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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

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Fatal Work Injuries in Wisconsin — 2017

Fatal work injuries totaled 106 in 2017 for Wisconsin, 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 Wisconsin was little changed from the previous year. Fatal occupational injuries in the state have ranged from a high of 138 in 1993 to a low of 77 in 2008. (See chart 1.)

Nationwide, a total of 5,147 fatal work injuries were recorded in 2017, down slightly from the 5,190 fatal injuries reported in 2016, according to the results from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) program.

Type of incident

In Wisconsin, transportation incidents resulted in 35 fatal work injuries and accounted for 33 percent of all workplace fatalities in the state. (See table 1.) The number of worker deaths from transportation incidents decreased from 38 in the previous year.

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals resulted in 20 fatal work events in the state, down from 23 in 2016. Contact with objects or equipment also accounted for 20 fatal work injuries, up from 16 in the prior year.

Nationally, transportation incidents were the most frequent fatal workplace event in 2017, accounting for 40 percent of fatal work injuries. (See chart 2.) Falls, slips, or trips was the second-most frequent type of event (17 percent), followed by violence and other injuries by persons or animals (16 percent) and contact with objects and equipment (14 percent).

Industry

The private agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting industry had the largest number of fatalities in Wisconsin with 24, up from 20 in the previous year. (See table 2.) Transportation incidents resulted in 10 of the 24 fatalities in the industry. The crop production sector accounted for one-half of the workplace fatalities in the agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting industry.

The private construction industry had 17 workplace fatalities, up from 12 in the previous year. The specialty trade contractors sector accounted for 14 of the 17 workplace fatalities in the construction industry. The manufacturing industry had 9 workplace fatalities, down from 12 in the previous year. Food product manufacturing accounted for 5, or 56 percent, of the fatalities within the manufacturing industry.

Occupation

Management occupations had the highest number of workplace fatalities with 27. Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers accounted for 21 of the 27 workplace fatalities within the management occupational group. The transportation and material moving occupational group had the second-most number of fatal injuries with 17. Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers accounted for 8 of the 17 fatalities among transportation and material moving workers. The construction and extraction occupational group had 15 worker deaths; construction trades workers suffered 13 fatal injuries within this group. (See table 3.)

Additional highlights

  • Men accounted for 92 percent of the work-related fatalities in Wisconsin, compared to the 93-percent national share. (See table 4.) Transportation incidents made up 33 percent of the fatalities for men in Wisconsin.

  • White non-Hispanics accounted for 87 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 44 percent of the state’s work-related fatalities in 2017, compared to 55 percent of on-the-job fatalities nationally.

  • Of the 106 fatally-injured workers in Wisconsin, 62 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 2017 national data, over 23,400 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 and www.bls.gov/opub/hom/cfoi/concepts.htm.

Acknowledgments. BLS thanks the Wisconsin State Laboratory of 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.

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Table 1. Fatal occupational injuries by event or exposure, Wisconsin, 2016–17
Event or exposure (1) 2016 2017
Number Number Percent

Total

105 106 100

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals

23 20 19

Intentional injury by person

21 19 18

Homicides (Intentional injury by other person)

11 11 10

Shooting by other person--intentional

9 8 8

Suicides (Self-inflicted injury--intentional)

10 8 8

Shooting--intentional self-harm

7 4 4

Transportation incidents

38 35 33

Pedestrian vehicular incident

7 4 4

Pedestrian struck by vehicle in nonroadway area

5 4 4

Roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicle

22 21 20

Roadway collision with other vehicle

12 14 13

Roadway collision--moving in same direction

3 4 4

Roadway collision--moving in opposite directions, oncoming

5 6 6

Roadway collision--moving perpendicularly

4 3 3

Roadway noncollision incident

6 6 6

Jack-knifed or overturned, roadway

4 5 5

Nonroadway incident involving motorized land vehicles

7 8 8

Nonroadway noncollision incident

6 6 6

Jack-knifed or overturned, nonroadway

3 3 3

Fires and explosions

-- 7 7

Explosions

-- 6 6

Dust explosion

-- 5 5

Falls, slips, trips

16 18 17

Falls to lower level

12 15 14

Other fall to lower level

8 13 12

Other fall to lower level less than 6 feet

-- 1 1

Other fall to lower level 6 to 10 feet

-- 4 4

Exposure to harmful substances or environments

11 6 6

Exposure to other harmful substances

8 6 6

Nonmedical use of drugs or alcohol--unintentional overdose

-- 3 3

Contact with objects and equipment

16 20 19

Struck by object or equipment

12 19 18

Struck by powered vehicle--nontransport

6 5 5

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

4 9 8

Struck by discharged or flying object

-- 4 4

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, Wisconsin, 2016–17
Industry (1) 2016 2017
Number Number Percent

