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Fatal Work Injuries in Illinois — 2016

Fatal work injuries totaled 171 in 2016 for Illinois, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Assistant Commissioner for Regional Operations Charlene Peiffer noted that the number of work-related fatalities in Illinois was little changed from the previous year. Fatal occupational injuries in the state have ranged from a high of 262 in 1996 to a low of 146 in 2012. (See chart 1.)

Nationwide, a total of 5,190 fatal work injuries were recorded in 2016, a 7-percent increase from the 4,836 fatal injuries in 2015, according to the results from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) program. This was the third consecutive increase in annual workplace fatalities and the first time more than 5,000 fatalities have been recorded since 2008.

Type of incident

In Illinois, transportation incidents resulted in 54 fatal work injuries and falls, trips, or slips accounted for 37 fatalities. These two major categories accounted for 53 percent of all workplace fatalities in the state. (See table 1.) Over the year, the number of worker deaths from transportation incidents decreased from 59, while worker fatalities due to falls, trips, or slips was up from 33.

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals was the third-most frequent fatal work event with 35 fatalities, up from 27 in the prior year. Contact with objects or equipment resulted in 28 work-related deaths compared to 29 in 2015.

Nationally, transportation incidents were the most frequent fatal workplace event in 2016, accounting for 40 percent of fatal work injuries. (See chart 2.) Violence and other injuries by persons or animals was the second-most common fatal event (17 percent), followed by falls, slips, or trips (16 percent).

Industry

The private transportation and warehousing sector had the highest number of fatalities in Illinois with 35, up from 22 in the previous year. (See table 2.) Twenty of the 22 fatalities in the sector were the result of transportation incidents. Seventy-seven percent of those fatally injured in this sector worked in truck transportation.

The private construction sector had 29 workplace fatalities, down from 38 in the previous year. The specialty trade contractor industry accounted for 21, or 72 percent, of the fatal injuries in this sector.

Occupation

The transportation and material moving and construction and extraction occupational groups had the highest number of workplace fatalities with 51 and 31, respectively. (See table 3.) Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers suffered 36 of the work-related deaths within the transportation and material moving group. Construction trade workers accounted for 22 of the 31 fatalities among construction and extraction workers.

Additional highlights

  • Men accounted for 92 percent of the work-related fatalities in Illinois, similar to the 93-percent national share. (See table 4.) Transportation incidents made up 32 percent of the fatalities for men in Illinois.
  • White non-Hispanics accounted for 71 percent of those who died from a workplace injury. Nationwide, this group accounted for 67 percent of work-related deaths.
  • Workers 25-54 years old accounted for 54 percent of the state’s work-related fatalities in 2016, compared to 57 percent of on-the-job fatalities nationally.
  • Of the 171 fatally-injured workers in Illinois, 75 percent worked for wages and salaries; the remainder were self-employed. The most frequent fatal event for both groups of workers was transportation incidents.

Technical Note

Background of the program. The Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), part of the BLS Occupational Safety and Health Statistics (OSHS) program, compiles a count of all fatal work injuries occurring in the U.S. during the calendar year. The CFOI program uses diverse 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 2016 national data, over 23,300 unique source documents were reviewed as part of the data collection process. For technical information and definitions for CFOI, please go to the BLS Handbook of Methods on the BLS website at www.bls.gov/opub/hom/cfoi/home.htm.

Federal/State agency coverage. The CFOI includes data for all fatal work injuries, even those that may be outside the scope of other agencies or regulatory coverage. Thus, any comparison between the BLS fatality census counts and those released by other agencies should take into account the different coverage requirements and definitions being used by each agency. More on the scope of CFOI can be found at www.bls.gov/iif/cfoiscope.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.

