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17-1605-CHI
Thursday, February 22, 2018

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Fatal Work Injuries in Iowa — 2016

Fatal work injuries totaled 76 in 2016 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 increased from 60 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 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 Iowa, transportation incidents resulted in 36 fatal work injuries. Falls, slips, or trips and contact with objects or equipment accounted for 15 and 11 fatal work injuries, respectively. These three major categories accounted for 82 percent of all workplace fatalities in the state. (See table 1.) The number of worker deaths from transportation incidents was up from 19 the previous year. Fatalities from falls, slips, or trips were little changed from the previous year, while fatalities from contact with objects or equipment were down by six.

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 agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting industry sector had the largest number of fatalities in Iowa with 19, up from 16 the previous year. (See table 2.) Transportation incidents was the most frequent fatal event in the agriculture sector with 13 worker deaths. Fifty-three percent of those fatally injured in this sector worked in crop production.

The private construction sector had 13 workplace fatalities, little changed from the previous year. Specialty trade contractors accounted for 7, or 54 percent, of the fatal injuries in this industry.

Occupation

Transportation and material moving occupations had the highest number of workplace fatalities with 24. Over half of the fatalities within this group were heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers (13). Management occupations and construction and extraction occupations had 12 and 11 fatalities, respectively. (See table 3.) Almost all of the fatalities within the management group were farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers (11). Construction laborers accounted for 4 of the 11 fatalities among construction and extraction workers.

Additional highlights

  • Men accounted for 91 percent of the work-related fatalities in Iowa, similar to the 93-percent national share. (See table 4.) Transportation incidents made up 45 percent of the fatalities for men in Iowa.
  • White non-Hispanics accounted for 86 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 49 percent of the state’s work-related fatalities in 2016, compared to 57 percent of on-the-job fatalities nationally. Workers age 55 years and over made up 43 percent of fatalities in Iowa, higher than the 36-percent national share.
  • Of the 76 fatally-injured workers in Iowa, 72 percent worked for wages and salaries; the remainder were self-employed. The most frequent fatal event for both groups of workers was transportation incidents followed by falls, slips, or trips.

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 national 2016 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 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.

Table 1. Fatal occupational injuries by event or exposure, Iowa, 2015–16
Event or exposure (1)20152016
NumberNumberPercent

Total

6076100

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals

1811

Intentional injury by person

145

Injury by person--unintentional or intent unknown

--11

Self-inflicted injury--unintentional or intent unknown

--11

Self-inflicted shooting--unintentional

--11

Animal and insect related incidents

--34

Transportation incidents

193647

Aircraft incidents

145

Rail vehicle incidents

--11

Pedestrian struck by rail vehicle--transportation incident

--11

Pedestrian vehicular incident

--45

Pedestrian struck by vehicle in nonroadway area

------

Pedestrian struck by forward-moving vehicle in nonroadway area

--11

Roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicle

122229

Roadway collision with other vehicle

81216

Roadway collision--moving in same direction

--34

Roadway collision--moving in opposite directions, oncoming

345

Roadway collision with object other than vehicle

--45

Vehicle struck object or animal on side of roadway

--34

Roadway noncollision incident

368

Jack-knifed or overturned, roadway

--57

Ran off roadway

111

Nonroadway incident involving motorized land vehicles

657

Nonroadway noncollision incident

545

Jack-knifed or overturned, nonroadway

534

Falls, slips, trips

161520

Falls on same level

734

Falls to lower level

91216

Other fall to lower level

71114

Other fall to lower level 11 to 15 feet

111

Other fall to lower level 16 to 20 feet

--11

Other fall to lower level more than 30 feet

--34

Exposure to harmful substances or environments

--45

Exposure to other harmful substances

234

Contact with objects and equipment

171114

Struck by object or equipment

8811

Struck by powered vehicle--nontransport

557

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

--34

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, 2015–16
Industry (1)20152016
NumberNumberPercent

