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21-201-CHI
Wednesday, March 17, 2021

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Fatal Work Injuries in Illinois — 2019

Fatal work injuries totaled 158 in 2019 for Illinois, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Jason Palmer noted that the number of work-related fatalities in Illinois was down from the previous year. (See chart 1.) Fatal occupational injuries in the state have ranged from a high of 262 in 1996 to a low of 146 in 2012.


Nationwide, a total of 5,333 fatal work injuries were recorded in 2019, a 2-percent increase from the 5,250 in 2018, according to the results from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) program. The 5,333 fatal occupational injuries in 2019 represents the largest annual number since 2007.

Fatal event or exposure

In Illinois, transportation incidents resulted in 53 fatal work injuries, and violence and other injuries by persons or animals accounted for 31 fatalities. These two major categories accounted for 53 percent of all workplace fatalities in the state. (See table 1.) Worker deaths from transportation incidents were down from 75 over the year, and worker fatalities due to violence or other injuries by persons or animals were up from 26.

Falls, slips, and trips was the third-most frequent fatal work event with 26 fatalities, compared to 25 in the prior year. Contact with objects or equipment resulted in 23 work-related deaths, down from 34 in 2018.

Nationally, transportation incidents were the most frequent fatal workplace event in 2019, accounting for 40 percent of fatal work injuries. (See chart 2.) Falls, slips, and trips was the second-most common fatal event (17 percent), followed by violence and other injuries by persons or animals (16 percent).


Industry

The private construction industry had the highest number of fatalities in Illinois with 30. (See table 2.) Transportation incidents resulted in 7 of the 30 fatalities in the industry. The private transportation and warehousing industry had 24 workplace fatalities. The general freight trucking sector accounted for 12, or 50 percent, of this industry's fatal injuries.

Occupation

The transportation and material moving occupational group had the highest number of workplace fatalities with 41. (See table 3.) Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers accounted for 22 of the 41 fatalities among transportation and material moving workers. The construction and extraction occupational group had the second-highest number of workplace fatalities with 30. Construction trade workers suffered 24 of the work-related deaths within the construction and extraction occupational group. The management occupational group had 20 workplace fatalities, of which 11 were farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers.

Additional highlights

  • Men accounted for 90 percent of the work-related fatalities in Illinois, compared to the national share of 92 percent. (See table 4.) Transportation incidents made up 32 percent of the fatalities for men in Illinois.

  • White non-Hispanics accounted for 73 percent of those who died from a workplace injury. Nationwide, this group accounted for 62 percent of work-related deaths.

  • Workers 25-54 years old accounted for 58 percent of the state’s work-related fatalities in 2019, compared to 55 percent of on-the-job fatalities nationally.

  • Of the 158 fatal work injuries in Illinois, 82 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.

Changes in Industry and Occupation Classification Structure

Information in this release incorporates revisions to both the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) and the Standard Occupational Classification codes (SOC). Comparison of data for 2019 to prior years should be done with caution due to these changes, and thus analysis in this release is limited to 2019 for industries and occupations. More information on NAICS can be found at www.bls.gov/bls/naics.htm. More information on SOC can be found at www.bls.gov/soc/2018/home.htm.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic Impact on the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries

Data in this news release are for reference year 2019. No changes in collection procedures or outputs were necessary due to COVID-19. Additional information is available at www.bls.gov/covid19/effects-of-covid-19-on-workplace-injuries-and-illnesses-compensation-and-occupational-requirements.htm.  


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 2019 national data, over 25,100 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 and the CFOI definitions at www.bls.gov/iif/oshcfdef.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 Illinois Department of Public Health 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 individuals with sensory impairments upon request. Voice phone: (202) 691-5200; Federal Relay Service: (800) 877-8339.

Table 1. Fatal occupational injuries by event or exposure, Illinois, 2018–19
Event or exposure (1)20182019
NumberNumberPercent