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Table 1. Fatal occupational injuries by event or exposure, Illinois, 2015–16
Event or exposure (1) 2015 2016
Number Number Percent

Total

172 171 100

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals

27 35 20

Intentional injury by person

26 32 19

Homicides (Intentional injury by other person)

18 22 13

Shooting by other person--intentional

14 18 11

Suicides (Self-inflicted injury--intentional)

8 10 6

Shooting--intentional self-harm

3 5 3

Hanging, strangulation, asphyxiation--intentional self-harm

3 4 2

Animal and insect related incidents

-- 3 2

Bites and stings

-- 3 2

Transportation incidents

59 54 32

Pedestrian vehicular incident

7 9 5

Pedestrian struck by vehicle in work zone

-- 3 2

Pedestrian struck by vehicle in nonroadway area

5 5 3

Roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicle

29 37 22

Roadway collision with other vehicle

20 21 12

Roadway collision--moving in same direction

10 7 4

Roadway collision--moving in opposite directions, oncoming

6 8 5

Roadway collision--moving perpendicularly

3 5 3

Roadway collision with object other than vehicle

5 10 6

Vehicle struck object or animal on side of roadway

5 8 5

Roadway noncollision incident

4 6 4

Jack-knifed or overturned, roadway

3 6 4

Nonroadway incident involving motorized land vehicles

16 6 4

Nonroadway noncollision incident

12 3 2

Fires and explosions

5 3 2

Falls, slips, trips

33 37 22

Falls on same level

7 11 6

Fall on same level due to tripping

-- 4 2

Falls to lower level

23 24 14

Fall through surface or existing opening

2 3 2

Other fall to lower level

20 19 11

Other fall to lower level less than 6 feet

-- 4 2

Other fall to lower level 11 to 15 feet

-- 4 2

Exposure to harmful substances or environments

19 14 8

Exposure to electricity

9 3 2

Exposure to other harmful substances

7 10 6

Nonmedical use of drugs or alcohol--unintentional overdose

7 8 5

Contact with objects and equipment

29 28 16

Struck by object or equipment

22 22 13

Struck by powered vehicle--nontransport

13 10 6

Struck by powered vehicle tipping over--nontransport

1 3 2

Struck by other falling powered vehicle

4 3 2

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

9 9 5

Caught in or compressed by equipment or objects

4 4 2

Caught in running equipment or machinery

3 4 2

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. Percentages may not add to totals because of rounding. CFOI fatality counts exclude illness-related deaths unless precipitated by an injury event. Dashes indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.
 

Table 2. Fatal occupational injuries by industry, Illinois, 2015–16
Industry (1) 2015 2016
Number Number Percent

Total

172 171 100

Private industry

154 161 94

Natural resources and mining

19 19 11

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

16 17 10

Crop production

11 14 8

Oilseed and grain farming

2 3 2

Corn farming

1 3 2

Construction

38 29 17

Construction

38 29 17

Construction of buildings

6 3 2

Heavy and civil engineering construction

4 5 3

Utility system construction

-- 3 2

Specialty trade contractors

27 21 12

Foundation, structure, and building exterior contractors

11 10 6

Structural steel and precast concrete contractors

3 4 2

Building equipment contractors

10 4 2

Electrical contractors

8 3 2

Building finishing contractors

4 5 3

Manufacturing

12 9 5

Manufacturing

12 9 5

Trade, transportation, and utilities

44 58 34

Wholesale trade

10 11 6

Merchant wholesalers, durable goods

5 5 3

Machinery, equipment, and supplies merchant wholesalers

-- 3 2

Merchant wholesalers, nondurable goods

5 6 4

Retail trade

11 11 6

Transportation and warehousing

22 35 20

Truck transportation

12 27 16

General freight trucking

8 15 9

General freight trucking, local

3 7 4

General freight trucking, long-distance

4 7 4

Specialized freight trucking

3 11 6

Specialized freight (except used goods) trucking, local

-- 3 2

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

3 8 5

Financial activities

1 3 2

Real estate and rental and leasing

-- 3 2

Professional and business services

14 14 8

Professional and technical services

3 4 2

Professional, scientific, and technical services

3 4 2

Administrative and waste services

11 10 6

Administrative and support services

9 8 5

Services to buildings and dwellings

6 4 2

Landscaping services

4 3 2

Educational and health services

2 5 3

Health care and social assistance

2 4 2

Leisure and hospitality

14 11 6

Arts, entertainment, and recreation

4 4 2

Performing arts, spectator sports, and related industries

1 4 2

Spectator sports

-- 3 2

Spectator sports

-- 3 2

Accommodation and food services

10 7 4

Food services and drinking places

9 6 4

Restaurants and other eating places

7 4 2

Restaurants and other eating places

7 4 2

Full-service restaurants

5 3 2

Other services, except public administration

9 11 6

Other services, except public administration

9 11 6

Repair and maintenance

6 6 4

Automotive repair and maintenance

3 6 4

Automotive mechanical and electrical repair and maintenance

-- 3 2

General automotive repair

-- 3 2

Automotive body, paint, interior, and glass repair

-- 3 2

Personal and laundry services

-- 3 2

Government (2)

18 10 6

Local government

12 8 5
 

Footnotes:
(1) Industry data are based on the North American Industry Classification System, 2012.
(2) Includes fatal injuries to workers employed by governmental organizations regardless of industry.
 