Total

105 106 100

Private industry

98 96 91

Natural resources and mining

20 24 23

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

20 24 23

Crop production

9 12 11

Animal production and aquaculture

11 10 9

Cattle ranching and farming

10 9 8

Dairy cattle and milk production

10 4 4

Construction

12 17 16

Construction

12 17 16

Specialty trade contractors

10 14 13

Foundation, structure, and building exterior contractors

5 5 5

Roofing contractors

-- 3 3

Building equipment contractors

-- 5 5

Plumbing, heating, and air-conditioning contractors

-- 3 3

Building finishing contractors

-- 3 3

Drywall and insulation contractors

-- 1 1

Residential drywall and insulation contractors

-- 1 1

Manufacturing

12 9 8

Manufacturing

12 9 8

Food manufacturing

-- 5 5

Trade, transportation, and utilities

24 18 17

Wholesale trade

7 4 4

Retail trade

6 7 7

Transportation and warehousing

10 7 7

Truck transportation

7 7 7

General freight trucking

5 3 3

Specialized freight trucking

-- 4 4

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

-- 3 3

Information

-- -- --

Information

-- -- --

Telecommunications

-- -- --

Wired telecommunications carriers

-- 1 1

Financial activities

-- 7 7

Finance and insurance

-- -- --

Securities, commodity contracts, and other financial investments and related activities

-- 1 1

Other financial investment activities

-- 1 1

Investment advice

-- 1 1

Real estate and rental and leasing

-- 4 4

Real estate

-- 4 4

Professional and business services

15 7 7

Professional and technical services

7 3 3

Professional, scientific, and technical services

7 3 3

Legal services

-- 1 1

Offices of lawyers

-- 1 1

Administrative and waste services

8 4 4

Administrative and support services

6 4 4

Educational and health services

4 4 4

Health care and social assistance

3 4 4

Hospitals

-- 3 3

General medical and surgical hospitals

-- 3 3

Social assistance

1 1 1

Vocational rehabilitation services

1 1 1

Leisure and hospitality

7 5 5

Arts, entertainment, and recreation

-- -- --

Performing arts, spectator sports, and related industries

-- 1 1

Spectator sports

-- 1 1

Spectator sports

-- 1 1

Accommodation and food services

6 3 3

Other services, except public administration

3 3 3

Other services, except public administration

3 3 3

Religious, grantmaking, civic, professional, and similar organizations

-- -- --

Grantmaking and giving services

-- 1 1

Grantmaking and giving services

-- 1 1

Voluntary health organizations

-- 1 1

Government (2)

7 10 9

State government

-- 5 5

Local government

7 5 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, Wisconsin, 2016–17
Occupation (1) 2016 2017
Number Number Percent

Total

105 106 100

Management occupations

17 27 25

Other management occupations

15 25 24

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

12 21 20

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

12 21 20

Business and financial operations occupations

5 -- --

Business operations specialists

1 1 1

Fundraisers

-- 1 1

Fundraisers

-- 1 1

Legal occupations

-- 1 1

Lawyers, judges, and related workers

-- 1 1

Lawyers and judicial law clerks

-- 1 1

Lawyers

-- 1 1

Education, training, and library occupations

1 -- --

Other teachers and instructors

-- 1 1

Self-enrichment education teachers

-- 1 1

Self-enrichment education teachers

-- 1 1

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations

-- 1 1

Entertainers and performers, sports and related workers

-- 1 1

Athletes, coaches, umpires, and related workers

-- 1 1

Athletes and sports competitors

-- 1 1

Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations

3 3 3

Health technologists and technicians

3 1 1

Emergency medical technicians and paramedics

-- 1 1

Emergency medical technicians and paramedics

-- 1 1

Protective service occupations

3 3 3

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations

8 3 3

Office and administrative support occupations

-- 4 4

Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations

8 4 4

Forest, conservation, and logging workers

-- -- --

Logging workers

-- -- --

Fallers

-- 1 1

Construction and extraction occupations

13 15 14

Construction trades workers

8 13 12

Electricians

-- 3 3

Electricians

-- 3 3

Roofers

-- 3 3

Roofers

-- 3 3

Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

9 10 9

Other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

3 8 8

Maintenance and repair workers, general

-- 4 4

Maintenance and repair workers, general

-- 4 4

Production occupations

7 9 8

Other production occupations

-- 5 5

Miscellaneous production workers

1 3 3

Transportation and material moving occupations

19 17 16

Motor vehicle operators

12 11 10

Driver/sales workers and truck drivers

11 9 8

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

9 8 8

Material moving workers

5 6 6

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

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 4. Fatal occupational injuries by selected demographic characteristics, Wisconsin, 2016–17
Worker characteristics 2016 2017
Number Number Percent

Total

105 106 100

Employee status

Wage and salary workers (1)

67 66 62

Self-employed (2)

38 40 38

Gender

Men

89 97 92

Women

16 9 8

Age (3)

20 to 24 years

5 6 6

25 to 34 years

19 15 14

35 to 44 years

12 16 15

45 to 54 years

21 16 15

55 to 64 years

20 24 23

65 years and over

23 29 27

Race or ethnic origin (4)

White (non-Hispanic)

90 92 87

Black or African-American (non-Hispanic)

9 4 4

Hispanic or Latino

4 7 7

Asian (non-Hispanic)

-- 3 3

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: Tuesday, April 30, 2019