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14-2140-CHI
Wednesday, December 03, 2014

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Fatal Work Injuries in Ohio — 2013

Fatal work injuries totaled 148 in 2013 for Ohio, 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 Ohio was 13 fewer than 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 4,405 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 late spring of 2015.

Of the 148 fatal work injuries reported in Ohio in 2013, 51 resulted from transportation incidents, 33 from falls, slips, or trips, and 30 from contact with objects and equipment. Together these three major categories accounted for more than three-quarters of all workplace fatalities. Other major event categories recorded 23 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 32 deaths. This category accounted for just over one-fifth of all work-related fatalities in the state. In the contact with objects and equipment and category, 21 of the 30 deaths occurred as a result of being struck by an object or equipment. In the falls, slips, or trips category, falls to a lower level accounted for 24 fatalities. (Note that transportation counts presented in this release are expected to rise when updated 2013 data are released in 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. Ohio’s share of fatalities due to this event was smaller at 34 percent. (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, similar to Ohio’s share at 16 percent. Contact with objects and 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 20 and 22 percent of workplace fatalities, respectively.

Additional key characteristics:

  • The transportation and warehousing industry had the largest number of workplace fatalities with 26, the same as the previous year. Transportation incidents accounted for 15 worker deaths in this industry. (See table 2.)
  • The construction industry and the manufacturing industry had the next highest counts with 19 fatalities each. Workplace fatalities in construction were lower than the previous year’s count of 29, while worker deaths in manufacturing were up by 5 compared to the previous year.
  • Transportation and material moving occupations had the highest number of fatal work injuries with 39. (See table 3.) The majority of these fatalities were heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers (25). Workers in construction had the next highest fatality count at 27. Nearly two-thirds (17) were construction trades workers.
  • Men accounted for 135, or 91 percent, of the work-related fatalities in the state. (See table 4.) Transportation incidents made up just over one-third of these fatalities.
  • In Ohio, 86 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 91, or just under two-thirds 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 148 fatal work injuries in Ohio, 78 percent worked for wages and salaries; the remaining were self-employed. The most frequent fatal event for the wages and salaries group was transportation incidents (43), while contact with equipment (10) was the most frequent cause of death in the self-employed group.

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

Total

161148100

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals

222316

Intentional injury by person

192316

Intentional injury by other person

151611

Shooting by other person--intentional

12128

Self-inflicted injury--intentional

475

Transportation incidents

575134

Pedestrian vehicular incident

543

Roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicle

363222

Roadway collision with other vehicle

162215

Roadway collision--moving in same direction

353

Roadway collision--moving perpendicularly

443

Roadway collision with object other than vehicle

1785

Vehicle struck object or animal on side of roadway

1775

Nonroadway incident involving motorized land vehicles

13117

Nonroadway noncollision incident

1096

Jack-knifed or overturned, nonroadway

675

Fires and Explosions

543

Falls, slips, trips

323322

Falls on same level

996

Falls to lower level

222416

Fall through surface or existing opening

343

Other fall to lower level

171812

Exposure to harmful substances or environments

1075

Exposure to other harmful substances

343

Nonmedical use of drugs or alcohol--unintentional overdose

343

Contact with objects and equipment

353020

Struck by object or equipment

182114

Struck by powered vehicle--nontransport

7117

Caught in or compressed by equipment or objects

1343

Caught in running equipment or machinery

843

Engulfment in other collapsing material

143

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

Total

161148100

Private industry

14813994

Natural resources and mining

222215

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

201812

Crop production

131611

Mining(3)

--43

Construction

291913

Construction

291913

Heavy and civil engineering construction

--43

Specialty trade contractors

20107

Manufacturing

141913

Manufacturing

141913

Trade, transportation, and utilities

414329

Wholesale trade

575

Merchant wholesalers, nondurable goods

553

Retail trade

8107

Transportation and warehousing

262618

Truck transportation

212215

Professional and business services

11107

Administrative and waste services

--96

Administrative and support services

985

Leisure and hospitality

16128

Accommodation and food services

1196

Food services and drinking places

985

Other services, except public administration

585

Other services, except public administration

585

Repair and maintenance

253

Government(4)

1396

Local government

975

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

Total

161148100

Management occupations

222215

Other management occupations

201913

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

15149

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

15149

Protective service occupations

653

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations

696

Grounds maintenance workers

453

Grounds maintenance workers

453

Sales and related occupations

5128

Supervisors of sales workers

485

First-line supervisors of sales workers

485

First-line supervisors of retail sales workers

475

Construction and extraction occupations

332718

Supervisors of construction and extraction workers

343

First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

--43

First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

--43

Construction trades workers

251711

Construction laborers

575

Construction laborers

575

Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

1196

Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers

353

Other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

543

Production occupations

9117

Metal workers and plastic workers

--43

Other production occupations

343

Transportation and material moving occupations

433926

Motor vehicle operators

303222

Driver/sales workers and truck drivers

283020

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

232517

Material moving workers

853

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, Ohio, 2012-2013
Worker characteristics2012(1)2013(p)
NumberNumberPercent

Total

161148100

Employee status

 

Wage and salary(2)

11711578

Self-employed(3)

443322

Gender

 

Men

14413591

Women

17139

Age(4)

 

25 to 34 years

182316

35 to 44 years

252618

45 to 54 years

384228

55 to 64 years

383624

65 years and over

271812

Race or ethnic origin(5)

 

White, non-Hispanic

13412786

Black or African-American, non-Hispanic

171510

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