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Thursday, February 23, 2017

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Fatal Work Injuries in Iowa — 2015

Fatal work injuries totaled 60 in 2015 for Iowa, 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 Iowa was down from 91 in the previous year. Fatal occupational injuries in the state have ranged from a high of 110 in 1992 to a low of 54 in 1995. (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 Iowa, transportation incidents resulted in 19 fatal work injuries. Contact with objects or equipment and falls, slips, or trips accounted for 17 and 16 fatal work injuries, respectively. These three major categories accounted for 87 percent of all workplace fatalities in the state. (See table 1.) The number of worker deaths from transportation incidents was down from 33 the previous year. Fatalities from contact with objects or equipment were little changed from the previous year, while fatalities from falls, slips, or trips were down by nine.

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 agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting industry sector had the largest number of fatalities in Iowa with 16, down from 28 the previous year. (See table 2.) Transportation incidents was the most frequent fatal event in the agriculture sector with seven worker deaths, followed by contact with objects and equipment with five fatalities. Forty-four percent of those fatally injured in this sector worked in cattle ranching and farming.

The private construction sector had 12 workplace fatalities, down from 20 the previous year. Specialty trade contractors accounted for 10, or 83 percent, of the fatal injuries in this industry.

Occupation

Management occupations had the highest number of workplace fatalities with 14. All of the fatalities within this group were farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers. The construction and extraction occupations and transportation and material moving occupations had 10 and 9 fatalities, respectively. (See table 3.) Construction laborers accounted for 5 of the 10 fatalities among construction and extraction workers. The majority of the fatalities within the transportation and material moving group were heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers (seven).

Additional highlights

  • Men accounted for 97 percent of the work-related fatalities in Iowa, higher than the 93-percent national share. (See table 4.) Transportation incidents made up 33 percent of the fatalities for men in Iowa.
  • White non-Hispanics accounted for 90 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 47 percent of the state’s work-related fatalities in 2015, compared to 57 percent of on-the-job fatalities nationally.
  • Of the 60 fatal work injuries in Iowa, 70 percent worked for wages and salaries; the remainder were self-employed. The most frequent fatal events for wage and salary workers were transportation incidents and falls, slips, and trips; transportation incidents and contact with objects and equipment were the most frequent fatal events for self-employed workers.

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

Total

9160100

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals

612

Intentional injury by person

--12

Homicides (Intentional injury by other person)

112

Shooting by other person--intentional

--12

Transportation incidents

331932

Aircraft incidents

112

Pedestrian struck by aircraft or propeller

--12

Roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicle

171220

Roadway collision with other vehicle

7813

Roadway collision--moving in opposite directions, oncoming

--35

Roadway collision--moving perpendicularly

247

Roadway noncollision incident

535

Ran off roadway

--12

Nonroadway incident involving motorized land vehicles

10610

Nonroadway noncollision incident

758

Jack-knifed or overturned, nonroadway

458

Fires and explosions

347

Explosions

135

Explosion of pressure vessel, piping, or tire

123

Falls, slips, trips

251627

Falls on same level

4712

Fall on same level due to tripping

--12

Falls to lower level

21915

Fall through surface or existing opening

1----

Fall through surface or existing opening 26 to 30 feet

--12

Other fall to lower level

19712

Other fall to lower level 11 to 15 feet

612

Other fall to lower level 21 to 25 feet

212

Other fall to lower level 26 to 30 feet

--12

Exposure to harmful substances or environments

5----

Exposure to other harmful substances

--23

Inhalation of harmful substance

123

Inhalation of harmful substance--single episode

123

Contact with objects and equipment

191728

Struck by object or equipment

10813

Struck by powered vehicle--nontransport

658

Struck or run over by rolling powered vehicle

312

Struck by falling part of powered vehicle still attached

--35

Struck by other falling powered vehicle

212

Struck by discharged or flying object

--12

Struck by discharged object or substance

--12

Caught in or compressed by equipment or objects

4----

Caught in running equipment or machinery

4----

Caught in running equipment or machinery during regular operation

212

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

5712

Excavation or trenching cave-in

--23

Engulfment in other collapsing material

--47

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, Iowa, 2014–15
Industry (1)20142015
NumberNumberPercent

