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17-1606-CHI
Monday, February 26, 2018

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Fatal Work Injuries in Michigan — 2016

Fatal work injuries totaled 162 in 2016 for Michigan, 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 Michigan was up from 134 in the previous year. Fatal occupational injuries in the state have ranged from a high of 182 in 1999 to a low of 94 in 2009. (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 Michigan, transportation incidents resulted in 50 fatal work injuries and violence or other injuries by persons or animals accounted for 37 fatalities. These two major categories accounted for 54 percent of all workplace fatalities in the state. (See table 1.) The number of worker deaths from transportation incidents were up from 45 over the year and worker fatalities due to violence or other injuries by persons or animals were little changed.

Falls, slips, or trips was the third-most frequent fatal work event with 31 fatalities, up from 19 in the prior year. Exposure to harmful substances or environments resulted in 23 work-related deaths, up from 10 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 construction industry sector had the highest number of fatalities in Michigan with 40, up from 22 in the previous year. (See table 2.) The most frequent fatal event was transportation incidents with 16 worker deaths, followed by falls, slips, or trips with 15 fatalities. Seventy-eight percent of those fatally injured in this sector worked in the specialty trade contractor industry.

The private agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting sector had 19 workplace fatalities, down from 23 in the previous year. Crop production accounted for 12, or 63 percent, of the fatal injuries in this sector.

Occupation

The construction and extraction and transportation and material moving occupational groups had the highest number of workplace fatalities with 38 and 34, respectively. (See table 3.) Construction trades workers accounted for 28 of the 38 fatalities among construction and extraction occupations. Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers suffered 14 of the work-related deaths within the transportation and material moving group.

Additional highlights

  • Men accounted for 94 percent of the work-related fatalities in Michigan, similar to the 93-percent national share. (See table 4.) Transportation incidents made up 33 percent of the fatalities for men in Michigan.
  • White non-Hispanics accounted for 78 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 62 percent of the state’s work-related fatalities in 2016, compared to 57 percent of on-the-job fatalities nationally.
  • Of the 162 fatally-injured workers in Michigan, 72 percent worked for wages and salaries; the remainder were self-employed. The most frequent fatal event for wage and salary workers was transportation incidents; violence and other injuries by persons or animals and transportation incidents were the most frequent fatal events for self-employed workers.

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 Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs 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, Michigan, 2015–16
Event or exposure (1)20152016
NumberNumberPercent

Total

134162100

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals

353723

Intentional injury by person

343522

Homicides (Intentional injury by other person)

222214

Shooting by other person--intentional

192113

Suicides (Self-inflicted injury--intentional)

12138

Shooting--intentional self-harm

774

Hanging, strangulation, asphyxiation--intentional self-harm

--53

Transportation incidents

455031

Pedestrian vehicular incident

542

Roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicle

272817

Roadway collision with other vehicle

141610

Roadway collision--moving in same direction

153

Roadway collision--moving in opposite directions, oncoming

532

Roadway collision--moving perpendicularly

342

Roadway collision--moving and standing vehicle in roadway

442

Roadway collision with object other than vehicle

796

Vehicle struck object or animal on side of roadway

696

Roadway noncollision incident

632

Jack-knifed or overturned, roadway

532

Nonroadway incident involving motorized land vehicles

10149

Nonroadway collision with object other than vehicle

142

Nonroadway noncollision incident

885

Fall or jump from and struck by same vehicle in normal operation, nonroadway

332

Falls, slips, trips

193119

Falls on same level

553

Falls to lower level

142616

Fall from collapsing structure or equipment

253

Fall through surface or existing opening

--53

Other fall to lower level

101610

Other fall to lower level 11 to 15 feet

--53

Other fall to lower level 16 to 20 feet

332

Other fall to lower level more than 30 feet

164

Exposure to harmful substances or environments

102314

Exposure to electricity

253

Direct exposure to electricity

142

Direct exposure to electricity, greater than 220 volts

132

Exposure to other harmful substances

6106

Nonmedical use of drugs or alcohol--unintentional overdose

353

Inhalation of harmful substance

353

Exposure to oxygen deficiency, n.e.c.

--64

Drowning, submersion, n.e.c.

