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17-1609-CHI
Monday, February 26, 2018

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Fatal Work Injuries in Ohio — 2016

Fatal work injuries totaled 164 in 2016 for Ohio, 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 Ohio was down from 202 in the previous year. Fatal occupational injuries in the state have ranged from a high of 222 in 1999 to a low of 137 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 Ohio, transportation incidents resulted in 54 fatal work injuries. Violence and other injuries by persons or animals accounted for 31 fatalities. These two major categories accounted for 52 percent of all workplace fatalities in the state. (See table 1.) Over the year, the number of worker deaths from transportation incidents decreased from 92, while fatalities due to violence and other injuries by persons or animals were up from 27.

Falls, slips, or trips was the third-most frequent fatal work event with 29 fatalities, unchanged from the prior year. Exposure to harmful substances or environments resulted in 25 work-related deaths compared to 23 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 industry sector had the highest number of fatalities in Ohio with 32, down by 4 from the previous year. (See table 2.) The most frequent fatal workplace event in the sector was transportation incidents with 16 worker deaths, followed by exposure to harmful substances or environments with 7 fatalities. Eighty-one percent of those fatally injured in this sector worked in truck transportation.

The private construction industry sector had 23 workplace fatalities, down from 37 in the previous year. The specialty trade contractor industry accounted for 14, or 61 percent, of the fatal injuries in this sector.

Occupation

Transportation and material moving occupations and construction and extraction occupations had the highest number of workplace fatalities with 49 and 21, respectively. (See table 3.) The majority of the fatalities within the transportation and material moving occupations were heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers (28). Construction trades workers accounted for most of the fatalities among construction and extraction workers with 18 fatalities.

Additional highlights

  • Men accounted for 91 percent of the work-related fatalities in Ohio, compared to the 93-percent national share. (See table 4.) Transportation incidents made up 33 percent of the fatalities for men in Ohio.
  • White non-Hispanics accounted for 84 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 2016, compared to 57 percent of on-the-job fatalities nationally.
  • Of the 164 fatally-injured workers in Ohio, 76 percent worked for wages and salaries; the remainder were self-employed. The most frequent fatal event for wage and salary workers was transportation incidents; for self-employed workers the most frequent fatal event was contact with objects and equipment.

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 Ohio BWC Division of Safety and Hygiene 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, Ohio, 2015–16
Event or exposure (1)20152016
NumberNumberPercent

Total

202164100

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals

273119

Intentional injury by person

253018

Homicides (Intentional injury by other person)

17138

Shooting by other person--intentional

14127

Suicides (Self-inflicted injury--intentional)

81710

Shooting--intentional self-harm

464

Hanging, strangulation, asphyxiation--intentional self-harm

274

Transportation incidents

925433

Pedestrian vehicular incident

14117

Roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicle

553119

Roadway collision with other vehicle

33159

Roadway collision--moving in same direction

864

Roadway collision with object other than vehicle

18127

Vehicle struck object or animal on side of roadway

18117

Nonroadway incident involving motorized land vehicles

10106

Nonroadway noncollision incident

774

Jack-knifed or overturned, nonroadway

453

Falls, slips, trips

292918

Falls on same level

564

Falls to lower level

212314

Other fall to lower level

171710

Exposure to harmful substances or environments

232515

Exposure to other harmful substances

151710

Nonmedical use of drugs or alcohol--unintentional overdose

111710

Contact with objects and equipment

292415

Struck by object or equipment

231610

Struck by powered vehicle--nontransport

11106

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

Total

202164100

Private industry

19115595

Natural resources and mining

221912

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

181912

Crop production

13117

Animal production and aquaculture

353

Construction

372314

Construction

372314

Heavy and civil engineering construction

1153

Specialty trade contractors

21149

Building finishing contractors

--53

Manufacturing

19149

Manufacturing

19149

Trade, transportation, and utilities

554226

Retail trade

1185

Transportation and warehousing

363220

Truck transportation

252616

General freight trucking

152213

General freight trucking, local

164

General freight trucking, long-distance

121610

General freight trucking, long-distance, truckload

5138

Professional and business services

161610

Administrative and waste services

14138

Administrative and support services

1195

Services to buildings and dwellings

774

Landscaping services

674

Educational and health services

995

Health care and social assistance

985

Leisure and hospitality

131610

Accommodation and food services

9127

Food services and drinking places

8117

Restaurants and other eating places

695

Restaurants and other eating places

695

Limited-service restaurants

574

Other services, except public administration

13117

Other services, except public administration

13117

Repair and maintenance

764

Government (2)

1195

Local government

774
 

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

Total

202164100

Management occupations

221610

Other management occupations

22149

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

13127

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

13127

Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations

853

Protective service occupations

874

Law enforcement workers

253

Police officers

253

Police and sheriff's patrol officers

253

Food preparation and serving related occupations

253

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations

10127

Grounds maintenance workers

495

Grounds maintenance workers

495

Landscaping and groundskeeping workers

253

Sales and related occupations

13117

Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations

553

Construction and extraction occupations

332113

Construction trades workers

261811

Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

12117

Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers

553

Production occupations

13106

Metal workers and plastic workers

653

Transportation and material moving occupations

634930

Motor vehicle operators

513421

Driver/sales workers and truck drivers

473320

Driver/sales workers

1053

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

352817

Material moving workers

10127

Laborers and material movers, hand

764

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

653

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, Ohio, 2015–16
Worker characteristics20152016
NumberNumberPercent

Total

202164100

Employee status

 

Wage and salary workers (1)

15212476

Self-employed (2)

504024

Gender

 

Men

18015091

Women

22149

Age (3)

 

20 to 24 years

1395

25 to 34 years

273220

35 to 44 years

372415

45 to 54 years

573421

55 to 64 years

393119

65 years and over

273119

Race or ethnic origin (4)

 

White, non-Hispanic

17013884

Black or African-American, non-Hispanic

16127

Hispanic or Latino

11106

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