Total

9160100

Private industry

875795

Natural resources and mining

291627

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

281627

Crop production

1458

Oilseed and grain farming

423

Corn farming

323

Animal production and aquaculture

131017

Cattle ranching and farming

5712

Hog and pig farming

123

Hog and pig farming

123

Support activities for agriculture and forestry

112

Support activities for crop production

112

Support activities for crop production

112

Soil preparation, planting, and cultivating

112

Construction

201220

Construction

201220

Heavy and civil engineering construction

312

Land subdivision

--12

Land subdivision

--12

Specialty trade contractors

141017

Foundation, structure, and building exterior contractors

11712

Framing contractors

223

Residential framing contractors

112

Roofing contractors

223

Nonresidential roofing contractors

--12

Other foundation, structure, and building exterior contractors

--12

Building equipment contractors

--23

Plumbing, heating, and air-conditioning contractors

--23

Residential plumbing, heating, and air-conditioning contractors

--12

Nonresidential plumbing, heating, and air-conditioning contractors

--12

Manufacturing

558

Manufacturing

558

Food manufacturing

------

Other food manufacturing

--23

All other food manufacturing

--23

Chemical manufacturing

112

Pesticide, fertilizer, and other agricultural chemical manufacturing

112

Fertilizer manufacturing

--12

Nitrogenous fertilizer manufacturing

--12

Trade, transportation, and utilities

171423

Wholesale trade

958

Merchant wholesalers, durable goods

412

Machinery, equipment, and supplies merchant wholesalers

212

Farm and garden machinery and equipment merchant wholesalers

112

Merchant wholesalers, nondurable goods

547

Farm product raw material merchant wholesalers

--47

Grain and field bean merchant wholesalers

--47

Retail trade

247

Motor vehicle and parts dealers

------

Automobile dealers

--12

New car dealers

--12

Transportation and warehousing

658

Truck transportation

435

Specialized freight trucking

--12

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

--12

Support activities for transportation

--12

Support activities for road transportation

--12

Motor vehicle towing

--12

Professional and business services

558

Professional and technical services

--12

Professional, scientific, and technical services

--12

Scientific research and development services

--12

Research and development in the physical, engineering, and life sciences

--12

Research and development in the physical, engineering, and life sciences (except biotechnology)

--12

Administrative and waste services

547

Administrative and support services

447

Employment services

112

Temporary help services

112

Services to buildings and dwellings

335

Landscaping services

235

Leisure and hospitality

412

Arts, entertainment, and recreation

212

Museums, historical sites, and similar institutions

--12

Museums, historical sites, and similar institutions

--12

Museums

--12

Other services, except public administration

--35

Other services, except public administration

--35

Repair and maintenance

--23

Automotive repair and maintenance

--23

Automotive mechanical and electrical repair and maintenance

--12

General automotive repair

--12

Automotive body, paint, interior, and glass repair

--12

Automotive body, paint, and interior repair and maintenance

--12

Religious, grantmaking, civic, professional, and similar organizations

--12

Religious organizations

--12

Religious organizations

--12

Government (2)

435

Local government

312

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, Iowa, 2014–15
Occupation (1)20142015
NumberNumberPercent

Total

9160100

Management occupations

251423

Other management occupations

251423

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

251423

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

251423

Business and financial operations occupations

--23

Business operations specialists

--23

Buyers and purchasing agents

--23

Buyers and purchasing agents, farm products

--23

Life, physical, and social science occupations

--12

Life scientists

--12

Agricultural and food scientists

--12

Soil and plant scientists

--12

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations

112

Entertainers and performers, sports and related workers

112

Athletes, coaches, umpires, and related workers

112

Coaches and scouts

--12

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations

358

Supervisors of building and grounds cleaning and maintenance workers

112

First-line supervisors of building and grounds cleaning and maintenance workers

112

First-line supervisors of housekeeping and janitorial workers

--12

Grounds maintenance workers

147

Grounds maintenance workers

147

Landscaping and groundskeeping workers

--35

Tree trimmers and pruners

112

Sales and related occupations

535

Retail sales workers

112

Retail salespersons

112

Retail salespersons

112

Office and administrative support occupations

3----

Information and record clerks

--12

Customer service representatives

--12

Customer service representatives

--12

Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations

235

Agricultural workers

235

Miscellaneous agricultural workers

235

Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse

135

Construction and extraction occupations

171017

Construction trades workers

111017

Carpenters

212

Carpenters

212

Construction laborers

358

Construction laborers

358

Roofers

--23

Roofers

--23

Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

6712

Supervisors of installation, maintenance, and repair workers

--12

First-line supervisors of mechanics, installers, and repairers

--12

First-line supervisors of mechanics, installers, and repairers

--12

Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers

347

Automotive technicians and repairers

--12

Automotive body and related repairers

--12

Miscellaneous vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers

--12

Tire repairers and changers

--12

Other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

3----

Control and valve installers and repairers

--12

Transportation and material moving occupations

22915

Motor vehicle operators

15712

Driver/sales workers and truck drivers

15712

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

11712

Material moving workers

623

Conveyor operators and tenders

--12

Conveyor operators and tenders

--12

Laborers and material movers, hand

412

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

312

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, Iowa, 2014–15
Worker characteristics20142015
NumberNumberPercent

Total

9160100

Employee status

 

Wage and salary workers (1)

504270

Self-employed (2)

411830

Gender

 

Men

865897

Women

5----

Age (3)

 

25 to 34 years

101118

35 to 44 years

18813

45 to 54 years

11915

55 to 64 years

211525

65 years and over

271525

Race or ethnic origin (4)

 

White, non-Hispanic

855490

Black or African-American, non-Hispanic

335

Hispanic or Latino

3----

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: Thursday, February 23, 2017