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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

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Fatal Work Injuries in Ohio — 2018

Fatal work injuries totaled 158 in 2018 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 16 from the previous year. (See chart 1.) Fatal occupational injuries in the state have ranged from a high of 222 in 1999 to a low of 137 in 2009.

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 Ohio, transportation incidents resulted in 60 fatal work injuries in 2018, up from 52 in 2017. Contact with objects and equipment accounted for 27 fatalities and violence and other injuries by persons or animals resulted in 25 fatalities. These three major categories accounted for 71 percent of all workplace fatalities in the state in 2018. (See table 1.) Worker deaths from contact with objects and equipment were up from 24 over the year, and worker fatalities due to violence and other injuries by persons or animals were down from 32 in the previous year.

Two categories—falls, slips, and trips and exposure to harmful substances or environments—each accounted for an additional 22 worker fatalities in Ohio.

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 frequent type of event (16 percent), followed by falls, slips, and trips (15 percent), and contact with objects and equipment (15 percent).

Industry

The private transportation and warehousing industry had the highest number of fatalities in Ohio with 30, down from 36 in the previous year. (See table 2.) Transportation incidents resulted in 18 of the 30 fatalities in the industry. The private construction industry had 29 workplace fatalities in 2018, down from 32 in 2017. The specialty trade contractors sector accounted for 18 of the 29 workplace fatalities in the construction industry.

Occupation

The transportation and material moving occupational group had the highest number of workplace fatalities with 55. (See table 3.) Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers suffered 30 of the work-related deaths within the transportation and material moving group. The construction and extraction occupational group had the second highest number of workplace fatalities with 28, followed by building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations with 15. Construction trades workers accounted for 21 of the 28 fatalities within the construction and extraction group. Grounds maintenance workers accounted for 8 of the 15 building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations fatalities.

Additional highlights

  • Men accounted for 92 percent of the work-related fatalities in Ohio, matching the national share.  (See table 4.) Transportation incidents made up 37 percent of the fatalities for men in Ohio.

  • White non-Hispanics accounted for 76 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 58 percent of the state’s work-related fatalities in 2018, matching the national share.

  • Of the 158 fatally-injured workers in Ohio, 78 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 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, 2017–18
Event or exposure (1)20172018
NumberNumberPercent

Total

174158100

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals

322516

Intentional injury by person

302516

Intentional injury by other person

181610

Shooting by other person--intentional

16149

Self-inflicted injury--intentional

1296

Shooting--intentional self-harm

732

Hanging, strangulation, asphyxiation--intentional self-harm

453

Transportation incidents

526038

Aircraft incidents

--21

Other in-flight crash

--21

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

--21

Pedestrian vehicular incident

15138

Pedestrian struck by vehicle in work zone

343

Pedestrian struck by forward-moving vehicle in work zone

332

Pedestrian struck by vehicle in nonroadway area

164

Pedestrian struck by vehicle backing up in nonroadway area

153

Roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicle

313925

Roadway collision with other vehicle

182616

Roadway collision--moving in same direction

4106

Roadway collision--moving in opposite directions, oncoming

453

Roadway collision--moving perpendicularly

5117

Roadway collision with object other than vehicle

8106

Vehicle struck object or animal on side of roadway

8106

Roadway noncollision incident

532

Nonroadway incident involving motorized land vehicles

553

Nonroadway noncollision incident

553

Jack-knifed or overturned, nonroadway

443

Fires and explosions

411

Fires

111

Falls, slips, trips

312214

Falls on same level

632

Falls to lower level

251912

Fall through surface or existing opening

532

Other fall to lower level

19159

Other fall to lower level less than 6 feet

443

Exposure to harmful substances or environments

282214

Exposure to electricity

543

Indirect exposure to electricity

--32

Indirect exposure to electricity, greater than 220 volts

--32

Exposure to other harmful substances

191711

Nonmedical use of drugs or alcohol--unintentional overdose

17159

Exposure to oxygen deficiency, n.e.c.

111

Drowning, submersion, n.e.c.

