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14-2285-CHI
Thursday, December 18, 2014

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Fatal Work Injuries in South Dakota — 2013

Fatal work injuries totaled 19 in 2013 for South 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 South Dakota declined by 12 over the year. Fatal occupational injuries in the state have ranged from a high of 46 in 1999 to this year’s series low of 19. (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 19 fatal work injuries reported in South Dakota in 2013, 12 resulted from transportation incidents, accounting for 63 percent of all fatal work injuries. (See table 1.) Other major event categories each reported two or fewer deaths. Within transportation incidents, roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicles was the most frequent type of workplace fatality with seven deaths. This category accounted for more than one-third of all on-the-job fatalities in the state. The second-largest event in transportation incidents, pedestrian vehicular incidents, accounted for three fatalities. (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. South Dakota’s 63-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 South Dakota for this event was 5 percent. Contact with objects and equipment and falls, slips, and trips each accounted for 16 percent of the nation’s workplace fatalities. In South Dakota, these events accounted for 5 and 11 percent of the state’s fatal injuries, respectively.

Additional key characteristics:

  • The agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting industry and the construction industry each had five workplace fatalities. These totals compared to the previous year when 10 fatal injuries occurred in agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting and 7 in construction. In 2013, transportation incidents accounted for three worker deaths in each of these industries. (See table 2.)
  • The management; construction and extraction; and transportation and material moving occupational groups each had four fatal work injuries. (See table 3.)
  • Men accounted for 18, or 95 percent, of the work-related fatalities in the state. (See table 4.) Transportation incidents made up 61 percent of these fatalities.
  • In South Dakota, 79 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 nine, or just under one-half 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 19 fatal work injuries in South Dakota, 79 percent worked for wages and salaries; the remaining were self-employed. The most frequent fatal event for wage and salary workers 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.

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

Total

3119100

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals

315

Intentional injury by person

315

Self-inflicted injury--intentional

115

Shooting--intentional self-harm

115

Transportation incidents

171263

Aircraft incidents

415

Other in-flight crash

415

Other in-flight crash into structure, object, or ground

415

Pedestrian vehicular incident

--316

Pedestrian struck by vehicle in nonroadway area

--316

Roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicle

10737

Roadway collision with other vehicle

4316

Roadway collision with object other than vehicle

--211

Vehicle struck object or animal on side of roadway

--211

Nonroadway incident involving motorized land vehicles

--15

Nonroadway noncollision incident

--15

Falls, slips, trips

4211

Falls to lower level

3211

Fall through surface or existing opening

--15

Fall through surface or existing opening 16 to 20 feet

--15

Other fall to lower level

315

Other fall to lower level 21 to 25 feet

--15

Exposure to harmful substances or environments

215

Exposure to electricity

--15

Indirect exposure to electricity

--15

Contact with objects and equipment

515

Struck by object or equipment

315

Struck by powered vehicle--nontransport

--15

Struck by other falling powered vehicle

--15

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

Total

3119100

Private industry

261684

Natural resources and mining

10526

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

10526

Crop production

5316

Oilseed and grain farming

115

Other crop farming

115

Animal production

315

Cattle ranching and farming

315

Support activities for agriculture and forestry

--15

Support activities for crop production

--15

Construction

7526

Construction

7526

Heavy and civil engineering construction

3316

Highway, street, and bridge construction

2316

Specialty trade contractors

3211

Foundation, structure, and building exterior contractors

--15

Building equipment contractors

315

Trade, transportation, and utilities

3421

Retail trade

2316

General merchandise stores

115

Other general merchandise stores

115

Professional and business services

415

Administrative and waste services

--15

Administrative and support services

415

Services to buildings and dwellings

315

Educational and health services

--15

Educational services

--15

Educational services

--15

Colleges, universities, and professional schools

--15

Government(3)

5316

Federal government

5211

State government

--15

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

Total

3119100

Management occupations

5421

Operations specialties managers

--15

Other management occupations

5316

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

5211

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

5211

Life, physical, and social science occupations

--211

Life scientists

--15

Life, physical, and social science technicians

--15

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations

--12

Education, training, and library occupations

--15

Postsecondary teachers

--15

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations

315

Building cleaning and pest control workers

215

Building cleaning workers

115

Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners

115

Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations

5211

Agricultural workers

3211

Miscellaneous agricultural workers

3211

Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse

215

Farmworkers, farm, ranch, and aquacultural animals

115

Construction and extraction occupations

7421

Construction trades workers

4421

Construction laborers

--316

Construction laborers

--316

Electricians

--15

Electricians

--15

Transportation and material moving occupations

1421

Air transportation workers

--15

Aircraft pilots and flight engineers

--15

Commercial pilots

--15

Motor vehicle operators

1316

Driver/sales workers and truck drivers

1316

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

Total

3119100

Employee status

 

Wage and salary(2)

221579

Self-employed(3)

9421
 

Gender

 

Men

281895

Women

315
 

Age(4)

 

18 to 19 years

--15

20 to 24 years

415

25 to 34 years

6211

35 to 44 years

5421

45 to 54 years

5316

55 to 64 years

5526

65 years and over

6316
 

Race or ethnic origin(5)

 

White, non-Hispanic

281579

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