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Friday, March 19, 2021

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Fatal Work Injuries in Ohio — 2019

Fatal work injuries totaled 166 in 2019 for Ohio, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Jason Palmer noted that the number of work-related fatalities in Ohio was up from the previous year. (See chart 1.) Fatal occupational injuries in the state have ranged from a high of 222 in 1999 to a low of 137 in 2009.


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 Ohio, transportation incidents resulted in 63 fatal work injuries, and falls, slips, and trips accounted for 32 fatalities. These two major categories accounted for 57 percent of all workplace fatalities in the state. (See table 1.) Worker deaths from transportation incidents were up from 60 over the year, and worker fatalities due to falls, slips, and trips were up from 22.

Contact with objects or equipment was the third-most frequent fatal work event with 28 fatalities compared to 27 in the prior year. Violence and other injuries by persons or animals resulted in 21 work-related deaths, down from 25 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 transportation and warehousing industry had the highest number of fatalities in Ohio with 24. (See table 2.) Transportation incidents resulted in 22 of the 24 fatalities in the industry. The truck transportation sector accounted for 18 of the 24 workplace fatalities in the transportation and warehousing industry.

The private agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting industry had 18 workplace fatalities. The crop production sector accounted for nine, or 50 percent, of the fatal injuries in this industry.

Occupation

The transportation and material moving occupational group had the highest number of workplace fatalities with 50. (See table 3.) Motor vehicle operators accounted for 34 of the 50 fatalities among transportation and material moving workers. The construction and extraction occupational group had the second-highest number of workplace fatalities with 30. Construction trades workers suffered 26 of the work-related deaths within the construction and extraction group.

Additional highlights

  • Men accounted for 92 percent of the work-related fatalities in Ohio, similar to the national share. (See table 4.) Transportation incidents made up 35 percent of the fatalities for men in Ohio.

  • White non-Hispanics accounted for 84 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 50 percent of the state’s work-related fatalities in 2019, compared to 55 percent of on-the-job fatalities nationally.

  • Of the 166 fatal work injuries in Ohio, 81 percent worked for wages and salaries; the remainder were self-employed. The most frequent fatal event for wage and salary workers was transportation incidents. For self-employed workers, both transportation incidents and contact with objects and equipment were the most frequent fatal events.

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 Ohio BWC Division of Safety and 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, Ohio, 2018–19
Event or exposure (1)20182019
NumberNumberPercent

Total

158166100

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals

252113

Intentional injury by person

251911

Intentional injury by other person

16148

Shooting by other person--intentional

1495

Stabbing, cutting, slashing, piercing

--21

Self-inflicted injury--intentional

953

Hanging, strangulation, asphyxiation--intentional self-harm

542

Transportation incidents

606338

Aircraft incidents

2117

Other in-flight crash

295

Other in-flight crash due to mechanical failure

--21

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

274

Pedestrian vehicular incident

13117

Pedestrian struck by vehicle in work zone

432

Pedestrian struck by forward-moving vehicle in work zone

332

Pedestrian struck by vehicle on side of road

--11

Pedestrian struck by forward-moving vehicle on side of road

--11

Pedestrian struck by vehicle in nonroadway area

653

Pedestrian struck by forward-moving vehicle in nonroadway area

--32

Roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicle

393320

Roadway collision with other vehicle

262012

Roadway collision--moving in same direction

1042

Roadway collision--moving in opposite directions, oncoming

595

Roadway collision--moving perpendicularly

1153

Roadway collision with object other than vehicle

10117

Vehicle struck object or animal on side of roadway

1074

Nonroadway incident involving motorized land vehicles

585

Nonroadway noncollision incident

564

Jack-knifed or overturned, nonroadway

453

Fires and explosions

1----

Falls, slips, trips

223219

Falls to lower level

192414

Fall through surface or existing opening

342

Other fall to lower level

152012

Other fall to lower level 6 to 10 feet

--32

Other fall to lower level 11 to 15 feet

--74

Other fall to lower level 26 to 30 feet

--11

Exposure to harmful substances or environments

222113

Exposure to electricity

464

Direct exposure to electricity

--32

Indirect exposure to electricity

332

Indirect exposure to electricity, greater than 220 volts

332

Exposure to temperature extremes

--32

Exposure to environmental heat

--32

Exposure to other harmful substances

17127

Nonmedical use of drugs or alcohol--unintentional overdose

15127

Contact with objects and equipment

272817

Struck by object or equipment

20159

Struck by powered vehicle--nontransport

664

Struck by other falling powered vehicle

--11

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

1285

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

732

Caught in or compressed by equipment or objects

553

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

--85

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, Ohio, 2019
Industry (1)NumberPercent

Total

166100

Private industry (2)

15593

Goods producing

----

Natural resources and mining

1811

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

1811

Crop production

95

Oilseed and grain farming

64

Corn farming

32

Animal production and aquaculture

64

Cattle ranching and farming

32

Dairy cattle and milk production

32

Construction

----

Service providing (3)

