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19-2182-CHI
Wednesday, February 12, 2020

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Fatal Work Injuries in North Dakota — 2018

Fatal work injuries totaled 35 in 2018 for North Dakota, 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 North Dakota was down from the previous year. Fatal occupational injuries in the state have ranged from a high of 65 in 2012 to a low of 20 in 1992.

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 North Dakota, transportation incidents resulted in 24 fatal work injuries, and contact with objects and equipment accounted for 6 fatalities. These two major categories accounted for 86 percent of all workplace fatalities in the state. (See table 1.) Worker deaths from transportation incidents were down from 26 over the year, and worker fatalities due to contact with objects and equipment were up from 5.

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, and fishing and hunting industry had the highest number of fatalities in North Dakota with 12, up from 5 in the previous year. (See table 2.) Transportation incidents resulted in 6 of the 12 fatalities in the industry. The cattle ranching and farming sector accounted for half of the workplace fatalities in the agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting industry. Seven workplace fatalities occurred in the construction industry in 2018. The specialty trade contractors sector accounted for 4, or 57 percent, of the fatal injuries in this industry.

Occupation

The management occupational group and construction and extraction occupational group had the highest numbers of workplace fatalities with 12 and 8, respectively. (See table 3.) Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers accounted for 11 of the 12 fatalities among management occupations. Construction trades workers accounted for six of the eight fatalities among construction and extraction workers.

Additional highlights

  • Men accounted for 94 percent of the work-related fatalities in North Dakota, similar to the national share. (See table 4.) Transportation incidents made up 67 percent of the fatalities for men in North Dakota.

  • White non-Hispanics accounted for 94 percent of those who died from a workplace injury. Nationwide, this group accounted for 65 percent of work-related deaths.

  • Workers 55 years and older accounted for 69 percent of the state’s work-related fatalities in 2018, compared to 35 percent of on-the-job fatalities nationally.

  • Of the 35 fatal work injuries in North Dakota, 57 percent worked for wages and salaries; the remainder were self-employed. The most frequent fatal event for both wage and salary workers and self-employed workers was transportation incidents.


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 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, North Dakota, 2017–18
Event or exposure (1)20172018
NumberNumberPercent

Total

3835100

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals

--39

Transportation incidents

262469

Aircraft incidents

1411

Other in-flight crash

1411

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

1411

Pedestrian vehicular incident

339

Pedestrian struck by vehicle in nonroadway area

339

Pedestrian struck by vehicle propelled by another vehicle in nonroadway area

--13

Pedestrian struck by vehicle backing up in nonroadway area

213

Roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicle

181337

Roadway collision with other vehicle

10926

Roadway collision--moving in same direction

--514

Roadway collision--moving in opposite directions, oncoming

439

Roadway collision--moving perpendicularly

513

Roadway noncollision incident

5411

Jack-knifed or overturned, roadway

4411

Nonroadway incident involving motorized land vehicles

1411

Nonroadway noncollision incident

------

Fall or jump from vehicle in normal operation, nonroadway

--13

Fires and explosions

1----

Falls, slips, trips

------

Exposure to harmful substances or environments

3----

Contact with objects and equipment

5617

Struck by object or equipment

5411

Struck by powered vehicle--nontransport

326

Struck or run over by rolling powered vehicle

113

Caught in or compressed by equipment or objects

--13

Caught in running equipment or machinery

--13

Caught in running equipment or machinery during regular operation

--13

Overexertion and bodily reaction

------

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, North Dakota, 2017–18
Industry (1)20172018
NumberNumberPercent

Total

3835100

Private industry

363497

Goods producing

172366

Natural resources and mining

121543

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

51234

Crop production

3411

Fruit and tree nut farming

--13

Animal production and aquaculture

--720

Cattle ranching and farming

1617

Beef cattle ranching and farming, including feedlots

--13

Other animal production

--13

Horses and other equine production

--13

Support activities for agriculture and forestry

--13

Support activities for crop production

--13

Support activities for crop production

--13

Postharvest crop activities (except cotton ginning)

