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15-1993-CHI
Thursday, December 10, 2015

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Fatal Work Injuries in North Dakota — 2014

Fatal work injuries totaled 38 in 2014 for North Dakota, 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 North Dakota decreased by 18 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 4,679 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 38 fatal work injuries reported in North Dakota in 2014, 17 resulted from transportation incidents and 10 from contact with objects and equipment. Together these two major categories accounted for almost three-quarters of 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 nine deaths. This category accounted for almost one-quarter of all on-the-job fatalities in the state. For the contact with objects and equipment category, 6 of the 10 deaths occurred as a result of being struck by an object or equipment. (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 North Dakota, transportation incidents accounted for 45 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 North Dakota was 16 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, contact with objects and equipment was responsible for 26 percent of workplace fatalities.

Additional highlights:

  • The construction industry had the largest number of fatalities in the state with 10, little changed from 11 the previous year. Transportation incidents accounted for five fatal work injuries in this industry. (See table 2.)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting and mining each had the second highest fatality count with eight. Contact with objects and equipment accounted for five of the deaths in the agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting industry. Transportation incidents accounted for three of the deaths in the mining industry.
  • Construction occupations had the highest number of fatal work injuries with 12. Extraction workers suffered five deaths and construction trades workers, four fatalities. (See table 3.)
  • Men accounted for all 38 of the work-related fatalities in the state. (See table 4.) Transportation incidents made up 45 percent of these fatalities.
  • In North Dakota, 89 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 21, or 55 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 38 fatal work injuries in North Dakota, 63 percent worked for wages and salaries; the remainder was self-employed. The most frequent fatal event for both wage and salary workers and for 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, North Dakota, 2013–14
Event or exposure (1)2013 (2)2014 (p)
NumberNumberPercent

Total

5638100

Transportation incidents

321745

Rail vehicle incidents

--411

Collision between rail vehicle and another vehicle

--411

Collision between rail and roadway vehicles

--38

Roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicle

27924

Roadway collision with other vehicle

16718

Roadway collision--moving in opposite directions, oncoming

613

Roadway collision--moving perpendicularly

6411

Nonroadway incident involving motorized land vehicles

325

Nonroadway noncollision incident

--25

Jack-knifed or overturned, nonroadway

125

Falls, slips, trips

5616

Falls to lower level

5513

Other fall to lower level

5513

Exposure to harmful substances or environments

--38

Exposure to other harmful substances

--38

Contact with objects and equipment

131026

Struck by object or equipment

9616

Struck by powered vehicle--nontransport

538

Struck, caught, or crushed in collapsing structure, equipment, or material

138

Engulfment in other collapsing material

--38

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

Total

5638100

Private industry

523797

Natural resources and mining

221642

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

10821

Crop production

5513

Oilseed and grain farming

--38

Wheat farming

--13

Corn farming

--25

Animal production and aquaculture

438

Cattle ranching and farming

438

Beef cattle ranching and farming, including feedlots

--13

Beef cattle ranching and farming

--13

Mining (3)

12821

Oil and gas extraction

--13

Oil and gas extraction

--13

Oil and gas extraction

--13

Crude petroleum and natural gas extraction

--13

Support activities for mining

11718

Support activities for mining

11718

Support activities for mining

11718

Support activities for oil and gas operations

11513

Construction

111026

Construction

111026

Construction of buildings

--13

Residential building construction

--13

Residential building construction

--13

Residential remodelers

--13

Specialty trade contractors

6821

Electrical contractors

--13

Other specialty trade contractors

--411

All other specialty trade contractors

--25

Trade, transportation, and utilities

13718

Transportation and warehousing

8513

Truck transportation

6513

General freight trucking

--38

Professional and business services

4----

Professional and technical services

--13

Professional, scientific, and technical services

--13

Architectural, engineering, and related services

--13

Engineering services

--13

Leisure and hospitality

--13

Accommodation and food services

--13

Food services and drinking places

--13

Drinking places (alcoholic beverages)

--13

Drinking places (alcoholic beverages)

--13

Government (4)

413

Local government

113

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 at all establishments categorized as Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (Sector 21) in the North American Industry Classification System, 2012, 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. 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, North Dakota, 2013–14
Occupation (1)2013 (2)2014 (p)
NumberNumberPercent

Total

5638100

Management occupations

8718

Other management occupations

8718

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

8616

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

8616

Food service managers

--13

Food service managers

--13

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations

113

Grounds maintenance workers

--13

Grounds maintenance workers

--13

Construction and extraction occupations

161232

Supervisors of construction and extraction workers

338

First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

338

First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

338

Construction trades workers

7411

Construction laborers

--38

Construction laborers

--38

Electricians

413

Electricians

413

Extraction workers

6513

Derrick, rotary drill, and service unit operators, oil, gas, and mining

--411

Roustabouts, oil and gas

313

Roustabouts, oil and gas

313

Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

5411

Other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

--38

Transportation and material moving occupations

15616

Motor vehicle operators

12616

Driver/sales workers and truck drivers

12616

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

11616

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

Total

5638100

Employee status

 

Wage and salary (2)

462463

Self-employed (3)

101437

Gender

 

Men

5138100

Women

5----

Age (4)

 

Under 16 years

--13

16 to 17 years

------

18 to 19 years

2----

20 to 24 years

638

25 to 34 years

8924

35 to 44 years

938

45 to 54 years

16924

55 to 64 years

11718

65 years and over

4616

Race or ethnic origin (5)

 

White, non-Hispanic

493489

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: Thursday, December 10, 2015