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17-1604-CHI
Friday, February 23, 2018

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Fatal Work Injuries in Illinois — 2016

Fatal work injuries totaled 171 in 2016 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 little changed from 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 5,190 fatal work injuries were recorded in 2016, a 7-percent increase from the 4,836 fatal injuries in 2015, according to the results from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) program. This was the third consecutive increase in annual workplace fatalities and the first time more than 5,000 fatalities have been recorded since 2008.

Type of incident

In Illinois, transportation incidents resulted in 54 fatal work injuries and falls, trips, or slips accounted for 37 fatalities. These two major categories accounted for 53 percent of all workplace fatalities in the state. (See table 1.) Over the year, the number of worker deaths from transportation incidents decreased from 59, while worker fatalities due to falls, trips, or slips was up from 33.

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals was the third-most frequent fatal work event with 35 fatalities, up from 27 in the prior year. Contact with objects or equipment resulted in 28 work-related deaths compared to 29 in 2015.

Nationally, transportation incidents were the most frequent fatal workplace event in 2016, accounting for 40 percent of fatal work injuries. (See chart 2.) Violence and other injuries by persons or animals was the second-most common fatal event (17 percent), followed by falls, slips, or trips (16 percent).

Industry

The private transportation and warehousing sector had the highest number of fatalities in Illinois with 35, up from 22 in the previous year. (See table 2.) Twenty of the 22 fatalities in the sector were the result of transportation incidents. Seventy-seven percent of those fatally injured in this sector worked in truck transportation.

The private construction sector had 29 workplace fatalities, down from 38 in the previous year. The specialty trade contractor industry accounted for 21, or 72 percent, of the fatal injuries in this sector.

Occupation

The transportation and material moving and construction and extraction occupational groups had the highest number of workplace fatalities with 51 and 31, respectively. (See table 3.) Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers suffered 36 of the work-related deaths within the transportation and material moving group. Construction trade workers accounted for 22 of the 31 fatalities among construction and extraction workers.

Additional highlights

  • Men accounted for 92 percent of the work-related fatalities in Illinois, similar to the 93-percent national share. (See table 4.) Transportation incidents made up 32 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 54 percent of the state’s work-related fatalities in 2016, compared to 57 percent of on-the-job fatalities nationally.
  • Of the 171 fatally-injured workers in Illinois, 75 percent worked for wages and salaries; the remainder were self-employed. The most frequent fatal event for both groups of workers was transportation incidents.

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 2016 national data, over 23,300 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 website at www.bls.gov/opub/hom/cfoi/home.htm.

Federal/State agency coverage. The CFOI includes data for all fatal work injuries, even those that may be outside the scope of other agencies or 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. More on the scope of CFOI can be found at www.bls.gov/iif/cfoiscope.htm.

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, 2015–16
Event or exposure (1)20152016
NumberNumberPercent

Total

172171100

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals

273520

Intentional injury by person

263219

Homicides (Intentional injury by other person)

182213

Shooting by other person--intentional

141811

Suicides (Self-inflicted injury--intentional)

8106

Shooting--intentional self-harm

353

Hanging, strangulation, asphyxiation--intentional self-harm

342

Animal and insect related incidents

--32

Bites and stings

--32

Transportation incidents

595432

Pedestrian vehicular incident

795

Pedestrian struck by vehicle in work zone

--32

Pedestrian struck by vehicle in nonroadway area

553

Roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicle

293722

Roadway collision with other vehicle

202112

Roadway collision--moving in same direction

1074

Roadway collision--moving in opposite directions, oncoming

685

Roadway collision--moving perpendicularly

353

Roadway collision with object other than vehicle

5106

Vehicle struck object or animal on side of roadway

585

Roadway noncollision incident

464

Jack-knifed or overturned, roadway

364

Nonroadway incident involving motorized land vehicles

1664

Nonroadway noncollision incident

1232

Fires and explosions

532

Falls, slips, trips

333722

Falls on same level

7116

Fall on same level due to tripping

--42

Falls to lower level

232414

Fall through surface or existing opening

232

Other fall to lower level

201911

Other fall to lower level less than 6 feet

--42

Other fall to lower level 11 to 15 feet

--42

Exposure to harmful substances or environments

19148

Exposure to electricity

932

Exposure to other harmful substances

7106

Nonmedical use of drugs or alcohol--unintentional overdose

785

Contact with objects and equipment

292816

Struck by object or equipment

222213

Struck by powered vehicle--nontransport

13106

Struck by powered vehicle tipping over--nontransport

132

Struck by other falling powered vehicle

432

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

995

Caught in or compressed by equipment or objects

442

Caught in running equipment or machinery

342

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, 2015–16
Industry (1)20152016
NumberNumberPercent

