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15-2090-CHI
Wednesday, December 02, 2015

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Fatal Work Injuries in Michigan — 2014

Fatal work injuries totaled 138 in 2014 for Michigan, 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 Michigan increased by 3 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 4,679 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 138 fatal work injuries reported in Michigan in 2014, 49 resulted from transportation incidents and 31 from violence and other injuries by persons or animals. Together these two major categories accounted for 58 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 23 deaths. In the violence and other injuries by persons or animals category, 26 of 31 deaths occurred as a result of intentional injury by person. (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 Michigan, 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 Michigan matched that of the nation. 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 accounted for 22 percent of workplace fatalities, while contact with objects and equipment was responsible for 15 percent of workplace fatalities.

Additional highlights:

  • The agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting industry had the largest number of fatalities in the state with 23, up from 16 the previous year. Violence and other injuries by persons or animals and contact with objects and equipment each accounted for seven fatalities in this industry. (See table 2.)
  • Construction had the second highest fatality count with 21, compared to 19 the previous year. Falls, slips, or trips accounted for 11 deaths in this industry.
  • Transportation and material moving occupations had the highest number of fatal work injuries with 31. Motor vehicle operators suffered 17 fatalities. (See table 3.)
  • Men accounted for 120, or 87 percent, of the work-related fatalities in the state. (See table 4.) Transportation incidents made up 34 percent of these fatalities.
  • In Michigan, 82 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 81, 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 138 fatal work injuries in Michigan, 66 percent worked for wages and salaries; the remainder 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 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, Michigan, 2013–14
Event or exposure (1)2013 (2)2014 (p)
NumberNumberPercent

Total

135138100

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals

403122

Intentional injury by person

362619

Homicides (Intentional injury by other person)

141813

Shooting by other person--intentional

141410

Suicides (Self-inflicted injury--intentional)

2286

Animal and insect related incidents

--54

Transportation incidents

434936

Aircraft incidents

--54

Pedestrian vehicular incident

9107

Pedestrian struck by vehicle in nonroadway area

554

Roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicle

252317

Roadway collision with other vehicle

16129

Roadway collision--moving perpendicularly

564

Roadway collision with object other than vehicle

586

Vehicle struck object or animal on side of roadway

464

Nonroadway incident involving motorized land vehicles

654

Fires and explosions

232

Falls, slips, trips

172317

Falls to lower level

141914

Other fall to lower level

101612

Exposure to harmful substances or environments

7118

Exposure to electricity

254

Exposure to other harmful substances

454

Contact with objects and equipment

252115

Struck by object or equipment

181410

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

1086

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, Michigan, 2013–14
Industry (1)2013 (2)2014 (p)
NumberNumberPercent

Total

135138100

Private industry

12212993

Natural resources and mining

172317

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

162317

Crop production

7107

Animal production and aquaculture

564

Cattle ranching and farming

--64

Dairy cattle and milk production

--54

Forestry and logging

454

Logging

454

Logging

454

Construction

192115

Construction

192115

Construction of buildings

686

Residential building construction

554

Residential building construction

554

Residential remodelers

--54

Specialty trade contractors

11129

Building equipment contractors

254

Manufacturing

10118

Manufacturing

10118

Trade, transportation, and utilities

363928

Wholesale trade

164

Retail trade

8139

Transportation and warehousing

271914

Truck transportation

14129

General freight trucking

986

General freight trucking, long-distance

675

General freight trucking, long-distance, truckload

564

Financial activities

854

Professional and business services

1275

Administrative and waste services

775

Administrative and support services

554

Educational and health services

554

Leisure and hospitality

1097

Accommodation and food services

464

Other services, except public administration

597

Other services, except public administration

597

Religious, grantmaking, civic, professional, and similar organizations

154

Government (3)

1397

Local government

654
 

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, Michigan, 2013–14
Occupation (1)2013 (2)2014 (p)
NumberNumberPercent

Total

135138100

Management occupations

162014

Other management occupations

141712

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

997

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

997

Business and financial operations occupations

3----

Community and social services occupations

--32

Legal occupations

1----

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations

443

Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations

311

Healthcare support occupations

1----

Protective service occupations

532

Food preparation and serving related occupations

132

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations

464

Personal care and service occupations

232

Sales and related occupations

1197

Retail sales workers

354

Office and administrative support occupations

554

Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations

7118

Agricultural workers

264

Miscellaneous agricultural workers

264

Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse

--54

Forest, conservation, and logging workers

554

Logging workers

554

Fallers

554

Construction and extraction occupations

241813

Construction trades workers

211410

Construction laborers

686

Construction laborers

686

Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

7118

Other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

364

Production occupations

686

Transportation and material moving occupations

313122

Motor vehicle operators

211712

Driver/sales workers and truck drivers

171511

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

151410

Material moving workers

897

Laborers and material movers, hand

654

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

654

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, Michigan, 2013–14
Worker characteristics2013 (1)2014 (p)
NumberNumberPercent

Total

135138100

Employee status

 

Wage and salary (2)

959166

Self-employed (3)

404734

Gender

 

Men

12212087

Women

131813

Age (4)

 

20 to 24 years

11118

25 to 34 years

242115

35 to 44 years

293022

45 to 54 years

223022

55 to 64 years

262518

65 years and over

212115

Race or ethnic origin (5)

 

White, non-Hispanic

10811382

Black or African-American, non-Hispanic

201410

Hispanic or Latino

364

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