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15-2089-CHI
Wednesday, December 02, 2015

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Fatal Work Injuries in Illinois — 2014

Fatal work injuries totaled 163 in 2014 for Illinois, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Charlene Peiffer noted that while the 2014 count was preliminary, the number of work-related fatalities in Illinois decreased by 13 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 4,679 fatal work injuries were recorded in 2014, up from a revised count of 4,585 fatalities in 2013, according to results from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) program. Final 2014 CFOI data will be released in the late spring of 2016.

Of the 163 fatal work injuries reported in Illinois in 2014, transportation incidents were the most frequent fatal workplace event with 58. Violence and other injuries by persons or animals and contact with objects and equipment each recorded 31 work-related deaths. Falls, slips, or trips were responsible for 30 fatal work injuries. Together these four major categories accounted for 92 percent of all fatal work injuries reported in the state. (See table 1.)

Within transportation incidents, roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicles was the most frequent type of workplace fatality with 33 deaths. In the violence and other injuries by persons or animals category, 27 of 31 deaths occurred as a result of intentional injury by person. For the contact with objects and equipment, 21 of the 31 deaths occurred as a result of being struck by an object or equipment. Within the falls, slips, or trips category, 24 of 30 fatal work injuries were due to falls to a lower level. (Note that roadway incident counts presented in this release are expected to rise when updated 2014 data are released in the late spring of 2016 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 2014, accounting for 40 percent of fatal work injuries. In Illinois, transportation incidents accounted for 36 percent of the state’s share of fatalities. (See chart 2.) Falls, slips, or trips was the second most frequent type of event nationally, with 17 percent of work-related fatalities; the share in Illinois was 18 percent. Violence and other injuries by persons or animals and contact with objects or equipment accounted for 16 percent and 15 percent of the nation’s workplace fatalities, respectively. In the state, violence and other injuries by persons or animals and contact with objects and equipment were each responsible for 19 percent of workplace fatalities.

Additional highlights:

  • The transportation and warehousing industry had the largest number of fatalities in the state with 32, up from 19 the previous year. Transportation incidents accounted for 19 fatal work injuries. (See table 2.)
  • Construction had the second highest fatality count with 28, unchanged from the previous year. Falls, slips, or trips accounted for 12 deaths in this industry. The agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting industry had 26 work-related fatalities. Transportation incidents accounted for 11 workplace fatalities and contact with objects and equipment accounted for 9 deaths in this industry.
  • Transportation and material moving occupations had the highest number of fatal work injuries with 52. Motor vehicle operators suffered 36 fatalities. (See table 3.)
  • Men accounted for 144, or 88 percent, of the work-related fatalities in the state. (See table 4.) Transportation incidents made up 35 percent of these fatalities.
  • In Illinois, 77 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 96, or 59 percent, of the state’s work-related fatalities in 2014. Nationally, workers in this group accounted for 58 percent of on-the-job fatalities.
  • Of the 163 fatal work injuries in Illinois, 74 percent worked for wages and salaries; the remainder was 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 ensures 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/pdf/homch9.pdf.

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, Illinois, 2013–14
Event or exposure (1)2013 (2)2014 (p)
NumberNumberPercent

Total

176163100

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals

323119

Intentional injury by person

282717

Homicides (Intentional injury by other person)

161912

Shooting by other person--intentional

12138

Suicides (Self-inflicted injury--intentional)

1285

Transportation incidents

675836

Rail vehicle incidents

453

Pedestrian vehicular incident

1285

Roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicle

373320

Roadway collision with other vehicle

181912

Roadway collision--moving in same direction

--64

Roadway collision--moving in opposite directions, oncoming

964

Roadway collision with object other than vehicle

596

Vehicle struck object or animal on side of roadway

585

Roadway noncollision incident

1453

Nonroadway incident involving motorized land vehicles

996

Nonroadway noncollision incident

485

Jack-knifed or overturned, nonroadway

274

Fires and explosions

6----

Falls, slips, trips

213018

Falls on same level

453

Falls to lower level

172415

Other fall to lower level

141912

Exposure to harmful substances or environments

14117

Exposure to other harmful substances

553

Contact with objects and equipment

353119

Struck by object or equipment

232113

Struck by powered vehicle--nontransport

7106

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

1385

Caught in or compressed by equipment or objects

1074

Caught in running equipment or machinery

1074

Footnotes:
(1) Based on the BLS Occupational Injury and Illness Classification System (OIICS) 2.01 implemented for 2011 data forward.
(2) Totals for 2013 are revised and final.
(p) Data for 2014 are preliminary. Revised and final 2014 data are scheduled to be released in spring 2016.
 