Total

172171100

Private industry

15416194

Natural resources and mining

191911

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

161710

Crop production

11148

Oilseed and grain farming

232

Corn farming

132

Construction

382917

Construction

382917

Construction of buildings

632

Heavy and civil engineering construction

453

Utility system construction

--32

Specialty trade contractors

272112

Foundation, structure, and building exterior contractors

11106

Structural steel and precast concrete contractors

342

Building equipment contractors

1042

Electrical contractors

832

Building finishing contractors

453

Manufacturing

1295

Manufacturing

1295

Trade, transportation, and utilities

445834

Wholesale trade

10116

Merchant wholesalers, durable goods

553

Machinery, equipment, and supplies merchant wholesalers

--32

Merchant wholesalers, nondurable goods

564

Retail trade

11116

Transportation and warehousing

223520

Truck transportation

122716

General freight trucking

8159

General freight trucking, local

374

General freight trucking, long-distance

474

Specialized freight trucking

3116

Specialized freight (except used goods) trucking, local

--32

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

385

Financial activities

132

Real estate and rental and leasing

--32

Professional and business services

14148

Professional and technical services

342

Professional, scientific, and technical services

342

Administrative and waste services

11106

Administrative and support services

985

Services to buildings and dwellings

642

Landscaping services

432

Educational and health services

253

Health care and social assistance

242

Leisure and hospitality

14116

Arts, entertainment, and recreation

442

Performing arts, spectator sports, and related industries

142

Spectator sports

--32

Spectator sports

--32

Accommodation and food services

1074

Food services and drinking places

964

Restaurants and other eating places

742

Restaurants and other eating places

742

Full-service restaurants

532

Other services, except public administration

9116

Other services, except public administration

9116

Repair and maintenance

664

Automotive repair and maintenance

364

Automotive mechanical and electrical repair and maintenance

--32

General automotive repair

--32

Automotive body, paint, interior, and glass repair

--32

Personal and laundry services

--32

Government (2)

18106

Local government

1285
 

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, 2015–16
Occupation (1)20152016
NumberNumberPercent

Total

172171100

Management occupations

211911

Other management occupations

161811

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

11148

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

11148

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations

432

Entertainers and performers, sports and related workers

--32

Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations

332

Protective service occupations

1085

Law enforcement workers

332

Other protective service workers

353

Security guards and gaming surveillance officers

--42

Security guards

--42

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations

964

Grounds maintenance workers

532

Grounds maintenance workers

532

Personal care and service occupations

253

Sales and related occupations

9127

Supervisors of sales workers

574

First-line supervisors of sales workers

574

First-line supervisors of retail sales workers

353

Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations

642

Agricultural workers

432

Miscellaneous agricultural workers

432

Construction and extraction occupations

393118

Supervisors of construction and extraction workers

--42

First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

--42

First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

--42

Construction trades workers

352213

Carpenters

364

Carpenters

364

Construction laborers

1285

Construction laborers

1285

Electricians

632

Electricians

632

Extraction workers

232

Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

10148

Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers

485

Automotive technicians and repairers

--53

Automotive service technicians and mechanics

--42

Other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

564

Line installers and repairers

132

Production occupations

1264

Metal workers and plastic workers

332

Transportation and material moving occupations

345130

Motor vehicle operators

244325

Driver/sales workers and truck drivers

204124

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

163621

Light truck or delivery services drivers

--42

Material moving workers

885

Laborers and material movers, hand

353

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

--53

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

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 selected demographic characteristics, Illinois, 2015–16
Worker characteristics20152016
NumberNumberPercent

Total

172171100

Employee status

 

Wage and salary workers (1)

13212975

Self-employed (2)

404225

Gender

 

Men

16215792

Women

10148

Age (3)

 

20 to 24 years

1585

25 to 34 years

192515

35 to 44 years

313319

45 to 54 years

443520

55 to 64 years

334828

65 years and over

272112

Race or ethnic origin (4)

 

White, non-Hispanic

12212271

Black or African-American, non-Hispanic

241911

Hispanic or Latino

192716

Asian, non-Hispanic

632

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: Friday, February 23, 2018