--13

Mining (2)

739

Mining (except oil and gas)

--13

Nonmetallic mineral mining and quarrying

--13

Sand, gravel, clay, and ceramic and refractory minerals mining and quarrying

--13

Construction sand and gravel mining

--13

Construction

5720

Construction

5720

Heavy and civil engineering construction

--13

Highway, street, and bridge construction

--13

Highway, street, and bridge construction

--13

Specialty trade contractors

--411

Manufacturing

--13

Manufacturing

--13

Food manufacturing

--13

Animal food manufacturing

--13

Animal food manufacturing

--13

Service providing

191131

Trade, transportation, and utilities

10411

Wholesale trade

239

Merchant wholesalers, nondurable goods

239

Miscellaneous nondurable goods merchant wholesalers

213

Farm supplies merchant wholesalers

213

Transportation and warehousing

713

Truck transportation

613

Specialized freight trucking

--13

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

--13

Information

------

Financial activities

1----

Professional and business services

3411

Professional and technical services

239

Professional, scientific, and technical services

239

Legal services

--13

Offices of lawyers

--13

Management, scientific, and technical consulting services

--13

Environmental consulting services

--13

Other professional, scientific, and technical services

113

Photographic services

--13

Commercial photography

--13

Administrative and waste services

--13

Administrative and support services

--13

Services to buildings and dwellings

--13

Educational and health services

--39

Health care and social assistance

--39

Ambulatory health care services

--26

Other ambulatory health care services

--26

Ambulance services

--26

Hospitals

--13

General medical and surgical hospitals

--13

General medical and surgical hospitals

--13

Leisure and hospitality

------

Other services, except public administration

1----

Government (3)

213

Federal government

1----

State government

------

Local government

113

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, North Dakota, 2017–18
Occupation (1)20172018
NumberNumberPercent

Total

3835100

Management occupations

31234

Other management occupations

31234

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

31131

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

31131

Natural sciences managers

--13

Natural sciences managers

--13

Business and financial operations occupations

------

Computer and mathematical occupations

------

Architecture and engineering occupations

------

Life, physical, and social science occupations

------

Community and social services occupations

------

Legal occupations

--13

Lawyers, judges, and related workers

--13

Lawyers and judicial law clerks

--13

Lawyers

--13

Education, training, and library occupations

--13

Preschool, primary, secondary, and special education school teachers

--13

Secondary school teachers

--13

Secondary school teachers, except special and career/technical education

--13

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations

------

Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations

126

Health diagnosing and treating practitioners

113

Registered nurses

--13

Registered nurses

--13

Health technologists and technicians

--13

Emergency medical technicians and paramedics

--13

Emergency medical technicians and paramedics

--13

Healthcare support occupations

------

Protective service occupations

1----

Food preparation and serving related occupations

------

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations

--13

Supervisors of building and grounds cleaning and maintenance workers

--13

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

--13

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

--13

Personal care and service occupations

------

Sales and related occupations

------

Office and administrative support occupations

1----

Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations

------

Construction and extraction occupations

12823

Supervisors of construction and extraction workers

113

First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

113

First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

113

Construction trades workers

6617

Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

------

Production occupations

------

Transportation and material moving occupations

15617

Air transportation workers

126

Aircraft pilots and flight engineers

126

Commercial pilots

126

Motor vehicle operators

1039

Driver/sales workers and truck drivers

1039

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

1026

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, North Dakota, 2017–18
Worker characteristics20172018
NumberNumberPercent

Total

3835100

Employee status

Wage and salary workers (1)

332057

Self-employed (2)

51543

Gender

Men

373394

Women

126

Age (3)

20 to 24 years

1514

35 to 44 years

826

45 to 54 years

639

55 to 64 years

91131

65 years and over

71337

Race or ethnic origin (4)

White, non-Hispanic

313394

Black or African-American, non-Hispanic

------

Hispanic or Latino

------

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: Wednesday, February 12, 2020