Total

6076100

Private industry

576991

Natural resources and mining

162026

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

161925

Crop production

51013

Oilseed and grain farming

257

Corn farming

245

Animal production and aquaculture

1068

Cattle ranching and farming

757

Beef cattle ranching and farming, including feedlots

--23

Cattle feedlots

--23

Hog and pig farming

211

Construction

121317

Construction

121317

Construction of buildings

--23

Residential building construction

--11

Residential building construction

--11

Residential remodelers

--11

Nonresidential building construction

--11

Commercial and institutional building construction

--11

Heavy and civil engineering construction

134

Specialty trade contractors

1079

Foundation, structure, and building exterior contractors

745

Structural steel and precast concrete contractors

--11

Nonresidential structural steel and precast concrete contractors

--11

Masonry contractors

--11

Roofing contractors

211

Building finishing contractors

--11

Painting and wall covering contractors

--11

Other specialty trade contractors

--23

Site preparation contractors

--23

Nonresidential site preparation contractors

--11

Manufacturing

557

Manufacturing

557

Food manufacturing

--45

Grain and oilseed milling

--11

Starch and vegetable fats and oils manufacturing

--11

Wet corn milling

--11

Fruit and vegetable preserving and specialty food manufacturing

--11

Fruit and vegetable canning, pickling, and drying

--11

Dried and dehydrated food manufacturing

--11

Bakeries and tortilla manufacturing

--11

Cookie, cracker, and pasta manufacturing

--11

Cookie and cracker manufacturing

--11

Nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing

--11

Cement and concrete product manufacturing

--11

Ready-mix concrete manufacturing

--11

Trade, transportation, and utilities

141925

Wholesale trade

557

Merchant wholesalers, durable goods

1----

Motor vehicle and motor vehicle parts and supplies merchant wholesalers

--11

Tire and tube merchant wholesalers

--11

Merchant wholesalers, nondurable goods

434

Petroleum and petroleum products merchant wholesalers

--11

Petroleum bulk stations and terminals

--11

Retail trade

434

Motor vehicle and parts dealers

------

Other motor vehicle dealers

--11

Motorcycle, boat, and other motor vehicle dealers

--11

General merchandise stores

--11

Other general merchandise stores

--11

Warehouse clubs and supercenters

--11

Transportation and warehousing

51013

Truck transportation

3912

General freight trucking

--57

General freight trucking, long-distance

--45

General freight trucking, long-distance, less than truckload

--34

Specialized freight trucking

145

Specialized freight (except used goods) trucking, local

--11

Professional and business services

545

Administrative and waste services

445

Administrative and support services

411

Services to buildings and dwellings

311

Landscaping services

311

Waste management and remediation services

--34

Waste collection

--34

Waste collection

--34

Solid waste collection

--34

Educational and health services

--45

Health care and social assistance

--45

Hospitals

--11

General medical and surgical hospitals

--11

Nursing and residential care facilities

------

Continuing care retirement communities and assisted living facilities for the elderly

--11

Continuing care retirement communities and assisted living facilities for the elderly

--11

Assisted living facilities for the elderly

--11

Social assistance

--11

Individual and family services

--11

Other services, except public administration

323

Other services, except public administration

323

Repair and maintenance

211

Commercial machinery repair and maintenance

--11

Religious, grantmaking, civic, professional, and similar organizations

111

Business, professional, labor, political, and similar organizations

--11

Political organizations

--11

Government (2)

379

Local government

168
 

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, 2015–16
Occupation (1)20152016
NumberNumberPercent

Total

6076100

Management occupations

141216

Other management occupations

141216

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

141114

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

141114

Construction managers

--11

Construction managers

--11

Healthcare support occupations

--34

Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides

--34

Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides

--34

Protective service occupations

--79

Law enforcement workers

--57

Police officers

--57

Police and sheriff's patrol officers

--57

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations

5----

Supervisors of building and grounds cleaning and maintenance workers

111

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

111

First-line supervisors of landscaping, lawn service, and groundskeeping workers

--11

Sales and related occupations

334

Office and administrative support occupations

--11

Information and record clerks

111

Miscellaneous information and record clerks

--11

Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations

357

Agricultural workers

357

Miscellaneous agricultural workers

357

Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse

311

Farmworkers, farm, ranch, and aquacultural animals

--45

Construction and extraction occupations

101114

Supervisors of construction and extraction workers

--11

First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

--11

First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

--11

Construction trades workers

10912

Brickmasons, blockmasons, and stonemasons

--11

Brickmasons and blockmasons

--11

Construction laborers

545

Construction laborers

545

Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

--11

Pipelayers

--11

Roofers

211

Roofers

211

Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

745

Electrical and electronic equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers

--11

Miscellaneous electrical and electronic equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers

--11

Electrical and electronics repairers, commercial and industrial equipment

--11

Transportation and material moving occupations

92432

Motor vehicle operators

71722

Driver/sales workers and truck drivers

71722

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

71317

Material moving workers

245

Laborers and material movers, hand

111

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

111

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, Iowa, 2015–16
Worker characteristics20152016
NumberNumberPercent

Total

6076100

Employee status

 

Wage and salary workers (1)

425572

Self-employed (2)

182128

Gender

 

Men

586991

Women

--79

Age (3)

 

20 to 24 years

--57

25 to 34 years

111216

35 to 44 years

81317

45 to 54 years

91216

55 to 64 years

151621

65 years and over

151722

Race or ethnic origin (4)

 

White, non-Hispanic

546586

Black or African-American, non-Hispanic

345

Hispanic or Latino

--45

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 22, 2018