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. Dashes indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication guidelines.
 

Table 2. Fatal occupational injuries by industry, Illinois, 2013–14
Industry (1)2013 (2)2014 (p)
NumberNumberPercent

Total

176163100

Private industry

16315293

Natural resources and mining

272717

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

212616

Crop production

141811

Construction

282817

Construction

282817

Construction of buildings

564

Specialty trade contractors

171811

Foundation, structure, and building exterior contractors

496

Roofing contractors

--74

Building equipment contractors

653

Manufacturing

20138

Manufacturing

20138

Food manufacturing

153

Trade, transportation, and utilities

385433

Wholesale trade

7127

Merchant wholesalers, durable goods

5106

Miscellaneous durable goods merchant wholesalers

--53

Retail trade

12106

Transportation and warehousing

193220

Truck transportation

131811

General freight trucking

574

Specialized freight trucking

8117

Specialized freight (except used goods) trucking, long-distance

6106

Support activities for transportation

--96

Information

3----

Financial activities

485

Professional and business services

2096

Administrative and waste services

1764

Administrative and support services

1653

Educational and health services

532

Leisure and hospitality

1374

Other services, except public administration

521

Government (3)

13117

Local government

1185

Footnotes:
(1) Industry data for 2013 are based on the North American Industry Classification System, 2007. Industry data for 2014 are based on the North American Industry Classification System, 2012.
(2) Totals for 2013 are revised and final.
(p) Data for 2014 are preliminary. Revised and final 2014 data are scheduled to be released in spring 2016.
(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. CFOI fatality counts exclude illness-related deaths unless precipitated by an injury event. Dashes indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.
 

Table 3. Fatal occupational injuries by occupation, Illinois, 2013–14
Occupation (1)2013 (2)2014 (p)
NumberNumberPercent

Total

176163100

Management occupations

252817

Other management occupations

232415

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

182012

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

182012

Computer and mathematical occupations

--11

Architecture and engineering occupations

--11

Life, physical, and social science occupations

1----

Community and social services occupations

2----

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations

532

Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations

--11

Healthcare support occupations

111

Protective service occupations

1032

Food preparation and serving related occupations

6----

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations

721

Personal care and service occupations

3----

Sales and related occupations

9117

Office and administrative support occupations

342

Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations

--53

Construction and extraction occupations

322918

Construction trades workers

242314

Construction laborers

1053

Construction laborers

1053

Roofers

--85

Roofers

--85

Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

9117

Other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

--74

Production occupations

1896

Other production occupations

953

Transportation and material moving occupations

415232

Motor vehicle operators

253622

Driver/sales workers and truck drivers

233119

Driver/sales workers

353

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

182415

Material moving workers

13106

Laborers and material movers, hand

874

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

664

Footnotes:
(1) Occupation data are based on the Standard Occupational Classification system, 2010.
(2) Totals for 2013 are revised and final.
(p) Data for 2014 are preliminary. Revised and final 2014 data are scheduled to be released in spring 2016.
 

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. Dashes indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.
 

Table 4. Fatal occupational injuries by worker characteristics, Illinois, 2013–14
Worker characteristics2013 (1)2014 (p)
NumberNumberPercent

Total

176163100

Employee status

 

Wage and salary (2)

12912074

Self-employed (3)

474326

Gender

 

Men

15914488

Women

171912

Age (4)

 

20 to 24 years

796

25 to 34 years

301811

35 to 44 years

403220

45 to 54 years

384628

55 to 64 years

383421

65 years and over

192113

Race or ethnic origin (5)

 

White, non-Hispanic

12512677

Black or African-American, non-Hispanic

181710

Hispanic or Latino

261610

Footnotes:
(1) Totals for 2013 are revised and final.
(p) Data for 2014 are preliminary. Revised and final 2014 data are scheduled to be released in spring 2016.
(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. CFOI fatality counts exclude illness-related deaths unless precipitated by an injury event. Dashes indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.
 

 

Last Modified Date: Wednesday, December 02, 2015