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13-1914-NEW
Wednesday, September 18, 2013

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Fatal Work Injuries in New York City - 2012

Fatal work injuries totaled 75 in 2012 for New York City, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Chief Regional Economist Martin Kohli noted that while the 2012 count was preliminary, the number of work-related fatalities in New York City increased by three over the year. Fatal occupational injuries in the City have ranged from a high of 191 in 1993 to a low of 63 in 2009. Over the last four years, the City has had an average of 70 work fatalities per year. (See chart 1.)

Nationwide, a preliminary total of 4,383 fatal work injuries were recorded in 2012, down from a final count of 4,693 fatal work injuries in 2011, according to results from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) program. Final 2012 CFOI data will be released in spring 2014.

Of the 75 fatal work injuries reported in New York City in 2012, 26 resulted from violence and other injuries by persons or animals and 21 from falls, slips, and trips. Transportation incidents accounted for an additional 13 deaths. (See table 1. Fatal workplace violence involved homicides in almost two-thirds of the cases, with shootings in 10 incidents. The most frequent fatal falls (19) were those that occurred to lower levels, with six cases involving falls through surfaces or existing openings of more than 30 feet. (Note that transportation counts presented in this release are expected to rise when updated 2012 data are released in Spring 2014 because key source documentation detailing specific transportation-related incidents has not yet been received.)

In the United States, transportation incidents were the most frequent fatal workplace event, accounting for 41 percent of fatal work injuries. New York City’s share of on-the-job fatalities due to this event, however, was far below the national percentage, at 17 percent. (See chart 2.) Violence and other injuries was the second most frequent type of event nationally, with 17 percent of work-related fatalities, slightly less than half the event’s share in New York City (35 percent). Contact with objects or equipment (16 percent) and falls, slips, and trips (15 percent) were the third and fourth most frequent events, respectively, in the nation.

Additional key characteristics:

  • The trade, transportation, and utilities sector had the largest number of fatalities with 26, up from 17 the previous year. (See table 2.) Violence and other injuries by persons or animals accounted for 14 of the worker deaths.
  • The construction industry had the second highest fatality count with 20, a rise of 4 from one year earlier. Falls, trips, and slips accounted for 11 of the worker deaths in this sector, and contact with objects and equipment accounted for 4.
  • Professional and business services, leisure and hospitality, local government, and other services each reported a reduction in fatal work injuries of at least 50 percent from 2011 levels.
  • Construction and extraction occupations had the highest number of workplace fatalities with 25. (See table 3.) Falls, slips, and trips accounted for 13 of these incidents. Transportation and material moving occupations had the second highest fatality count at 15. The majority of these fatalities were motor vehicle operators (10), including driver/sales workers and truck drivers.
  • Men accounted for 73, or 97 percent of work-related fatalities in the City. (See table 4.) Violence made up slightly more than one out of every three of these fatalities.
  • Workers 25-54 years old—the prime working age group—accounted for 43, or 57 percent, of the City’s work-related fatalities in 2011. Nationally, workers in this group accounted for the same percentage of on-the-job fatalities.
  • Black and Hispanic or Latino workers were the decedents in close to 50 percent of the workplace deaths. Nationwide, these two groups amounted to 26 percent of work-related deaths.
  • Of the 75 occupational fatalities in New York City, 75 percent worked for wages and salaries; the rest were self-employed. Fall, slips, and trips accounted for 17 incidents among decedents who were wage and salary workers. Among the self employed, violence and other injuries by people or animals accounted for the greatest share of deaths.

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Technical Note

Background of the program. The Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, part of the BLS occupational safety and health statistics program, compiles a count of all fatal work injuries occurring in the U.S. during the calendar year. The program uses diverse state, federal, and independent data sources to identify, verify, and describe fatal work injuries. This assures counts are as complete and accurate as possible.

For technical information about the CFOI program, please go to the BLS Handbook of Methods on the BLS web site here: www.bls.gov/opub/hom/homch9.htm.

Federal/State agency coverage. The Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries includes data for all fatal work injuries, whether the decedent was working in a job covered by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) or other federal or state agencies or was outside the scope of 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.

Acknowledgments. The Bureau of Labor Statistics appreciates the efforts of all federal, state, local, and private sector entities that submitted source documents used to identify fatal work injuries, in particular the New York City government.

Table 1. Fatal occupational injuries by event or exposure, New York City, 2011-2012
Event or exposure(1)20112012(p)
NumberNumberPercent

Total

7275100

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals

242635

Intentional injury by person

242533

Intentional injury by other person

161723

Shooting by other person--intentional

121013

Stabbing, cutting, slashing, piercing

--45

Self-inflicted injury--intentional

8811

Shooting--intentional self-harm

--34

Jumping from building or other structure--intentional self-harm

--34

Transportation incidents

131317

Animal and other non-motorized vehicle transportation incidents

--11

Pedal cycle incident

--11

Pedestrian vehicular incident

768

Pedestrian struck by vehicle in roadway

334

Pedestrian struck by forward-moving vehicle in roadway

--34

Roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicle

457

Roadway collision with other vehicle

--45

Falls, slips, trips

152128

Falls to lower level

121925

Fall through surface or existing opening

--68

Fall through surface or existing opening more than 30 feet

--68

Other fall to lower level

101115

Other fall to lower level less than 6 feet

--45

Exposure to harmful substances or environments

668

Exposure to electricity

--34

Direct exposure to electricity

--34

Exposure to other harmful substances

334

Nonmedical use of drugs or alcohol--unintentional overdose

--34

Contact with objects and equipment

1379

Struck by object or equipment

745

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

334

Footnotes:
(1) Based on the BLS Occupational Injury and Illness Classification System (OIICS) 2.01 implemented for 2011 data forward. Total may include other events not shown.
(p) Data are preliminary. Revised and final 2012 data are scheduled to be released in Spring 2014.
 