NOTE: Data for all years are final. Totals for major categories may include subcategories not shown separately. Percentages may not add to totals because of rounding. CFOI fatality counts exclude illness-related deaths unless precipitated by an injury event. Dashes indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.
 

Table 3. Fatal occupational injuries by occupation, Illinois, 2015–16
Occupation (1) 2015 2016
Number Number Percent

Total

172 171 100

Management occupations

21 19 11

Other management occupations

16 18 11

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

11 14 8

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

11 14 8

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations

4 3 2

Entertainers and performers, sports and related workers

-- 3 2

Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations

3 3 2

Protective service occupations

10 8 5

Law enforcement workers

3 3 2

Other protective service workers

3 5 3

Security guards and gaming surveillance officers

-- 4 2

Security guards

-- 4 2

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations

9 6 4

Grounds maintenance workers

5 3 2

Grounds maintenance workers

5 3 2

Personal care and service occupations

2 5 3

Sales and related occupations

9 12 7

Supervisors of sales workers

5 7 4

First-line supervisors of sales workers

5 7 4

First-line supervisors of retail sales workers

3 5 3

Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations

6 4 2

Agricultural workers

4 3 2

Miscellaneous agricultural workers

4 3 2

Construction and extraction occupations

39 31 18

Supervisors of construction and extraction workers

-- 4 2

First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

-- 4 2

First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

-- 4 2

Construction trades workers

35 22 13

Carpenters

3 6 4

Carpenters

3 6 4

Construction laborers

12 8 5

Construction laborers

12 8 5

Electricians

6 3 2

Electricians

6 3 2

Extraction workers

2 3 2

Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

10 14 8

Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers

4 8 5

Automotive technicians and repairers

-- 5 3

Automotive service technicians and mechanics

-- 4 2

Other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

5 6 4

Line installers and repairers

1 3 2

Production occupations

12 6 4

Metal workers and plastic workers

3 3 2

Transportation and material moving occupations

34 51 30

Motor vehicle operators

24 43 25

Driver/sales workers and truck drivers

20 41 24

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

16 36 21

Light truck or delivery services drivers

-- 4 2

Material moving workers

8 8 5

Laborers and material movers, hand

3 5 3

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

-- 5 3

Footnotes:
(1) Occupation data are based on the Standard Occupational Classification system, 2010.
 

NOTE: Totals for major categories may include subcategories not shown separately. Percentages may not add to totals because of rounding. CFOI fatality counts exclude illness-related deaths unless precipitated by an injury event. Dashes indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.
 

Table 4. Fatal occupational injuries by selected demographic characteristics, Illinois, 2015–16
Worker characteristics 2015 2016
Number Number Percent

Total

172 171 100

Employee status

 

Wage and salary workers (1)

132 129 75

Self-employed (2)

40 42 25

Gender

 

Men

162 157 92

Women

10 14 8

Age (3)

 

20 to 24 years

15 8 5

25 to 34 years

19 25 15

35 to 44 years

31 33 19

45 to 54 years

44 35 20

55 to 64 years

33 48 28

65 years and over

27 21 12

Race or ethnic origin (4)

 

White, non-Hispanic

122 122 71

Black or African-American, non-Hispanic

24 19 11

Hispanic or Latino

19 27 16

Asian, non-Hispanic

6 3 2

Footnotes:
(1) May include volunteers and workers receiving other types of compensation.
(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 Hispanic and Latino workers.
 

NOTE: Data for all years are final. Totals for major categories may include subcategories not shown separately. Percentages may not add to totals because of rounding. CFOI fatality counts exclude illness-related deaths unless precipitated by an injury event. Dashes indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.
 

 

Last Modified Date: Friday, February 23, 2018