--11

Contact with objects and equipment

242717

Struck by object or equipment

182013

Struck by powered vehicle--nontransport

564

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

7128

Struck by object falling from vehicle or machinery--other than vehicle part

--74

Caught in or compressed by equipment or objects

453

Caught in running equipment or machinery

--32

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

------

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

--11

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, Ohio, 2017–18
Industry (1)20172018
NumberNumberPercent

Total

174158100

Private industry

16214692

Goods producing

596038

Natural resources and mining

121811

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

111610

Crop production

585

Oilseed and grain farming

--21

Corn farming

--11

Other grain farming

--11

Greenhouse, nursery, and floriculture production

--32

Nursery and floriculture production

--32

Nursery and tree production

--32

Animal production and aquaculture

685

Cattle ranching and farming

374

Dairy cattle and milk production

353

Construction

322918

Construction

322918

Construction of buildings

553

Residential building construction

332

Residential building construction

332

Heavy and civil engineering construction

543

Highway, street, and bridge construction

--32

Highway, street, and bridge construction

--32

Specialty trade contractors

201811

Foundation, structure, and building exterior contractors

1143

Building equipment contractors

353

Plumbing, heating, and air-conditioning contractors

--32

Residential plumbing, heating, and air-conditioning contractors

--11

Building finishing contractors

--32

Finish carpentry contractors

--11

Other specialty trade contractors

532

Manufacturing

15138

Manufacturing

15138

Wood product manufacturing

--11

Chemical manufacturing

------

Soap, cleaning compound, and toilet preparation manufacturing

--11

Toilet preparation manufacturing

--11

Service providing

1038654

Trade, transportation, and utilities

563925

Wholesale trade

974

Merchant wholesalers, durable goods

443

Hardware, and plumbing and heating equipment and supplies merchant wholesalers

--11

Plumbing and heating equipment and supplies (hydronics) merchant wholesalers

--11

Merchant wholesalers, nondurable goods

532

Drugs and druggists' sundries merchant wholesalers

--11

Drugs and druggists' sundries merchant wholesalers

--11

Grocery and related product wholesalers

2----

Meat and meat product merchant wholesalers

111

Transportation and warehousing

363019

Truck transportation

212415

General freight trucking

171610

General freight trucking, local

332

General freight trucking, long-distance

12117

General freight trucking, long-distance, truckload

785

Specialized freight trucking

474

Specialized freight (except used goods) trucking, local

132

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

332

Scenic and sightseeing transportation

--11

Scenic and sightseeing transportation, other

--11

Support activities for transportation

832

Information

------

Financial activities

464

Finance and insurance

--32

Real estate and rental and leasing

332

Professional and business services

222113

Professional and technical services

132

Professional, scientific, and technical services

132

Other professional, scientific, and technical services

132

Photographic services

--21

Commercial photography

--21

Veterinary services

111

Administrative and waste services

211811

Administrative and support services

181711

Employment services

--43

Services to buildings and dwellings

11138

Landscaping services

11106

Educational and health services

943

Health care and social assistance

843

Ambulatory health care services

------

Home health care services

--11

Home health care services

--11

Leisure and hospitality

6128

Accommodation and food services

4106

Accommodation

--43

Traveler accommodation

--43

Hotels (except casino hotels) and motels

--43

Food services and drinking places

464

Drinking places (alcoholic beverages)

221

Drinking places (alcoholic beverages)

221

Restaurants and other eating places

232

Restaurants and other eating places

232

Full-service restaurants

--11

Other services, except public administration

643

Other services, except public administration

643

Repair and maintenance

343

Automotive repair and maintenance

143

Automotive body, paint, interior, and glass repair

--11

Automotive body, paint, and interior repair and maintenance

--11

Government (2)

12128

Federal government

311

State government

------

Local government

796

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, 2017–18
Occupation (1)20172018
NumberNumberPercent

