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Thursday, February 06, 2020

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Fatal Work Injuries in Michigan — 2018

Fatal work injuries totaled 155 in 2018 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 by two from 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 5,250 fatal work injuries were recorded in 2018, up from the 5,147 fatal injuries in 2017, according to the results from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) program.

Type of incident

In Michigan, transportation incidents resulted in 50 fatal work injuries, and violence and other injuries by persons or animals accounted for 37 fatalities. These two major categories accounted for 56 percent of all workplace fatalities in the state. (See table 1.) Worker deaths from transportation incidents were up from 43 over the year, and worker fatalities due to violence or other injuries by persons or animals were down from 41.

Contact with objects or equipment was the third-most frequent fatal work event with 27 fatalities, up from 23 in the prior year. Falls, slips, or trips resulted in 20 work-related deaths compared to 27 in 2017.

Nationally, transportation incidents were the most frequent fatal workplace event in 2018, 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 (16 percent), followed by falls, slips, and trips (15 percent) and contact with objects and equipment (15 percent).

Industry

The private agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting industry had the highest number of fatalities in Michigan with 24, up from 22 in the previous year. (See table 2.) Transportation incidents resulted in 10 of the 24 fatalities in the industry. The crop production sector accounted for 15 of the 24 workplace fatalities in the private agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting industry.

The private construction industry had 23 workplace fatalities, down from 31 in the previous year. The specialty trade contractors sector accounted for 12, or 52 percent, of the fatal injuries in this industry.

Occupation

The transportation and material moving occupational group had the highest number of workplace fatalities with 32. (See table 3.) Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers accounted for 14 of the 32 fatalities among transportation and material moving workers. The construction and extraction occupational group had the second-highest number of workplace fatalities with 24, followed by management occupations with 22. Construction trades workers suffered 13 of the work-related deaths within the construction and extraction group. Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers accounted for 13 of the 22 management occupational fatalities.

Additional highlights

  • Men accounted for 91 percent of the work-related fatalities in Michigan, similar to the national share. (See table 4.) Transportation incidents made up 32 percent of the fatalities for men in Michigan.

  • White non-Hispanics accounted for 83 percent of those who died from a workplace injury. Nationwide, this group accounted for 65 percent of work-related deaths.

  • Workers 25-54 years old accounted for 52 percent of the state’s work-related fatalities in 2018, compared to 58 percent of on-the-job fatalities nationally.

  • Of the 155 fatal work injuries in Michigan, 71 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 was the most frequent fatal event for self-employed workers.


Technical Note

Background of the program. The Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), part of the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Occupational Safety and Health Statistics (OSHS) program, is a count of all fatal work injuries occurring in the U.S. during the calendar year. The CFOI uses a variety of 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 2018 national data, over 24,800 unique source documents were reviewed as part of the data collection process. For technical information and definitions for the CFOI, see 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, some of which may be outside the scope of other agencies or regulatory coverage. Comparisons between CFOI counts and those released by other agencies should account for the different coverage requirements and definitions used by each agency. For more information on the scope of CFOI, see www.bls.gov/iif/cfoiscope.htm and www.bls.gov/opub/hom/cfoi/concepts.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, 2017–18
Event or exposure (1)20172018
NumberNumberPercent

