 60 percent of the state’s work-related fatalities in 2013. Nationally, workers in this group also accounted for 60 percent of on-the-job fatalities.
  • Of the 55 fatal work injuries in North Dakota, 82 percent worked for wages and salaries; the remainder was self-employed. The most frequent fatal event for wage and salary workers was transportation incidents. For the self-employed, transportation incidents and contact with objects and equipment were the most frequent fatal events.

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.

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, North Dakota, 2012-2013
Event or exposure(1)2012(2)2013(p)
NumberNumberPercent

Total

6555100

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals

335

Animal and insect related incidents

--24

Bites and stings

--12

Struck by animal

--12

Transportation incidents

403156

Pedestrian vehicular incident

412

Pedestrian struck by vehicle in nonroadway area

312

Roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicle

262647

Roadway collision with other vehicle

181629

Roadway collision--moving perpendicularly

6611

Roadway noncollision incident

7815

Jack-knifed or overturned, roadway

7713

Nonroadway incident involving motorized land vehicles

435

Nonroadway collision with object other than vehicle

--12

Jack-knifed or overturned, nonroadway

--12

Fires and Explosions

535

Explosions

335

Explosion of nonpressurized vapors, gases, or liquids

--12

Falls, slips, trips

759

Falls to lower level

759

Other fall to lower level

559

Other fall to lower level more than 30 feet

--24

Contact with objects and equipment

81324

Struck by object or equipment

6916

Struck by powered vehicle--nontransport

359

Caught between rolling powered vehicle and other object

--24

Struck or run over by rolling powered vehicle

--12

Struck by discharged or flying object

--12

Struck by dislodged flying object, particle

--12

Caught in or compressed by equipment or objects

235

Caught in running equipment or machinery

235

Excavation or trenching cave-in

--12

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, North Dakota, 2012-2013
Industry(1)2012(2)2013(p)
NumberNumberPercent

Total

6555100

Private industry

635193

Natural resources and mining

262138

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

11916

Crop production

647

Animal production

547

Cattle ranching and farming

447

Support activities for agriculture and forestry

--12

Mining(3)

151222

Support activities for mining

121120

Support activities for mining

121120

Construction

251120

Construction

251120

Heavy and civil engineering construction

759

Utility system construction

447

Highway, street, and bridge construction

312

Specialty trade contractors

16611

Trade, transportation, and utilities

81324

Wholesale trade

--47

Merchant wholesalers, nondurable goods

--35

Transportation and warehousing

6815

Truck transportation

5611

Specialized freight trucking

--35

Support activities for transportation

--12

Couriers and messengers

--12

Couriers

--12

Professional and business services

--47

Administrative and waste services

--24

Administrative and support services

112

Services to buildings and dwellings

--12

Waste management and remediation services

--12

Waste collection

--12

Government(4)

--47

Federal government

135

Local government

--12

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, North Dakota, 2012-2013
Occupation(1)2012(2)2013(p)
NumberNumberPercent

Total

6555100

Management occupations

10713

Other management occupations

9713

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

8713

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

8713

Protective service occupations

212

Law enforcement workers

112

Detectives and criminal investigators

112

Detectives and criminal investigators

112

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations

--12

Supervisors of building and grounds cleaning and maintenance workers

--12

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

--12

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

--12

Office and administrative support occupations

--35

Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers

--12

Postal service workers

--12

Postal service mail carriers

--12

Construction and extraction occupations

341629

Supervisors of construction and extraction workers

635

First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

1235

First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

1235

Construction trades workers

16713

Electricians

--47

Electricians

--47

Extraction workers

12611

Roustabouts, oil and gas

535

Roustabouts, oil and gas

535

Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

--59

Transportation and material moving occupations

141527

Motor vehicle operators

91222

Driver/sales workers and truck drivers

91222

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

71120

Light truck or delivery services drivers

112

Military occupations(3)

--12

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.
(3) Includes fatal injuries to persons identified as resident armed forces regardless of individual occupation listed.
 

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, North Dakota, 2012-2013
Worker characteristics2012(1)2013(p)
NumberNumberPercent

Total

6555100

Employee status

 

Wage and salary(2)

504582

Self-employed(3)

151018
 

Gender

 

Men

625091

Women

359
 

Age(4)

 

18 to 19 years

--24

20 to 24 years

6611

25 to 34 years

11815

35 to 44 years

11916

45 to 54 years

181629

55 to 64 years

111018

65 years and over

747
 

Race or ethnic origin(5)

 

White, non-Hispanic

504887

Black or African-American, non-Hispanic

--35

American Indian or Alaskan Native, non-Hispanic

335

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: Thursday, December 18, 2014