Total

174158100

Management occupations

10128

Top executives

--11

Chief executives

--11

Chief executives

--11

Advertising, marketing, promotions, public relations, and sales managers

--11

Marketing and sales managers

--11

Sales managers

--11

Other management occupations

885

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

674

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

674

Business and financial operations occupations

--32

Financial specialists

--11

Financial analysts and advisors

--11

Personal financial advisors

--11

Computer and mathematical occupations

------

Architecture and engineering occupations

------

Life, physical, and social science occupations

------

Community and social services occupations

4----

Legal occupations

------

Education, training, and library occupations

1----

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations

------

Media and communication equipment workers

------

Photographers

--11

Photographers

--11

Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations

5----

Health diagnosing and treating practitioners

311

Veterinarians

111

Veterinarians

111

Healthcare support occupations

------

Protective service occupations

896

Supervisors of protective service workers

111

First-line supervisors of law enforcement workers

111

First-line supervisors of police and detectives

111

Law enforcement workers

343

Police officers

343

Police and sheriff's patrol officers

343

Other protective service workers

321

Security guards and gaming surveillance officers

221

Security guards

221

Food preparation and serving related occupations

364

Food and beverage serving workers

--11

Waiters and waitresses

--11

Waiters and waitresses

--11

Other food preparation and serving related workers

--32

Dishwashers

--11

Dishwashers

--11

Miscellaneous food preparation and serving related workers

--11

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations

11159

Building cleaning and pest control workers

--53

Building cleaning workers

--53

Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners

--53

Grounds maintenance workers

985

Grounds maintenance workers

985

Landscaping and groundskeeping workers

764

Personal care and service occupations

5----

Sales and related occupations

7----

Office and administrative support occupations

343

Information and record clerks

--11

Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks

--11

Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks

--11

Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers

------

Postal service workers

111

Postal service mail carriers

111

Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations

385

Supervisors of farming, fishing, and forestry workers

--32

First-line supervisors of farming, fishing, and forestry workers

--32

First-line supervisors of farming, fishing, and forestry workers

--32

Agricultural workers

343

Miscellaneous agricultural workers

343

Farmworkers, farm, ranch, and aquacultural animals

143

Forest, conservation, and logging workers

--11

Logging workers

--11

Fallers

--11

Construction and extraction occupations

292818

Supervisors of construction and extraction workers

353

First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

353

First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

353

Construction trades workers

252113

Brickmasons, blockmasons, and stonemasons

--11

Brickmasons and blockmasons

--11

Carpenters

732

Carpenters

732

Construction laborers

4106

Construction laborers

4106

Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

332

Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

1464

Supervisors of installation, maintenance, and repair workers

--11

First-line supervisors of mechanics, installers, and repairers

--11

First-line supervisors of mechanics, installers, and repairers

--11

Electrical and electronic equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers

111

Miscellaneous electrical and electronic equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers

111

Security and fire alarm systems installers

--11

Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers

432

Production occupations

1543

Other production occupations

411

Miscellaneous production workers

--11

Transportation and material moving occupations

505535

Supervisors, transportation and material moving workers

--11

First-line supervisors of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators

--11

First-line supervisors of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators

--11

Air transportation workers

--21

Aircraft pilots and flight engineers

--21

Commercial pilots

--21

Motor vehicle operators

413925

Driver/sales workers and truck drivers

383824

Driver/sales workers

--43

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

333019

Light truck or delivery services drivers

343

Material moving workers

9138

Laborers and material movers, hand

6106

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

685

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, Ohio, 2017–18
Worker characteristics20172018
NumberNumberPercent

Total

174158100

Employee status

Wage and salary workers (1)

14812478

Self-employed (2)

263422

Gender

Men

15214692

Women

22128

Age (3)

18 to 19 years

411

20 to 24 years

9106

25 to 34 years

292315

35 to 44 years

273120

45 to 54 years

383723

55 to 64 years

443522

65 years and over

222013

Race or ethnic origin (4)

White, non-Hispanic

13812076

Black or African-American, non-Hispanic

152214

Hispanic or Latino

15117

Asian, non-Hispanic

543

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: Tuesday, February 25, 2020