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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

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Fatal Work Injuries in Wisconsin — 2018

Fatal work injuries totaled 114 in 2018 for Wisconsin, 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 Wisconsin was up from the previous year. Fatal occupational injuries in the state have ranged from a high of 138 in 1993 to a low of 77 in 2008.

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 Wisconsin, transportation incidents resulted in 48 fatal work injuries, and contact with objects and equipment accounted for 20 fatalities. These two major categories accounted for 60 percent of all workplace fatalities in the state. (See table 1.) Worker deaths from transportation incidents were up from 35 over the year, and worker fatalities due to contact with objects and equipment were unchanged from their 2017 level.

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals was the third-most frequent fatal work event with 15 fatalities, down from 20 in the prior year. Falls, slips, or trips resulted in 14 work-related deaths compared to 18 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 Wisconsin with 30, up from 24 in the previous year. (See table 2.) Transportation incidents and contact with objects or equipment resulted in 10 fatalities each within the industry. Two sectors, animal production and aquaculture plus crop production, each had 13 workplace fatalities in the private agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting industry.

The private transportation and warehousing industry had 13 workplace fatalities, up from 7 in the previous year. The specialized freight trucking sector accounted for 6, or 46 percent, of the fatal injuries in this industry.

Occupation

The transportation and material moving occupational group had the highest number of workplace fatalities with 26. (See table 3.)  Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers accounted for 14 of the fatalities among transportation and material moving workers. The management occupational group had the second-highest number of workplace fatalities with 22. Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers accounted for 18 of the 22 management occupational fatalities. Within the farming, fishing, and forestry occupational group, agricultural workers accounted for 7 of the 10 total fatalities. Construction trades workers suffered 7 of the 10 work-related deaths within the construction and extraction group.

Additional highlights

  • Men accounted for 89 percent of the work-related fatalities in Wisconsin, compared to the 92-percent national share. (See table 4.) Transportation incidents made up 39 percent of the fatalities for men in Wisconsin.

  • White non-Hispanics accounted for 89 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 45 percent of the state’s work-related fatalities in 2018, compared to 58 percent of on-the-job fatalities nationally.

  • Of the 114 fatal work injuries in Wisconsin, 68 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 Wisconsin State Laboratory of 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, Wisconsin, 2017–18
Event or exposure (1)20172018
NumberNumberPercent

