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17-127-CHI
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

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Fatal Work Injuries in Illinois — 2015

Fatal work injuries totaled 172 in 2015 for Illinois, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Assistant Commissioner for Regional Operations Charlene Peiffer noted that the number of work-related fatalities in Illinois was up from 164 in the previous 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 total of 4,836 fatal work injuries were recorded in 2015, a slight increase from the 4,821 fatal injuries in 2014, according to the results from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) program.

Type of incident

In Illinois, transportation incidents resulted in 59 fatal work injuries and falls, trips, or slips accounted for 33 fatalities. These two major categories accounted for 53 percent of all workplace fatalities in the state. (See table 1.) The number of worker deaths from transportation incidents remained the same over the year and worker fatalities due to falls, trips, or slips were little changed.

Contact with objects or equipment was the third-most frequent fatal work event with 29 fatalities, little changed from the prior year. Violence and other injuries by persons or animals resulted in 27 work-related deaths compared to 31 in 2014.

Nationally, transportation incidents were the most frequent fatal workplace event in 2015, accounting for approximately 42 percent of fatal work injuries. (See chart 2.) Falls, slips, or trips was the second-most frequent type of event (17 percent), followed by contact with objects and equipment (15 percent) and violence and other injuries by persons or animals (15 percent).

Industry

The private construction industry sector had the largest number of fatalities in Illinois with 38, up from 28 in the previous year. (See table 2.) Falls, slips, and trips was the most frequent fatal event in the construction sector with 12 worker deaths, followed by contact with objects and equipment with 10 fatalities. Seventy-one percent those fatally injured in this sector worked in specialty trade contracting.

The private transportation and warehousing sector had 22 workplace fatalities, down from 33 in the previous year. General freight trucking accounted for eight, or 36 percent, of the fatal injuries in this industry.

Occupation

Construction and extraction occupations and transportation and material moving occupations had the highest number of workplace fatalities with 39 and 34, respectively. (See table 3.) The majority of the fatalities within the construction and extraction group were construction trades workers (35). Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers accounted for 16 of the 34 fatalities among transportation and material moving workers.

Additional highlights

  • Men accounted for 94 percent of the work-related fatalities in Illinois, similar to the national share. (See table 4.) Transportation incidents made up 35 percent of the fatalities for men in Illinois.
  • White non-Hispanics accounted for 71 percent of those who died from a workplace injury. Nationwide, this group accounted for 67 percent of work-related deaths.
  • Workers 25-54 years old accounted for 55 percent of the state’s work-related fatalities in 2015, compared to 57 percent of on-the-job fatalities nationally.
  • Of the 172 fatal work injuries in Illinois, 77 percent worked for wages and salaries; the remainder were self-employed. The most frequent fatal event for both groups of workers was transportation incidents.

Change in the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) News Release Schedule

Beginning with the 2015 reference year, CFOI will publish a single, annual release with no revisions. A similar schedule will be followed in subsequent years. Preliminary releases, which normally appeared in August or September in past years, will no longer be produced.


Technical Note

Background of the program. The Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), part of the BLS Occupational Safety and Health Statistics (OSHS) program, compiles a count of all fatal work injuries occurring in the U.S. during the calendar year. The CFOI 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 the 2015 data, over 21,400 unique source documents were reviewed as part of the data collection process. For technical information and definitions for CFOI, 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. BLS thanks the Illinois Department of Public Health for their efforts in collecting accurate, comprehensive, and useful data on fatal work injuries. BLS also appreciates the efforts of all federal, state, local, and private sector entities that provided source documents used to identify fatal work injuries. Among these agencies are the Occupational Safety and Health Administration; the National Transportation Safety Board; the U.S. Coast Guard; the Mine Safety and Health Administration; the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (Federal Employees' Compensation and Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation divisions); the Federal Railroad Administration; the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; state vital statistics registrars, coroners, and medical examiners; state departments of health, labor, and industrial relations and workers' compensation agencies; state and local police departments; and state farm bureaus.

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, 2014–15
Event or exposure (1)20142015
NumberNumberPercent

Total

164172100

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals

312716

Intentional injury by person

272615

Homicides (Intentional injury by other person)

191810

Shooting by other person--intentional

13148

Suicides (Self-inflicted injury--intentional)