Total

153155100

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals

413724

Intentional injury by person

403623

Intentional injury by other person

252214

Shooting by other person--intentional

221812

Stabbing, cutting, slashing, piercing

132

Hitting, kicking, beating, shoving

--11

Self-inflicted injury--intentional

15149

Shooting--intentional self-harm

564

Hanging, strangulation, asphyxiation--intentional self-harm

975

Transportation incidents

435032

Aircraft incidents

--32

Aircraft crash during takeoff or landing

--21

Aircraft crash during takeoff or landing--due to mechanical failure

--11

Aircraft crash during takeoff or landing--into structure, object, or ground

--11

Other in-flight crash

--11

Other in-flight crash into structure, object, or ground

--11

Pedestrian vehicular incident

61711

Pedestrian struck by vehicle in work zone

153

Pedestrian struck by forward-moving vehicle in work zone

143

Pedestrian struck by vehicle backing up in work zone

--11

Pedestrian struck by vehicle in roadway

--75

Pedestrian struck by forward-moving vehicle in roadway

--75

Pedestrian struck by vehicle on side of road

121

Pedestrian struck by vehicle propelled by another vehicle on side of road

--11

Pedestrian struck by forward-moving vehicle on side of road

111

Pedestrian struck by vehicle in nonroadway area

232

Pedestrian struck by forward-moving vehicle in nonroadway area

211

Roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicle

272315

Roadway collision with other vehicle

172013

Roadway collision--moving in same direction

253

Roadway collision--moving in opposite directions, oncoming

532

Roadway collision--moving perpendicularly

796

Roadway collision--moving and standing vehicle in roadway

332

Roadway collision with object other than vehicle

832

Vehicle struck object or animal on side of roadway

832

Nonroadway incident involving motorized land vehicles

875

Nonroadway collision with other vehicle

--21

Collision between a moving and standing vehicle, nonroadway

--11

Nonroadway collision with object other than vehicle

--11

Nonroadway noncollision incident

643

Fires and explosions

743

Fires

1----

Other structural fire without collapse

--21

Explosions

611

Explosion of nonpressurized vapors, gases, or liquids

--11

Falls, slips, trips

272013

Falls on same level

375

Fall on same level due to slipping

--32

Falls to lower level

20138

Other fall to lower level

15106

Other fall to lower level less than 6 feet

311

Other fall to lower level 6 to 10 feet

--43

Other fall to lower level 11 to 15 feet

332

Exposure to harmful substances or environments

111711

Exposure to electricity

553

Indirect exposure to electricity

132

Indirect exposure to electricity, greater than 220 volts

132

Exposure to other harmful substances

4106

Nonmedical use of drugs or alcohol--unintentional overdose

485

Exposure to oxygen deficiency, n.e.c.

221

Drowning, submersion, n.e.c.

211

Depletion of oxygen

--11

Contact with objects and equipment

232717

Struck by object or equipment

172214

Struck by powered vehicle--nontransport

8106

Caught between rolling powered vehicle and other object

--11

Struck by other falling powered vehicle

432

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

696

Struck by discharged or flying object

132

Struck by dislodged flying object, particle

132

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

332

Excavation or trenching cave-in

111

Engulfment in other collapsing material

111

Overexertion and bodily reaction

1----

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, 2017–18
Industry (1)20172018
NumberNumberPercent

Total

153155100

Private industry

14114694

Goods producing

656844

Natural resources and mining

222617

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

222415

Crop production

161510

Oilseed and grain farming

485

Soybean farming

--11

Corn farming

453

Other crop farming

1----

All other crop farming

--11

Animal production and aquaculture

564

Cattle ranching and farming

453

Beef cattle ranching and farming, including feedlots

--11

Beef cattle ranching and farming

--11

Dairy cattle and milk production

243

Poultry and egg production

111

Chicken egg production

111

Support activities for agriculture and forestry

111

Support activities for crop production

--11

Support activities for crop production

--11

Soil preparation, planting, and cultivating

--11

Mining (2)

--21

Mining (except oil and gas)