153

Contact with objects and equipment

221912

Struck by object or equipment

12138

Struck by powered vehicle--nontransport

674

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

553

Caught in or compressed by equipment or objects

553

Caught in running equipment or machinery

553

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, Michigan, 2015–16
Industry (1)20152016
NumberNumberPercent

Total

134162100

Private industry

12715294

Natural resources and mining

242012

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

231912

Crop production

12127

Oilseed and grain farming

664

Corn farming

353

Animal production and aquaculture

932

Cattle ranching and farming

732

Forestry and logging

242

Logging

242

Construction

224025

Construction

224025

Construction of buildings

864

Residential building construction

653

Residential building construction

653

Residential remodelers

442

Specialty trade contractors

123119

Foundation, structure, and building exterior contractors

41710

Roofing contractors

1106

Building equipment contractors

553

Plumbing, heating, and air-conditioning contractors

442

Building finishing contractors

153

Painting and wall covering contractors

153

Other specialty trade contractors

242

Site preparation contractors

232

Manufacturing

19159

Manufacturing

19159

Food manufacturing

332

Transportation equipment manufacturing

432

Trade, transportation, and utilities

283421

Wholesale trade

885

Merchant wholesalers, durable goods

342

Merchant wholesalers, nondurable goods

542

Retail trade

8117

Motor vehicle and parts dealers

242

Automobile dealers

132

Miscellaneous store retailers

132

Transportation and warehousing

12159

Truck transportation

485

General freight trucking

464

General freight trucking, long-distance

353

General freight trucking, long-distance, truckload

332

Support activities for transportation

332

Financial activities

853

Real estate and rental and leasing

753

Real estate

542

Professional and business services

12138

Administrative and waste services

8127

Administrative and support services

8127

Services to buildings and dwellings

5117

Landscaping services

3106

Educational and health services

--53

Health care and social assistance

--42

Ambulatory health care services

--32

Leisure and hospitality

8106

Arts, entertainment, and recreation

242

Performing arts, spectator sports, and related industries

232

Accommodation and food services

664

Food services and drinking places

653

Restaurants and other eating places

432

Restaurants and other eating places

432

Full-service restaurants

--32

Other services, except public administration

596

Other services, except public administration

596

Repair and maintenance

353

Automotive repair and maintenance

253

Automotive mechanical and electrical repair and maintenance

--32

General automotive repair

--32

Religious, grantmaking, civic, professional, and similar organizations

--32

Government (2)

7106

Local government

485

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, Michigan, 2015–16
Occupation (1)20152016
NumberNumberPercent

Total

134162100

Management occupations

28159

Other management occupations

24138

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

18106

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

18106

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations

242

Entertainers and performers, sports and related workers

232

Protective service occupations

4106

Law enforcement workers

153

Police officers

132

Police and sheriff's patrol officers

132

Food preparation and serving related occupations

--42

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations

4127

Supervisors of building and grounds cleaning and maintenance workers

--32

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

--32

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

--32

Grounds maintenance workers

385

Grounds maintenance workers

385

Tree trimmers and pruners

--64

Sales and related occupations

8138

Supervisors of sales workers

532

First-line supervisors of sales workers

532

Retail sales workers

--42

Sales representatives, services

--32

Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations

896

Agricultural workers

542

Miscellaneous agricultural workers

542

Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse

--32

Forest, conservation, and logging workers

353

Logging workers

253

Fallers

253

Construction and extraction occupations

223823

Supervisors of construction and extraction workers

3106

First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

3106

First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

3106

Construction trades workers

172817

Carpenters

--53

Carpenters

--53

Construction laborers

864

Construction laborers

864

Painters and paperhangers

164

Painters, construction and maintenance

164

Roofers

174

Roofers

174

Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

7117

Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers

--64

Automotive technicians and repairers

--53

Automotive service technicians and mechanics

--42

Other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

553

Production occupations

1253

Transportation and material moving occupations

293421

Motor vehicle operators

231912

Driver/sales workers and truck drivers

201710

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

13149

Material moving workers

5106

Dredge, excavating, and loading machine operators

--32

Excavating and loading machine and dragline operators

--32

Laborers and material movers, hand

442

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, Michigan, 2015–16
Worker characteristics20152016
NumberNumberPercent

Total

134162100

Employee status

 

Wage and salary workers (1)

8511672

Self-employed (2)

494628

Gender

 

Men

11915394

Women

1596

Age (3)

 

18 to 19 years

132

20 to 24 years

964

25 to 34 years

192314

35 to 44 years

233220

45 to 54 years

284528

55 to 64 years

263421

65 years and over

261811

Race or ethnic origin (4)

 

White, non-Hispanic

9612778

Black or African-American, non-Hispanic

182214

Hispanic or Latino

1274

Asian, non-Hispanic

432

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: Monday, February 26, 2018