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Wednesday, March 17, 2021

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Fatal Work Injuries in Iowa — 2019

Fatal work injuries totaled 76 in 2019 for Iowa, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. (See chart 1.) Regional Commissioner Jason Palmer noted that the number of work-related fatalities in Iowa was similar to the previous year. The state's fatal occupational injuries have ranged from a high of 110 in 1992 to a low of 54 in 1995.


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 Iowa, transportation incidents resulted in 32 fatal work injuries, and contact with objects and equipment accounted for 14 fatalities. These two major categories accounted for 61 percent of all workplace fatalities in the state. (See table 1.) Worker deaths from transportation incidents were up from 30 over the year, and worker fatalities due to contact with objects and equipment were down from 17.

Violence and other injuries by person or animals was the third-most frequent fatal work event with 10 fatalities, up from 6 in the prior year. Exposure to harmful substances and environments resulted in 9 work-related deaths compared to 11 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 agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting industry had the highest number of fatalities in Iowa with 19. (See table 2.) Contact with objects and equipment resulted in 6 of the 19 fatalities in the industry. The crop production sector accounted for 10 of the 19 workplace fatalities in the agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting industry.

The transportation and warehousing industry had 14 workplace fatalities. The general freight trucking sector accounted for 10, or 71 percent, of this industry's fatal injuries.

Occupation

The transportation and material moving occupational group had the highest number of workplace fatalities with 22. (See table 3.) Motor vehicle operators accounted for 19 of the 22 fatalities among transportation and material moving workers. The management occupational group had the second-highest number of workplace fatalities with 14, followed by construction and extraction occupations with 9. Supervisors of construction and extraction workers accounted for 5 of the 9 construction and extraction occupational fatalities.

Additional highlights

  • Men accounted for 89 percent of the work-related fatalities in Iowa, compared to the national share of 92 percent. (See table 4.) Transportation incidents made up 41 percent of the fatalities for men in Iowa.

  • White non-Hispanics accounted for 88 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 42 percent of the state’s work-related fatalities in 2019, compared to 55 percent of on-the-job fatalities nationally.

  • Of the 76 fatal work injuries in Iowa, 70 percent worked for wages and salaries; the remainder were self-employed. The most frequent fatal event for 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 Iowa Workforce Development 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, Iowa, 2018–19
Event or exposure (1)20182019
NumberNumberPercent

Total

7776100

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals

61013

Intentional injury by person

468

Intentional injury by other person

234

Shooting by other person--intentional

123

Multiple violent acts by other person

--11

Self-inflicted injury--intentional

--34

Shooting--intentional self-harm

--34

Animal and insect related incidents

--45

Bites and stings

--11

Stings and venomous bites

--11

Struck by animal

--34

Gored or rammed by animal

--11

Transportation incidents

303242

Pedestrian vehicular incident

445

Pedestrian struck by vehicle in nonroadway area

434

Roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicle

162229

Roadway collision with other vehicle

141216

Roadway collision--moving in opposite directions, oncoming

434

Roadway collision--moving perpendicularly

468

Roadway collision with object other than vehicle

--45

Roadway noncollision incident

268

Nonroadway incident involving motorized land vehicles

645

Nonroadway noncollision incident

545

Fires and explosions

145

Falls, slips, trips

1279

Falls to lower level

1045

Other fall to lower level

834

Exposure to harmful substances or environments

11912

Exposure to other harmful substances

757

Inhalation of harmful substance

--34

Contact with objects and equipment

171418

Struck by object or equipment

11811

Struck by powered vehicle--nontransport

445

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

645

Caught in or compressed by equipment or objects

--34

Caught in running equipment or machinery

--34

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

434

Engulfment in other collapsing material

234

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, Iowa, 2019
Industry (1)NumberPercent

Total

76100

Private industry (2)

7396

Goods producing

----

Natural resources and mining

1925

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

1925

Crop production

1013

Oilseed and grain farming

811

Corn farming

68

Animal production and aquaculture

68

Cattle ranching and farming

45

Construction

79

Construction

79

Service providing (3)

----

Trade, transportation, and utilities

2229

Wholesale trade

57

Merchant wholesalers, durable goods

34

Retail trade

34

Miscellaneous store retailers

11

Used merchandise stores

11

Used merchandise stores

11

Transportation and warehousing

1418

Truck transportation

1216

General freight trucking

1013

General freight trucking, local

68

Financial activities

----

Professional and business services

79

Professional, scientific, and technical services

11

Professional, scientific, and technical services

11

Computer systems design and related services

11

Computer systems design and related services

11

Administrative and support and waste management and remediation services

68

Educational and health services

----

Leisure and hospitality

----

Other services, except public administration

45

Other services, except public administration

45

Personal and laundry services

11

Personal care services

11

Hair, nail, and skin care services

11

Beauty salons

11

Religious, grantmaking, civic, professional, and similar organizations

11

Religious organizations

11

Religious organizations

11

Government (4)

34

Federal government

11

State government

11

Local government

11

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, Iowa, 2019
Occupation (1)NumberPercent

Total

76100

Management occupations

1418

Business and financial operations occupations

----

Computer and mathematical occupations

11

Computer specialists

11

Computer occupations

11

Computer support specialists

11

Computer user support specialists

11

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

----

Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations

----

Healthcare support occupations

----

Protective service occupations

23

Supervisors of protective service workers

11

First-line supervisors of firefighting and prevention workers

11

First-line supervisors of firefighting and prevention workers

11

Law enforcement workers

11

Police officers

11

Food preparation and serving related occupations

----

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations

----

Personal care and service occupations

----

Sales and related occupations

45

Office and administrative support occupations

34

Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations

811

Agricultural workers

68

Miscellaneous agricultural workers

68

Farmworkers, farm, ranch, and aquacultural animals

34

Construction and extraction occupations

912

Supervisors of construction and extraction workers

57

First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

57

First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

57

Construction trades workers

45

Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

68

Production occupations

----

Transportation and material moving occupations

2229

Air transportation workers

11

Aircraft pilots and flight engineers

11

Commercial pilots

11

Motor vehicle operators

1925

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, Iowa, 2018–19
Worker characteristics20182019
NumberNumberPercent

Total

7776100

Employee status

Wage and salary workers (1)

515370

Self-employed (2)

262330

Gender

Men

746889

Women

3811

Age (3)

20 to 24 years

--68

25 to 34 years

8912

35 to 44 years

10912

45 to 54 years

161418

55 to 64 years

271824

65 years and over

131824

Race or ethnic origin (4)

White, non-Hispanic

576788

Black or African-American, non-Hispanic

------

Hispanic or Latino

568

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