--21

Nonmetallic mineral mining and quarrying

--21

Stone mining and quarrying

--21

Crushed and broken limestone mining and quarrying

--21

Construction

312315

Construction

312315

Construction of buildings

764

Residential building construction

732

Residential building construction

732

Residential remodelers

632

Nonresidential building construction

--21

Commercial and institutional building construction

--21

Heavy and civil engineering construction

153

Utility system construction

111

Water and sewer line and related structures construction

111

Highway, street, and bridge construction

--43

Highway, street, and bridge construction

--43

Specialty trade contractors

22128

Foundation, structure, and building exterior contractors

832

Building equipment contractors

643

Electrical contractors

521

Nonresidential electrical contractors

311

Other specialty trade contractors

453

Site preparation contractors

343

All other specialty trade contractors

111

Manufacturing

121912

Manufacturing

121912

Wood product manufacturing

111

Sawmills and wood preservation

--11

Sawmills and wood preservation

--11

Sawmills

--11

Chemical manufacturing

--21

Resin, synthetic rubber, and artificial synthetic fibers and filaments manufacturing

--11

Resin and synthetic rubber manufacturing

--11

Plastics material and resin manufacturing

--11

Paint, coating, and adhesive manufacturing

--11

Adhesive manufacturing

--11

Fabricated metal product manufacturing

432

Architectural and structural metals manufacturing

211

Plate work and fabricated structural product manufacturing

111

Fabricated structural metal manufacturing

111

Machine shops; turned product; and screw, nut, and bolt manufacturing

--11

Turned product and screw, nut, and bolt manufacturing

--11

Machinery manufacturing

--53

Industrial machinery manufacturing

--11

Industrial machinery manufacturing

--11

Sawmill, woodworking, and paper machinery manufacturing

--11

Metalworking machinery manufacturing

--32

Metalworking machinery manufacturing

--32

Special die and tool, die set, jig, and fixture manufacturing

--11

Other general purpose machinery manufacturing

--11

Material handling equipment manufacturing

--11

Conveyor and conveying equipment manufacturing

--11

Transportation equipment manufacturing

364

Motor vehicle parts manufacturing

253

Motor vehicle steering and suspension components (except spring) manufacturing

--11

Motor vehicle metal stamping

211

Service providing

767850

Trade, transportation, and utilities

283825

Utilities

--32

Utilities

--32

Electric power generation, transmission and distribution

--32

Electric power generation

--21

Fossil fuel electric power generation

--11

Electric power transmission, control, and distribution

--11

Electric power distribution

--11

Wholesale trade

653

Merchant wholesalers, durable goods

--32

Motor vehicle and motor vehicle parts and supplies merchant wholesalers

--21

Motor vehicle supplies and new parts merchant wholesalers

--11

Tire and tube merchant wholesalers

111

Miscellaneous durable goods merchant wholesalers

--11

Merchant wholesalers, nondurable goods

421

Grocery and related product wholesalers

311

Fresh fruit and vegetable merchant wholesalers

--11

Farm product raw material merchant wholesalers

111

Livestock merchant wholesalers

--11

Retail trade

12149

Motor vehicle and parts dealers

353

Automotive parts, accessories, and tire stores

311

Automotive parts and accessories stores

311

Food and beverage stores

------

Grocery stores

------

Convenience stores

--11

Sporting goods, hobby, book, and music stores

--11

Sporting goods, hobby, and musical instrument stores

--11

Sewing, needlework, and piece goods stores

--11

General merchandise stores

--21

Department stores

--11

Department stores

--11

Other general merchandise stores

--11

Transportation and warehousing

101610

Air transportation

111

Nonscheduled air transportation

--11

Nonscheduled air transportation

--11

Truck transportation

596

General freight trucking

464

General freight trucking, long-distance

143

General freight trucking, long-distance, truckload

132

Specialized freight trucking

--32

Specialized freight (except used goods) trucking, local

--21

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

--11

Transit and ground passenger transportation

121

Taxi and limousine service

121

Taxi service

--21

Support activities for transportation

232

Support activities for road transportation

232

Motor vehicle towing

232

Information

------

Financial activities

143

Real estate and rental and leasing

--43

Real estate

--43

Activities related to real estate

--11

Offices of real estate appraisers

--11

Professional and business services

12138

Professional and technical services

232

Professional, scientific, and technical services

232

Accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping, and payroll services

--11

Accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping, and payroll services

