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Thursday, March 18, 2021

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Fatal Work Injuries in North Dakota — 2019

Fatal work injuries totaled 37 in 2019 for North Dakota, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Jason Palmer noted that the number of work-related fatalities in North Dakota rose from the previous year. (See chart 1.) Fatal occupational injuries in the state have ranged from a high of 65 in 2012 to a low of 20 in 1992.


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 North Dakota, transportation incidents resulted in 12 fatal work injuries, while violence and other injuries by persons or animals and contact with objects and equipment accounted for 9 fatalities each. These three major categories accounted for 81 percent of all workplace fatalities in the state. (See table 1.) Worker deaths from transportation incidents were down from 24 over the year. Worker fatalities due to violence and other injuries by persons or animals were up from three, and contact with objects and equipment were up from six worker fatalities over the 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 North Dakota fatalities with seven. (See table 2.) Contact with objects and equipment resulted in 4 of the 7 fatalities in the industry. The cattle ranching and farming sector accounted for 4 of the 7 workplace fatalities in the agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting industry.

The private transportation and warehousing industry had five workplace fatalities. The truck transportation sector accounted for all five of the fatal injuries in this industry.

Occupation

The construction and extraction occupational group had the highest number of workplace fatalities with nine. (See table 3.) Construction trades workers accounted for 4 of the 9 fatalities among construction and extraction workers. The transportation and material moving occupational group had the second-highest number of workplace fatalities with seven, followed by management occupations with five. Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers suffered four of the work-related deaths within the transportation and material moving group. Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers accounted for 4 of the 5 management occupational fatalities.

Additional highlights

  • Men accounted for 95 percent of the work-related fatalities in North Dakota, compared to the national share of 92 percent. (See table 4.) Transportation incidents made up 34 percent of the fatalities for men in North Dakota.

  • White non-Hispanics accounted for 86 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 62 percent of the state’s work-related fatalities in 2019, compared to 55 percent of on-the-job fatalities nationally.

  • Of the 37 fatal work injuries in North Dakota, 76 percent worked for wages and salaries; the remainder were self-employed. The most frequent fatal event for wage and salary workers was transportation incidents; contact with objects and equipment was the most frequent fatal event for self-employed workers.

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 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, North Dakota, 2018–19
Event or exposure (1)20182019
NumberNumberPercent

Total

3537100

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals

3924

Intentional injury by person

--719

Intentional injury by other person

--514

Shooting by other person--intentional

--13

Stabbing, cutting, slashing, piercing

--13

Multiple violent acts by other person

--38

Transportation incidents

241232

Rail vehicle incidents

--13

Collision between rail vehicle and another vehicle

--13

Pedestrian vehicular incident

313

Pedestrian struck by vehicle in work zone

--13

Pedestrian struck by forward-moving vehicle in work zone

--13

Roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicle

13924

Roadway collision with other vehicle

9514

Roadway collision--moving perpendicularly

125

Roadway collision with object other than vehicle

--13

Vehicle struck object or animal on side of roadway

--13

Roadway noncollision incident

438

Fall or jump from and struck by same vehicle in normal operation, roadway

--13

Nonroadway incident involving motorized land vehicles

413

Nonroadway noncollision incident

--13

Jack-knifed or overturned, nonroadway

--13

Fires and explosions

------

Falls, slips, trips

------

Exposure to harmful substances or environments

--514

Exposure to other harmful substances

--38

Contact with objects and equipment

6924

Struck by object or equipment

4514

Struck by powered vehicle--nontransport

238

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

------

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

--13

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

--25

Engulfment in other collapsing material

--25

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, North Dakota, 2019
Industry (1)NumberPercent

Total

37100

Private industry (2)

3595

Goods producing

----

Natural resources and mining

1027

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

719

Animal production and aquaculture

411

Cattle ranching and farming

411

Beef cattle ranching and farming, including feedlots

13

Beef cattle ranching and farming

13

Support activities for agriculture and forestry

13

Support activities for animal production

13

Support activities for animal production

13

Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (3)

38

Support activities for mining

38

Support activities for mining

38

Support activities for mining

38

Support activities for oil and gas operations

38

Construction

616

Construction

616

Service providing (4)

----

Trade, transportation, and utilities

616

Wholesale trade

13

Merchant wholesalers, nondurable goods

13

Farm product raw material merchant wholesalers

13

Grain and field bean merchant wholesalers

13

Transportation and warehousing

514

Truck transportation

514

Financial activities

411

Real estate and rental and leasing

411

Real estate

411

Activities related to real estate

411

Real estate property managers

411

Residential property managers

411

Professional and business services

38

Professional, scientific, and technical services

13

Professional, scientific, and technical services

13

Architectural, engineering, and related services

13

Testing laboratories

13

Educational and health services

----

Leisure and hospitality

----

Other services, except public administration

411

Other services, except public administration

411

Repair and maintenance

411

Government (5)

25

Federal government

13

State government

----

Local government

13

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) Includes fatal injuries at all establishments categorized as Mining (Sector 21) in the North American Industry Classification System, including establishments not governed by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) rules and reporting, such as those in oil and gas extraction.
(4) Cases where industry is unknown are included in the service sector counts.
(5) 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, North Dakota, 2019
Occupation (1)NumberPercent

Total

37100

Management occupations

514

Other management occupations

514

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

411

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

411

Property, real estate, and community association managers

13

Property, real estate, and community association managers

13

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

----

Food preparation and serving related occupations

13

Supervisors of food preparation and serving workers

13

Supervisors of food preparation and serving workers

13

First-line supervisors of food preparation and serving workers

13

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations

38

Supervisors of building and grounds cleaning and maintenance workers

25

First-line supervisors of building and grounds cleaning and maintenance workers

25

First-line supervisors of housekeeping and janitorial workers

13

First-line supervisors of landscaping, lawn service, and groundskeeping workers

13

Grounds maintenance workers

13

Grounds maintenance workers

13

Landscaping and groundskeeping workers

13

Personal care and service occupations

----

Sales and related occupations

----

Office and administrative support occupations

13

Financial clerks

13

Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks

13

Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks

13

Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations

411

Supervisors of farming, fishing, and forestry workers

13

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

13

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

13

Agricultural workers

38

Miscellaneous agricultural workers

38

Farmworkers, farm, ranch, and aquacultural animals

13

Construction and extraction occupations

924

Supervisors of construction and extraction workers

25

First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

25

First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

25

Construction trades workers

411

Other construction and related workers

13

Elevator and escalator installers and repairers

13

Elevator and escalator installers and repairers

13

Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

411

Supervisors of installation, maintenance, and repair workers

38

First-line supervisors of mechanics, installers, and repairers

38

First-line supervisors of mechanics, installers, and repairers

38

Other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

13

Miscellaneous installation, maintenance, and repair workers

13

Production occupations

----

Transportation and material moving occupations

719

Motor vehicle operators

514

Driver/sales workers and truck drivers

514

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

411

Light truck drivers

13

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, North Dakota, 2018–19
Worker characteristics20182019
NumberNumberPercent

Total

3537100

Employee status

Wage and salary workers (1)

202876

Self-employed (2)

15924

Gender

Men

333595

Women

225

Age (3)

16 to 17 years

--13

25 to 34 years

--822

35 to 44 years

2616

45 to 54 years

3924

55 to 64 years

11924

65 years and over

13411

Race or ethnic origin (4)

White, non-Hispanic

333286

Black or African-American, non-Hispanic

------

Hispanic or Latino

------

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