Total

184158100

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals

263120

Intentional injury by person

232918

Intentional injury by other person

142113

Shooting by other person--intentional

101811

Stabbing, cutting, slashing, piercing

111

Self-inflicted injury--intentional

985

Shooting--intentional self-harm

532

Transportation incidents

755334

Rail vehicle incidents

453

Collision between rail vehicle and another vehicle

--43

Pedestrian vehicular incident

12149

Pedestrian struck by vehicle in work zone

--43

Pedestrian struck by vehicle on side of road

--43

Pedestrian struck by vehicle in nonroadway area

443

Pedestrian struck by vehicle backing up in nonroadway area

--32

Roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicle

472918

Roadway collision with other vehicle

262013

Roadway collision--moving in same direction

674

Roadway collision--moving in opposite directions, oncoming

953

Roadway collision--moving perpendicularly

632

Roadway collision--moving and standing vehicle on side of roadway

--32

Roadway collision with object other than vehicle

932

Vehicle struck object or animal on side of roadway

932

Roadway noncollision incident

1264

Jack-knifed or overturned, roadway

743

Nonroadway incident involving motorized land vehicles

1253

Fires and explosions

3----

Falls, slips, trips

252616

Falls to lower level

171811

Fall through surface or existing opening

--32

Fall through surface or existing opening 26 to 30 feet

--11

Other fall to lower level

13159

Other fall to lower level 6 to 10 feet

--32

Other fall to lower level 11 to 15 feet

--32

Other fall to lower level more than 30 feet

--21

Exposure to harmful substances or environments

201711

Exposure to electricity

785

Direct exposure to electricity

332

Direct exposure to electricity, 220 volts or less

--11

Indirect exposure to electricity

353

Exposure to other harmful substances

1174

Contact with objects and equipment

342315

Struck by object or equipment

301610

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

1085

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

332

Caught in or compressed by equipment or objects

--43

Caught in running equipment or machinery

--32

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. For complete information on how the data are coded and presented see our definitions page at https://www.bls.gov/iif/oshcfdef.htm. Dashes indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria. CFOI fatal injury counts exclude illness-related deaths unless precipitated by an injury event.

Table 2. Fatal occupational injuries by industry, Illinois, 2019
Industry (1)NumberPercent

Total

158100

Private industry (2)

13988

Goods producing

----

Natural resources and mining

----

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

159

Crop production

128

Oilseed and grain farming

106

Soybean farming

11

Corn farming

85

Other grain farming

11

Support activities for agriculture and forestry

11

Support activities for crop production

11

Support activities for crop production

11

Soil preparation, planting, and cultivating

11

Construction

3019

Construction

3019

Heavy and civil engineering construction

43

Service providing (3)

----

Trade, transportation, and utilities

3623

Utilities

11

Utilities

11

Electric power generation, transmission and distribution

11

Electric power transmission, control, and distribution

11

Electric power distribution

11

Wholesale trade

64

Merchant wholesalers, durable goods

32

Miscellaneous durable goods merchant wholesalers

11

Recyclable material merchant wholesalers

11

Merchant wholesalers, nondurable goods

32

Farm product raw material merchant wholesalers

11

Grain and field bean merchant wholesalers

11

Retail trade

53

Food and beverage stores

11

Grocery stores

11

Supermarkets and other grocery (except convenience) stores

11

Gasoline stations

11

Gasoline stations

11

Gasoline stations with convenience stores

11

Miscellaneous store retailers

11

Used merchandise stores

11

Used merchandise stores

11

Transportation and warehousing

2415

Truck transportation

1711

General freight trucking

128

General freight trucking, local

64

General freight trucking, long-distance

53

General freight trucking, long-distance, truckload

32

Specialized freight trucking

53

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

53

Transit and ground passenger transportation

21

Taxi and limousine service

21

Taxi service

21

Couriers and messengers

21

Couriers and express delivery services

21

Couriers and express delivery services

21

Financial activities

----

Professional and business services

96

Administrative and support and waste management and remediation services

74

Administrative and support services

74

Educational and health services

----

Leisure and hospitality

138

Arts, entertainment, and recreation

21

Performing arts, spectator sports, and related industries

11

Independent artists, writers, and performers

11

Independent artists, writers, and performers

11

Amusement, gambling, and recreation industries

11

Other amusement and recreation industries

11

Golf courses and country clubs

11

Accommodation and food services

117

Food services and drinking places

117

Special food services

11

Mobile food services

11

Drinking places (alcoholic beverages)

11

Drinking places (alcoholic beverages)

11

Restaurants and other eating places

96

Restaurants and other eating places

96

Full-service restaurants

43

Limited-service restaurants

53

Other services, except public administration

117

Other services, except public administration

117

Repair and maintenance

64

Automotive repair and maintenance

64

Automotive mechanical and electrical repair and maintenance

43

Automotive body, paint, interior, and glass repair

11

Automotive body, paint, and interior repair and maintenance

11

Other automotive repair and maintenance

11

Car washes

11

Government (4)

1912

Federal government

----

State government

53

Local government

128

Footnotes:
(1) CFOI has used several versions of the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) since 2003 to define industry. For complete information on the version of NAICS used in this year, see our definitions page at https://www.bls.gov/iif/oshcfdef.htm.
(2) Cases where ownership is unknown are included in private industry counts.
(3) Cases where industry is unknown are included in the service sector counts.
(4) Includes fatal injuries to workers employed by governmental organizations regardless of industry. Cases classified as foreign government and other government are included in all government counts, but not displayed separately.