--11

Advertising and related services

111

Direct mail advertising

--11

Other professional, scientific, and technical services

--11

Photographic services

--11

Commercial photography

--11

Administrative and waste services

10106

Administrative and support services

785

Business support services

--11

Other business support services

--11

Repossession services

--11

Investigation and security services

--21

Investigation, guard, and armored car services

--11

Security guards and patrol services

--11

Security systems services

--11

Locksmiths

--11

Services to buildings and dwellings

753

Landscaping services

643

Educational and health services

521

Educational services

--11

Educational services

--11

Elementary and secondary schools

--11

Elementary and secondary schools

--11

Health care and social assistance

511

Ambulatory health care services

211

Outpatient care centers

--11

Other outpatient care centers

--11

Leisure and hospitality

18117

Arts, entertainment, and recreation

1132

Performing arts, spectator sports, and related industries

532

Performing arts companies

--11

Musical groups and artists

--11

Spectator sports

221

Spectator sports

221

Accommodation and food services

785

Accommodation

132

Traveler accommodation

--11

Casino hotels

--11

Food services and drinking places

653

Drinking places (alcoholic beverages)

211

Drinking places (alcoholic beverages)

211

Restaurants and other eating places

443

Restaurants and other eating places

443

Full-service restaurants

243

Other services, except public administration

10106

Other services, except public administration

10106

Repair and maintenance

964

Automotive repair and maintenance

653

Automotive mechanical and electrical repair and maintenance

643

General automotive repair

532

Other automotive repair and maintenance

--11

Car washes

--11

Commercial machinery repair and maintenance

111

Commercial machinery repair and maintenance

111

Personal and laundry services

--11

Personal care services

--11

Hair, nail, and skin care services

--11

Barber shops

--11

Religious, grantmaking, civic, professional, and similar organizations

132

Religious organizations

121

Religious organizations

121

Social advocacy organizations

--11

Social advocacy organizations

--11

Human rights organizations

--11

Government (3)

1296

Federal government

111

State government

4----

Local government

764

Footnotes:
(1) Industry data are based on the North American Industry Classification System, 2012.
(2) Includes fatal injuries at all establishments categorized as Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (Sector 21) in the North American Industry Classification System, 2012, including establishments not governed by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) rules and reporting, such as those in Oil and Gas Extraction.
(3) 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, 2017–18
Occupation (1)20172018
NumberNumberPercent