885

Transportation incidents

595934

Aircraft incidents

253

Pedestrian vehicular incident

874

Pedestrian struck by vehicle in nonroadway area

353

Roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicle

342917

Roadway collision with other vehicle

202012

Roadway collision--moving in same direction

6106

Roadway collision--moving in opposite directions, oncoming

763

Roadway collision with object other than vehicle

953

Vehicle struck object or animal on side of roadway

853

Nonroadway incident involving motorized land vehicles

9169

Nonroadway noncollision incident

8127

Jack-knifed or overturned, nonroadway

785

Fires and explosions

--53

Falls, slips, trips

303319

Falls on same level

574

Falls to lower level

242313

Other fall to lower level

192012

Other fall to lower level 21 to 25 feet

--11

Exposure to harmful substances or environments

111911

Exposure to electricity

495

Direct exposure to electricity

463

Direct exposure to electricity, greater than 220 volts

--53

Exposure to other harmful substances

574

Nonmedical use of drugs or alcohol--unintentional overdose

--74

Contact with objects and equipment

312917

Struck by object or equipment

212213

Struck by powered vehicle--nontransport

10138

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

895

Footnotes:
(1) Based on the BLS Occupational Injury and Illness Classification System (OIICS) 2.01 implemented for 2011 data forward.
 

NOTE: Data for all years are final. 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 2. Fatal occupational injuries by industry, Illinois, 2014–15
Industry (1)20142015
NumberNumberPercent

Total

164172100

Private industry

15315490

Natural resources and mining

271911

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

26169

Crop production

18116

Animal production and aquaculture

4----

Construction

283822

Construction

283822

Construction of buildings

663

Specialty trade contractors

182716

Foundation, structure, and building exterior contractors

9116

Roofing contractors

753

Building equipment contractors

5106

Electrical contractors

485

Manufacturing

13127

Manufacturing

13127

Trade, transportation, and utilities

554426

Wholesale trade

12106

Merchant wholesalers, durable goods

1053

Merchant wholesalers, nondurable goods

253

Retail trade

10116

Transportation and warehousing

332213

Truck transportation

19127

General freight trucking

885

Information

--11

Financial activities

811

Professional and business services

9148

Administrative and waste services

6116

Administrative and support services

595

Services to buildings and dwellings

363

Educational and health services

321

Leisure and hospitality

7148

Accommodation and food services

4106

Food services and drinking places

495

Restaurants and other eating places

374

Restaurants and other eating places

374

Full-service restaurants

--53

Other services, except public administration

295

Other services, except public administration

295

Repair and maintenance

263

Government (2)

111810

Federal government

111

State government

253

Local government

8127

Footnotes:
(1) Industry data are based on the North American Industry Classification System, 2012.
(2) Includes fatal injuries to workers employed by governmental organizations regardless of industry.
 

NOTE: Data for all years are final. 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, 2014–15
Occupation (1)20142015
NumberNumberPercent

Total

164172100

Management occupations

282112

Other management occupations

24169

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

20116

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

20116

Business and financial operations occupations

--11

Architecture and engineering occupations

132

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations

342

Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations

132

Protective service occupations

3106

Food preparation and serving related occupations

--42

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations

295

Grounds maintenance workers

253

Grounds maintenance workers

253

Landscaping and groundskeeping workers

153

Personal care and service occupations

--21

Sales and related occupations

1195

Supervisors of sales workers

453

First-line supervisors of sales workers

453

Office and administrative support occupations

432

Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations

563

Construction and extraction occupations

293923

Construction trades workers

233520

Construction laborers

5127

Construction laborers

5127

Electricians

363

Electricians

363

Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

11106

Other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

753

Production occupations

9127

Supervisors of production workers

--53

First-line supervisors of production and operating workers

--53

First-line supervisors of production and operating workers

--53

Transportation and material moving occupations

533420

Motor vehicle operators

372414

Driver/sales workers and truck drivers

322012

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

25169

Material moving workers

1085

Footnotes:
(1) Occupation data are based on the Standard Occupational Classification system, 2010.
 

NOTE: Data for all years are final. 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, 2014–15
Worker characteristics20142015
NumberNumberPercent

Total

164172100

Employee status

 

Wage and salary workers (1)

12113277

Self-employed (2)

434023

Gender

 

Men

14516294

Women

19106

Age (3)

 

Under 16 years

--11

16 to 17 years

1----

18 to 19 years

221

20 to 24 years

9159

25 to 34 years

181911

35 to 44 years

323118

45 to 54 years

474426

55 to 64 years

343319

65 years and over

212716

Race or ethnic origin (4)

 

White, non-Hispanic

12812271

Black or African-American, non-Hispanic

172414

Hispanic or Latino

161911

American Indian or Alaskan Native, non-Hispanic

------

Asian, non-Hispanic

363

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic

------

Footnotes:
(1) May include volunteers and workers receiving other types of compensation.
(2) 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.
(3) Information may not be available for all age groups.
(4) Persons identified as Hispanic or Latino may be of any race. The race categories shown exclude Hispanic and Latino workers.
 

NOTE: Data for all years are final. 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, February 22, 2017