----

Trade, transportation, and utilities

4628

Utilities

11

Utilities

11

Electric power generation, transmission and distribution

11

Electric power generation

11

Fossil fuel electric power generation

11

Wholesale trade

117

Merchant wholesalers, durable goods

42

Machinery, equipment, and supplies merchant wholesalers

11

Industrial machinery and equipment merchant wholesalers

11

Merchant wholesalers, nondurable goods

74

Retail trade

106

Motor vehicle and parts dealers

21

Automobile dealers

11

Automotive parts, accessories, and tire stores

11

Automotive parts and accessories stores

11

Building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers

----

Building material and supplies dealers

----

Home centers

11

Food and beverage stores

32

Grocery stores

32

Clothing and clothing accessories stores

11

Clothing stores

11

Transportation and warehousing

2414

Truck transportation

1811

General freight trucking

117

General freight trucking, long-distance

85

General freight trucking, long-distance, truckload

42

Specialized freight trucking

64

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

42

Financial activities

----

Real estate and rental and leasing

32

Professional and business services

106

Professional, scientific, and technical services

42

Professional, scientific, and technical services

42

Management, scientific, and technical consulting services

11

Environmental consulting services

11

Other professional, scientific, and technical services

11

Photographic services

11

Photography studios, portrait

11

Administrative and support and waste management and remediation services

64

Administrative and support services

64

Educational and health services

----

Leisure and hospitality

138

Arts, entertainment, and recreation

42

Accommodation and food services

95

Food services and drinking places

95

Drinking places (alcoholic beverages)

21

Drinking places (alcoholic beverages)

21

Restaurants and other eating places

64

Restaurants and other eating places

64

Limited-service restaurants

21

Other services, except public administration

64

Other services, except public administration

64

Repair and maintenance

53

Automotive repair and maintenance

42

Electronic and precision equipment repair and maintenance

11

Electronic and precision equipment repair and maintenance

11

Personal and laundry services

11

Drycleaning and laundry services

11

Coin-operated laundries and drycleaners

11

Government (4)

117

Federal government

----

State government

----

Local government

95

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, Ohio, 2019
Occupation (1)NumberPercent

Total

166100

Management occupations

106

Top executives

11

Chief executives

11

Chief executives

11

Other management occupations

95

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

53

Healthcare diagnosing or treating practitioners

53

Healthcare support occupations

----

Protective service occupations

64

Firefighting and prevention workers

11

Law enforcement workers

32

Police officers

32

Food preparation and serving related occupations

85

Food and beverage serving workers

11

Fast food and counter workers

11

Fast food and counter workers

11

Other food preparation and serving related workers

32

Miscellaneous food preparation and serving related workers

32

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations

74

Supervisors of building and grounds cleaning and maintenance workers

11

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

11

First-line supervisors of housekeeping and janitorial workers

11

Grounds maintenance workers

42

Grounds maintenance workers

42

Personal care and service occupations

----

Sales and related occupations

64

Retail sales workers

32

Office and administrative support occupations

----

Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations

74

Construction and extraction occupations

3018

Supervisors of construction and extraction workers

42

First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

42

First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

42

Construction trades workers

2616

Brickmasons, blockmasons, and stonemasons

11

Brickmasons and blockmasons

11

Carpenters

32

Carpenters

32

Cement masons, concrete finishers, and terrazzo workers

11

Cement masons and concrete finishers

11

Construction laborers

117

Construction laborers

117

Roofers

32

Roofers

32

Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

127

Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers

32

Other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

74

Maintenance and repair workers, general

32

Maintenance and repair workers, general

32

Production occupations

127

Metal workers and plastic workers

64

Welding, soldering, and brazing workers

21

Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers

11

Welding, soldering, and brazing machine setters, operators, and tenders

11

Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers

11

Laundry and dry-cleaning workers

11

Laundry and dry-cleaning workers

11

Other production occupations

32

Transportation and material moving occupations

5030

Air transportation workers

85

Aircraft pilots and flight engineers

85

Commercial pilots

85

Motor vehicle operators

3420

Driver/sales workers and truck drivers

3219

Driver/sales workers

32

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

2414

Light truck drivers

53

Passenger vehicle drivers

21

Bus drivers, school

21

Material moving workers

85

Laborers and material movers

53

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

32

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, Ohio, 2018–19
Worker characteristics20182019
NumberNumberPercent

Total

158166100

Employee status

Wage and salary workers (1)

12413481

Self-employed (2)

343219

Gender

Men

14615292

Women

12148

Age (3)

20 to 24 years

1085

25 to 34 years

232213

35 to 44 years

312817

45 to 54 years

373320

55 to 64 years

354125

65 years and over

203119

Race or ethnic origin (4)

White, non-Hispanic

12014084

Black or African-American, non-Hispanic

22159

Hispanic or Latino

1195

Asian, non-Hispanic

411

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: Friday, March 19, 2021