Total

153155100

Management occupations

222214

Top executives

243

Chief executives

232

Chief executives

232

General and operations managers

--11

General and operations managers

--11

Operations specialties managers

--11

Transportation, storage, and distribution managers

--11

Transportation, storage, and distribution managers

--11

Other management occupations

181711

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

15138

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

15138

Food service managers

--11

Food service managers

--11

Business and financial operations occupations

------

Financial specialists

--11

Appraisers and assessors of real estate

--11

Appraisers and assessors of real estate

--11

Computer and mathematical occupations

------

Architecture and engineering occupations

------

Life, physical, and social science occupations

------

Community and social services occupations

1----

Legal occupations

------

Education, training, and library occupations

------

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations

532

Entertainers and performers, sports and related workers

421

Athletes, coaches, umpires, and related workers

211

Athletes and sports competitors

211

Musicians, singers, and related workers

211

Musicians and singers

211

Media and communication equipment workers

--11

Photographers

--11

Photographers

--11

Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations

111

Health diagnosing and treating practitioners

111

Veterinarians

--11

Veterinarians

--11

Healthcare support occupations

211

Occupational therapy and physical therapist assistants and aides

--11

Occupational therapist assistants and aides

--11

Occupational therapy assistants

--11

Protective service occupations

775

Fire fighting and prevention workers

--11

Firefighters

--11

Firefighters

--11

Law enforcement workers

443

Police officers

443

Police and sheriff's patrol officers

443

Other protective service workers

--21

Security guards and gaming surveillance officers

111

Security guards

111

Miscellaneous protective service workers

--11

Crossing guards

--11

Food preparation and serving related occupations

443

Cooks and food preparation workers

--11

Cooks

--11

Cooks, restaurant

--11

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations

853

Supervisors of building and grounds cleaning and maintenance workers

432

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

432

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

332

Building cleaning and pest control workers

--21

Building cleaning workers

--21

Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners

--11

Personal care and service occupations

3----

Personal appearance workers

--11

Barbers, hairdressers, hairstylists and cosmetologists

--11

Barbers

--11

Sales and related occupations

9117

Supervisors of sales workers

332

First-line supervisors of sales workers

332

Retail sales workers

564

Cashiers

253

Cashiers

253

Retail salespersons

211

Retail salespersons

211

Other sales and related workers

1----

Miscellaneous sales and related workers

1----

Door-to-door sales workers, news and street vendors, and related workers

--11

Office and administrative support occupations

253

Supervisors of office and administrative support workers

--21

First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers

--21

First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers

--21

Financial clerks

--11

Bill and account collectors

--11

Bill and account collectors

--11

Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers

221

Postal service workers

111

Postal service mail carriers

111

Stock clerks and order fillers

--11

Stock clerks and order fillers

--11

Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations

696

Agricultural workers

675

Miscellaneous agricultural workers

675

Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse

211

Farmworkers, farm, ranch, and aquacultural animals

364

Construction and extraction occupations

342415

Supervisors of construction and extraction workers

575

First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

575

First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

575

Construction trades workers

27138

Construction laborers

1285

Construction laborers

1285

Construction equipment operators

211

Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators

211

Electricians

521

Electricians

521

Roofers

421

Roofers

421

Other construction and related workers

232

Highway maintenance workers

221

Highway maintenance workers

221

Extraction workers

--11

Earth drillers, except oil and gas

--11

Earth drillers, except oil and gas

--11

Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

171510

Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers

1064

Automotive technicians and repairers

643

Automotive service technicians and mechanics

643

Heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians and mechanics

211

Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines

111

Other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

696

Line installers and repairers

211

Electrical power-line installers and repairers

111

Maintenance and repair workers, general

332

Maintenance and repair workers, general

332

Miscellaneous installation, maintenance, and repair workers

--11

Helpers--installation, maintenance, and repair workers

--11

Production occupations

6128

Assemblers and fabricators

--11

Miscellaneous assemblers and fabricators

--11

Metal workers and plastic workers

564

Miscellaneous metalworkers and plastic workers

--43

Other production occupations

132

Transportation and material moving occupations

233221

Air transportation workers

--21

Aircraft pilots and flight engineers

--21

Commercial pilots

--21

Motor vehicle operators

162214

Driver/sales workers and truck drivers

151812

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

9149

Light truck or delivery services drivers

543

Taxi drivers and chauffeurs

121

Taxi drivers and chauffeurs

121

Material moving workers

753

Laborers and material movers, hand

411

Cleaners of vehicles and equipment

--11

Refuse and recyclable material collectors

--11

Refuse and recyclable material collectors

--11

Military specific occupations (2)

------

Footnotes:
(1) Occupation data are based on the Standard Occupational Classification system, 2010.
(2) Includes fatal injuries to persons identified as resident armed forces regardless of individual occupation listed.

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, 2017–18
Worker characteristics20172018
NumberNumberPercent

Total

153155100

Employee status

Wage and salary workers (1)

10211071

Self-employed (2)

514529

Gender

Men

13914191

Women

14149

Age (3)

20 to 24 years

9117

25 to 34 years

262214

35 to 44 years

223221

45 to 54 years

322617

55 to 64 years

304126

65 years and over

282315

Race or ethnic origin (4)

White, non-Hispanic

11612883

Black or African-American, non-Hispanic

251711

Hispanic or Latino

1085

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 data for Hispanics and Latinos.

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 06, 2020