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Wednesday, December 02, 2015

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Fatal Work Injuries in Ohio — 2014

Fatal work injuries totaled 184 in 2014 for Ohio, 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 Ohio increased by 35 over the 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 4,679 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 184 fatal work injuries reported in Ohio in 2014, 62 resulted from transportation incidents, 35 from contact with objects and equipment, and 34 from falls, slips, or trips. Together these three major categories accounted for over 70 percent of all fatal work injuries reported in the state. (See table 1.) Other major event categories each reported 31 or fewer deaths.

Within transportation incidents, roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicles was the most frequent type of workplace fatality with 33 deaths, accounting for 18 percent of all on-the-job fatalities in the state. In the contact with objects and equipment category, 20 workplace fatalities occurred as a result of being struck by an object or equipment. In the falls, slips, or trips category, 23 deaths occurred from 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 Ohio, transportation incidents accounted for 34 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 Ohio 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 accounted for 17 percent of workplace fatalities, while contact with objects and equipment was responsible for 19 percent of workplace fatalities.

Additional highlights:

  • The construction industry had the largest number of fatalities in the state with 38, compared to 19 the previous year. Falls, slips, or trips accounted for 13 fatal work injuries in this industry (See table 2.)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting had the second highest fatality count with 29, followed by transportation and warehousing with 23 worker deaths. Transportation incidents accounted for the largest number deaths in each of these industries.
  • Transportation and material moving occupations had the highest number of fatal work injuries with 46. Motor vehicle operators suffered 36 fatalities and material moving workers, 7 deaths. (See table 3.)
  • Men accounted for 168, or 91 percent, of the work-related fatalities in the state. (See table 4.) Transportation incidents made up 33 percent of these fatalities.
  • In Ohio, 88 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 109, 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 184 fatal work injuries in Ohio, 71 percent worked for wages and salaries; the remainder were self-employed. The most frequent fatal event for 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, Ohio, 2013–14
Event or exposure (1)2013 (2)2014 (p)
NumberNumberPercent

Total

149184100

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals

233117

Intentional injury by person

232815

Homicides (Intentional injury by other person)

161810

Shooting by other person--intentional

12179

Suicides (Self-inflicted injury--intentional)

7105

Hanging, strangulation, asphyxiation--intentional self-harm

453

Transportation incidents

526234

Pedestrian vehicular incident

4116

Roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicle

333318

Roadway collision with other vehicle

221910

Roadway collision--moving in same direction

563

Roadway collision--moving perpendicularly

453

Roadway collision with object other than vehicle

995

Vehicle struck object or animal on side of roadway

895

Roadway noncollision incident

--53

Nonroadway incident involving motorized land vehicles

11158

Nonroadway noncollision incident

9127

Jack-knifed or overturned, nonroadway

784

Fires and explosions

453

Falls, slips, trips

333418

Falls on same level

995

Falls to lower level

242313

Other fall to lower level

181810

Exposure to harmful substances or environments

7179

Exposure to other harmful substances

4148

Nonmedical use of drugs or alcohol--unintentional overdose

4105

Contact with objects and equipment

303519

Struck by object or equipment

212011

Struck by powered vehicle--nontransport

1184

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

5105

Caught in or compressed by equipment or objects

4105

Caught in running equipment or machinery

495

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

553

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

Total

149184100

Private industry

14017092

Natural resources and mining

223318

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

182916

Crop production

162614

Construction

193821

Construction

193821

Construction of buildings

384

Residential building construction

184

Residential building construction

184

Residential remodelers

153

Heavy and civil engineering construction

474

Specialty trade contractors

102313

Building finishing contractors

174

Other specialty trade contractors

484

Site preparation contractors

474

Manufacturing

192011

Manufacturing

192011

Primary metal manufacturing

253

Trade, transportation, and utilities

444223

Wholesale trade

784

Merchant wholesalers, durable goods

--74

Retail trade

10116

Transportation and warehousing

272313

Truck transportation

23148

General freight trucking

18105

General freight trucking, long-distance

1474

Transit and ground passenger transportation

353

Information

2----

Financial activities

132

Professional and business services

1095

Administrative and waste services

974

Administrative and support services

874

Services to buildings and dwellings

353

Landscaping services

253

Educational and health services

374

Health care and social assistance

--53

Leisure and hospitality

12116

Accommodation and food services

974

Food services and drinking places

863

Other services, except public administration

874

Other services, except public administration

874

Government (3)

9148

Local government

7116

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

Total

149184100

Management occupations

222614

Other management occupations

192514

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

142111

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

142111

Computer and mathematical occupations

111

Life, physical, and social science occupations

1----

Community and social services occupations

111

Legal occupations

111

Education, training, and library occupations

--21

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations

311

Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations

--42

Healthcare support occupations

--11

Protective service occupations

542

Food preparation and serving related occupations

321

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations

995

Grounds maintenance workers

563

Grounds maintenance workers

563

Landscaping and groundskeeping workers

353

Personal care and service occupations

--11

Sales and related occupations

1284

Supervisors of sales workers

874

First-line supervisors of sales workers

874

Office and administrative support occupations

--42

Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations

284

Agricultural workers

263

Miscellaneous agricultural workers

263

Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse

153

Construction and extraction occupations

273217

Construction trades workers

172614

Construction laborers

7127

Construction laborers

7127

Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

91810

Other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

4105

Production occupations

11116

Metal workers and plastic workers

474

Transportation and material moving occupations

404625

Motor vehicle operators

333620

Driver/sales workers and truck drivers

312916

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

262313

Taxi drivers and chauffeurs

253

Taxi drivers and chauffeurs

253

Material moving workers

574

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

Total

149184100

Employee status

 

Wage and salary (2)

11513071

Self-employed (3)

345429

Gender

 

Men

13616891

Women

13169

Age (4)

 

25 to 34 years

243318

35 to 44 years

263016

45 to 54 years

424625

55 to 64 years

363519

65 years and over

183519

Race or ethnic origin (5)

 

White, non-Hispanic

12716288

Black or African-American, non-Hispanic

16169

Hispanic or Latino

--32

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