NOTE: Data for all years are final. Totals for major categories may include subcategories not shown separately. For complete information on how the data are coded and presented see our definitions page at https://www.bls.gov/iif/oshcfdef.htm. Dashes indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria. CFOI fatal injury counts exclude illness-related deaths unless precipitated by an injury event.

Table 3. Fatal occupational injuries by occupation, Illinois, 2019
Occupation (1)NumberPercent

Total

158100

Management occupations

2013

Operations specialties managers

21

Other management occupations

1610

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

117

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

117

Business and financial operations occupations

----

Computer and mathematical occupations

----

Architecture and engineering occupations

----

Life, physical, and social science occupations

----

Community and social service occupations

11

Religious workers

11

Clergy

11

Clergy

11

Legal occupations

----

Educational instruction and library occupations

----

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations

11

Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations

----

Healthcare support occupations

----

Protective service occupations

1711

Supervisors of protective service workers

11

First-line supervisors of firefighting and prevention workers

11

First-line supervisors of firefighting and prevention workers

11

Firefighting and prevention workers

21

Law enforcement workers

85

Police officers

85

Other protective service workers

64

Security guards and gambling surveillance officers

53

Security guards

53

Food preparation and serving related occupations

43

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations

53

Grounds maintenance workers

32

Grounds maintenance workers

32

Personal care and service occupations

----

Sales and related occupations

74

Other sales and related workers

11

Miscellaneous sales and related workers

11

Office and administrative support occupations

64

Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers

32

Meter readers, utilities

11

Meter readers, utilities

11

Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations

43

Agricultural workers

32

Miscellaneous agricultural workers

32

Agricultural equipment operators

11

Construction and extraction occupations

3019

Supervisors of construction and extraction workers

32

First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

32

First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

32

Construction trades workers

2415

Construction laborers

106

Construction laborers

106

Electricians

32

Electricians

32

Roofers

43

Roofers

43

Other construction and related workers

32

Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

117

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

Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers

53

Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists

32

Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists

32

Other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

53

Maintenance and repair workers, general

32

Maintenance and repair workers, general

32

Production occupations

74

Other production occupations

43

Miscellaneous production workers

11

Transportation and material moving occupations

4126

Motor vehicle operators

3120

Driver/sales workers and truck drivers

2818

Driver/sales workers

43

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

2214

Military specific occupations (2)

----

Footnotes:
(1) CFOI has used several versions of the Standard Occupation Classification (SOC) system since 2003 to define occupation. For complete information on the version of SOC used in this year, see our definitions page at https://www.bls.gov/iif/oshcfdef.htm. Cases where occupation is unknown are included in the total.
(2) Includes fatal injuries to persons identified as resident armed forces regardless of individual occupation listed.

NOTE: Data for all years are final. Totals for major categories may include subcategories not shown separately. For complete information on how the data are coded and presented see our definitions page at https://www.bls.gov/iif/oshcfdef.htm. Dashes indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria. CFOI fatal injury counts exclude illness-related deaths unless precipitated by an injury event.

Table 4. Fatal occupational injuries by selected demographic characteristics, Illinois, 2018–19
Worker characteristics20182019
NumberNumberPercent

Total

184158100

Employee status

Wage and salary workers (1)

14012982

Self-employed (2)

442918

Gender

Men

16914290

Women

151610

Age (3)

18 to 19 years

221

20 to 24 years

685

25 to 34 years

262818

35 to 44 years

303220

45 to 54 years

463120

55 to 64 years

463422

65 years and over

282315

Race or ethnic origin (4)

White, non-Hispanic

12611673

Black or African-American, non-Hispanic

281811

Hispanic or Latino

271711

Footnotes:
(1) May include volunteers and workers receiving other types of compensation. Cases where employment status is unknown are included in the counts of wage and salary workers.
(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. Cases where ethnicity is unknown are included in counts of non-Hispanic workers.

NOTE: Data for all years are final. Totals for major categories may include subcategories not shown separately. For complete information on how the data are coded and presented see our definitions page at https://www.bls.gov/iif/oshcfdef.htm. Dashes indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria. CFOI fatal injury counts exclude illness-related deaths unless precipitated by an injury event.

 

Last Modified Date: Wednesday, March 17, 2021