Total

106114100

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals

201513

Intentional injury by person

191211

Intentional injury by other person

1187

Shooting by other person--intentional

865

Stabbing, cutting, slashing, piercing

--11

Self-inflicted injury--intentional

844

Shooting--intentional self-harm

433

Transportation incidents

354842

Aircraft incidents

--65

Other in-flight crash

------

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

--11

Pedestrian vehicular incident

487

Pedestrian struck by vehicle on side of road

--44

Pedestrian struck by forward-moving vehicle on side of road

--44

Roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicle

212118

Roadway collision with other vehicle

141311

Roadway collision--moving in same direction

454

Roadway collision--moving in opposite directions, oncoming

654

Roadway collision with object other than vehicle

--33

Vehicle struck object or animal on side of roadway

--33

Roadway noncollision incident

654

Jack-knifed or overturned, roadway

544

Nonroadway incident involving motorized land vehicles

898

Nonroadway collision with object other than vehicle

--33

Nonroadway noncollision incident

654

Jack-knifed or overturned, nonroadway

333

Fires and explosions

733

Falls, slips, trips

181412

Falls on same level

--44

Falls to lower level

1587

Other fall to lower level

1376

Other fall to lower level more than 30 feet

--11

Exposure to harmful substances or environments

61311

Exposure to other harmful substances

698

Nonmedical use of drugs or alcohol--unintentional overdose

387

Contact with objects and equipment

202018

Struck by object or equipment

19109

Struck by powered vehicle--nontransport

554

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

944

Struck by discharged or flying object

411

Caught in or compressed by equipment or objects

--76

Caught in running equipment or machinery

--76

Caught in running equipment or machinery during maintenance, cleaning

--54

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

Total

106114100

Private industry

9610794

Goods producing

505246

Natural resources and mining

243026

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

243026

Crop production

121311

Oilseed and grain farming

--54

Corn farming

--54

Animal production and aquaculture

101311

Cattle ranching and farming

9109

Dairy cattle and milk production

498

Other animal production

--11

Horses and other equine production

--11

Forestry and logging

--33

Logging

--33

Logging

--33

Construction

171211

Construction

171211

Specialty trade contractors

14109

Foundation, structure, and building exterior contractors

544

Roofing contractors

311

Residential roofing contractors

--11

Building equipment contractors

533

Manufacturing

9109

Manufacturing

9109

Fabricated metal product manufacturing

--33

Service providing

465548

Trade, transportation, and utilities

182522

Wholesale trade

4109

Merchant wholesalers, durable goods

--76

Merchant wholesalers, nondurable goods

--33

Transportation and warehousing

71311

Truck transportation

787

Specialized freight trucking

465

Specialized freight (except used goods) trucking, local

--33

Pipeline transportation

--11

Pipeline transportation of crude oil

--11

Pipeline transportation of crude oil

--11

Couriers and messengers

--11

Couriers

--11

Couriers

--11

Information

------

Financial activities

7----

Professional and business services

765

Administrative and waste services

444

Administrative and support services

433

Educational and health services

4109

Health care and social assistance

4109

Hospitals

344

General medical and surgical hospitals

344

General medical and surgical hospitals

344

Leisure and hospitality

587

Arts, entertainment, and recreation

--54

Performing arts, spectator sports, and related industries

133

Amusement, gambling, and recreation industries

--11

Other amusement and recreation industries

--11

Fitness and recreational sports centers

--11

Accommodation and food services

333

Food services and drinking places

--33

Special food services

--11

Mobile food services

--11

Restaurants and other eating places

------

Restaurants and other eating places

------

Snack and nonalcoholic beverage bars

--11

Other services, except public administration

344

Other services, except public administration

344

Religious, grantmaking, civic, professional, and similar organizations

--44

Civic and social organizations

--44

Civic and social organizations

--44

Government (2)

1076

Federal government

------

State government

5----

Local government

565

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, Wisconsin, 2017–18
Occupation (1)20172018
NumberNumberPercent

Total

106114100

Management occupations

272219

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

--11

Marketing and sales managers

--11

Sales managers

--11

Other management occupations

252118

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

211816

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

211816

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

1----

Education, training, and library occupations

------

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations

144

Entertainers and performers, sports and related workers

133

Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations

3----

Health technologists and technicians

111

Emergency medical technicians and paramedics

111

Emergency medical technicians and paramedics

111

Healthcare support occupations

--33

Protective service occupations

333

Food preparation and serving related occupations

--33

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations

387

Grounds maintenance workers

--76

Grounds maintenance workers

--76

Landscaping and groundskeeping workers

--65

Personal care and service occupations

------

Sales and related occupations

--44

Office and administrative support occupations

433

Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations

4109

Agricultural workers

--76

Miscellaneous agricultural workers

--76

Farmworkers, farm, ranch, and aquacultural animals

--54

Forest, conservation, and logging workers

--33

Logging workers

--33

Fallers

133

Construction and extraction occupations

15109

Construction trades workers

1376

Roofers

311

Roofers

311

Other construction and related workers

--11

Septic tank servicers and sewer pipe cleaners

--11

Septic tank servicers and sewer pipe cleaners

--11

Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

1044

Other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

833

Production occupations

976

Metal workers and plastic workers

--44

Machinists

--33

Machinists

--33

Transportation and material moving occupations

172623

Air transportation workers

--33

Aircraft pilots and flight engineers

--33

Commercial pilots

--33

Motor vehicle operators

111614

Driver/sales workers and truck drivers

91614

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

81412

Material moving workers

665

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, Wisconsin, 2017–18
Worker characteristics20172018
NumberNumberPercent

Total

106114100

Employee status

Wage and salary workers (1)

667868

Self-employed (2)

403632

Gender

Men

9710189

Women

91311

Age (3)

Under 16 years

--54

18 to 19 years

--11

20 to 24 years

654

25 to 34 years

151917

35 to 44 years

161614

45 to 54 years

161614

55 to 64 years

242623

65 years and over

292623

Race or ethnic origin (4)

White, non-Hispanic

9210289

Black or African-American, non-Hispanic

444

Hispanic or Latino

776

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