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Thursday, March 18, 2021

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Fatal Work Injuries in Nebraska — 2019

Fatal work injuries totaled 53 in 2019 for Nebraska, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Jason Palmer noted that the number of work-related fatalities in Nebraska was up from the previous year. (See chart 1.) Fatal occupational injuries in the state have ranged from a high of 83 in 1994 and 2002 to a low of 35 in 2017.


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 Nebraska, transportation incidents resulted in 28 fatal work injuries, and contacts with objects and equipment accounted for 14 fatalities. These two major categories accounted for 79 percent of all workplace fatalities in the state. (See table 1.) Worker deaths from transportation incidents were up from 18 over the year, and worker fatalities due to contacts with objects and equipment were up from 9.

Falls, slips, and trips was the third-most frequent fatal work event with seven fatalities, down from nine in the prior year.

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 Nebraska fatalities with 14. (See table 2.) The crop production sector accounted for 10 of the 14 workplace fatalities in the agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting industry.

The private construction industry had 12 workplace fatalities. The heavy and civil engineering construction sector accounted for four, or 33 percent, of this industry's fatal injuries.

Occupation

The construction and extraction occupational group had the highest number of workplace fatalities with 14. (See table 3.) Construction trades workers accounted for 12 of the 14 fatalities among construction and extraction workers. The transportation and material moving occupational group had the second-highest number of workplace fatalities with 12, followed by management occupations with 10. Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers suffered five of the work-related deaths within the transportation and material moving group. Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers accounted for all 10 of the management occupational fatalities.

Additional highlights

  • Men accounted for 94 percent of the work-related fatalities in Nebraska, compared to the national share of 92 percent. (See table 4.) Transportation incidents made up 50 percent of the fatalities for men in Nebraska.

  • White non-Hispanics accounted for 85 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 60 percent of the state’s work-related fatalities in 2019, compared to 55 percent of on-the-job fatalities nationally.

  • Of the 53 fatal work injuries in Nebraska, 75 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 Nebraska Workers' Compensation Court 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, Nebraska, 2018–19
Event or exposure (1)20182019
NumberNumberPercent

Total

4453100

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals

------

Transportation incidents

182853

Pedestrian vehicular incident

336

Pedestrian struck by vehicle in work zone

--24

Pedestrian struck by forward-moving vehicle in work zone

--12

Pedestrian struck by vehicle backing up in work zone

--12

Pedestrian struck by vehicle in nonroadway area

--12

Roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicle

132038

Roadway collision with other vehicle

71630

Roadway collision--moving in same direction

2611

Roadway collision--moving in opposite directions, oncoming

--713

Roadway collision--moving perpendicularly

436

Roadway collision with object other than vehicle

324

Vehicle struck object or animal on side of roadway

324

Roadway noncollision incident

324

Jack-knifed or overturned, roadway

312

Nonroadway incident involving motorized land vehicles

--59

Nonroadway noncollision incident

--59

Fires and explosions

1----

Falls, slips, trips

9713

Falls to lower level

6713

Fall from collapsing structure or equipment

124

Fall from collapsing structure or equipment 11 to 15 feet

--12

Fall from collapsing structure or equipment more than 30 feet

112

Fall through surface or existing opening

--12

Fall through surface or existing opening 16 to 20 feet

--12

Other fall to lower level

548

Exposure to harmful substances or environments

6----

Contact with objects and equipment

91426

Struck by object or equipment

51019

Struck by powered vehicle--nontransport

--611

Struck or run over by rolling powered vehicle

148

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

148

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

--12

Engulfment in other collapsing material

136

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, Nebraska, 2019
Industry (1)NumberPercent

Total

53100

Private industry (2)

4891

Goods producing

----

Natural resources and mining

1426

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

1426

Crop production

1019

Oilseed and grain farming

48

Soybean farming

24

Corn farming

12

Other grain farming

12

Oilseed and grain combination farming

12

Animal production and aquaculture

48

Cattle ranching and farming

48

Beef cattle ranching and farming, including feedlots

48

Beef cattle ranching and farming

48

Construction

1223

Construction

1223

Heavy and civil engineering construction

48

Highway, street, and bridge construction

24

Highway, street, and bridge construction

24

Service providing (3)

----

Trade, transportation, and utilities

1121

Wholesale trade

48

Merchant wholesalers, nondurable goods

48

Farm product raw material merchant wholesalers

12

Grain and field bean merchant wholesalers

12

Miscellaneous nondurable goods merchant wholesalers

12

Farm supplies merchant wholesalers

12

Retail trade

48

Motor vehicle and parts dealers

12

Automobile dealers

12

Miscellaneous store retailers

36

Other miscellaneous store retailers

36

All other miscellaneous store retailers

36

Tobacco stores

12

Transportation and warehousing

36

Truck transportation

36

General freight trucking

36

Financial activities

----

Professional and business services

48

Administrative and support and waste management and remediation services

48

Administrative and support services

24

Educational and health services

----

Leisure and hospitality

12

Accommodation and food services

12

Accommodation

12

Traveler accommodation

12

Hotels (except casino hotels) and motels

12

Other services, except public administration

12

Other services, except public administration

12

Repair and maintenance

12

Automotive repair and maintenance

12

Automotive body, paint, interior, and glass repair

12

Automotive body, paint, and interior repair and maintenance

12

Government (4)

59

Federal government

----

State government

24

Local government

36

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, Nebraska, 2019
Occupation (1)NumberPercent

Total

53100

Management occupations

1019

Other management occupations

1019

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

1019

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

1019

Business and financial operations occupations

----

Computer and mathematical occupations

----

Architecture and engineering occupations

----

Life, physical, and social science occupations

----

Community and social service occupations

----

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

24

Law enforcement workers

12

Police officers

12

Other protective service workers

12

Miscellaneous protective service workers

12

Food preparation and serving related occupations

----

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations

----

Personal care and service occupations

----

Sales and related occupations

36

Supervisors of sales workers

12

First-line supervisors of sales workers

12

First-line supervisors of retail sales workers

12

Retail sales workers

12

Retail salespersons

12

Retail salespersons

12

Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing

12

Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing

12

Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products

12

Office and administrative support occupations

12

Information and record clerks

12

Court, municipal, and license clerks

12

Court, municipal, and license clerks

12

Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations

48

Agricultural workers

48

Miscellaneous agricultural workers

48

Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse

48

Construction and extraction occupations

1426

Supervisors of construction and extraction workers

12

First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

12

First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

12

Construction trades workers

1223

Carpenters

12

Carpenters

12

Construction laborers

48

Construction laborers

48

Construction equipment operators

12

Paving, surfacing, and tamping equipment operators

12

Painters and paperhangers

12

Painters, construction and maintenance

12

Roofers

36

Roofers

36

Other construction and related workers

12

Construction and building inspectors

12

Construction and building inspectors

12

Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

36

Production occupations

----

Transportation and material moving occupations

1223

Motor vehicle operators

713

Driver/sales workers and truck drivers

713

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

59

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, Nebraska, 2018–19
Worker characteristics20182019
NumberNumberPercent

Total

4453100

Employee status

Wage and salary workers (1)

354075

Self-employed (2)

91325

Gender

Men

425094

Women

--36

Age (3)

20 to 24 years

148

25 to 34 years

7611

35 to 44 years

859

45 to 54 years

82140

55 to 64 years

15713

65 years and over

41019

Race or ethnic origin (4)

White, non-Hispanic

354585

Black or African-American, non-Hispanic

------

Hispanic or Latino

7----

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: Thursday, March 18, 2021