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.
Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, in cooperation with State, New York City, District of Columbia, and Federal agencies, Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries.
 

Table 2. Fatal occupational injuries by industry, New York City, 2011-2012
Industry(1)20112012(p)
NumberNumberPercent

Total

7275100

Private industry

616891

Construction

162027

Construction of buildings

557

Residential building construction

445

Residential remodelers

334

Specialty trade contractors

81520

Foundation, structure, and building exterior contractors

568

Building equipment contractors

--57

Trade, transportation, and utilities

172635

Wholesale trade

--34

Retail trade

71419

Food and beverage stores

--45

Grocery stores

--34

Clothing and clothing accessories stores

--23

Clothing stores

--23

Sporting goods, hobby, book, and music stores

--11

Book, periodical, and music stores

111

Nonstore retailers

--23

Transportation and warehousing

8912

Truck transportation

--34

Couriers and messengers

--34

Information

--45

Financial activities

334

Finance and insurance

--11

Insurance carriers and related activities

--11

Professional and business services

845

Educational and health services

--45

Health care and social assistance

--45

Other ambulatory health care services

--11

Other ambulatory health care services

--11

Drinking places (alcoholic beverages)

111

Leisure and hospitality

734

Accommodation and food services

634

Other services, except public administration

634

Government(2)

1179

State government

--34

Local government

1045

Footnotes:
(1) Industry data are based on the North American Industry Classification System, 2007. Total may include other industries not shown.
(2) Includes fatal injuries to workers employed by governmental organizations regardless of industry.
(p) Data are preliminary. Revised and final 2012 data are scheduled to be released in Spring 2014.
 

Note: Totals for major categories may include subcategories not shown separately. Percentages may not add to totals because of rounding. Dashes indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria. CFOI fatality counts exclude illness-related deaths unless precipitated by an injury event.
Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, in cooperation with State, New York City, District of Columbia, and Federal agencies, Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries.
 

Table 3. Fatal occupational injuries by occupation, New York City, 2011-2012
Occupation(1)20112012(p)
NumberNumberPercent

Total

7275100

Management occupations

557

Other management occupations

345

Social and community service managers

--11

Emergency medical technicians and paramedics

--11

Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations

--34

Sales and related occupations

61216

Supervisors of sales workers

31013

First-line supervisors of sales workers

31013

Other sales and related workers

--11

Miscellaneous sales and related workers

--11

Door-to-door sales workers, news and street vendors, and related workers

--11

Office and administrative support occupations

--45

Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers

--45

Stock clerks and order fillers

--34

Construction and extraction occupations

182533

Construction trades workers

91925

Construction laborers

61115

Other construction and related workers

457

Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

334

Other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

--34

Transportation and material moving occupations

171520

Motor vehicle operators

111013

Driver/sales workers and truck drivers

5811

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

--45

Light truck or delivery services drivers

--34

Material moving workers

545

Laborers and material movers, hand

445

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

434

Footnotes:
(1) Occupation data are based on the Standard Occupational Classification system, 2010. Total may include occupations not shown.
(p) Data are preliminary. Revised and final 2012 data are scheduled to be released in Spring 2014.
 

Note: Totals for major categories may include subcategories not shown separately. Percentages may not add to totals because of rounding. Dashes indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria. CFOI fatality counts exclude illness-related deaths unless precipitated by an injury event.
Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, in cooperation with State, New York City, District of Columbia, and Federal agencies, Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries.
 

Table 4. Fatal occupational injuries by worker characteristics, New York City, 2011-2012
Worker characteristics20112012(p)
NumberNumberPercent

Total

7275100
Employee status   

Wage and salary workers(1)

625675

Self-employed(2)

101925
Gender   

Men

667397
Age(3)   

20 to 24 years

457

25 to 34 years

141723

35 to 44 years

171317

45 to 54 years

201317

55 to 64 years

101419

65 years and over

61317
Race or ethnic origin(4)   

White, non-Hispanic

302837

Black or African-American, non-Hispanic

181317

Hispanic or Latino

172331

Asian, non-Hispanic

71115

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.
(p) Data are preliminary. Revised and final 2012 data are scheduled to be released in Spring 2014.
 

Note: Totals for major categories may include subcategories not shown separately. Percentages may not add to totals because of rounding. Dashes indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria. CFOI fatality counts exclude illness-related deaths unless precipitated by an injury event.
Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, in cooperation with State, New York City, District of Columbia, and Federal agencies, Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries.
 

 

Last Modified Date: Wednesday, September 18, 2013