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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

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Fatal Occupational Injuries in New Jersey – 2015

Fatal work injuries totaled 97 in 2015 for New Jersey, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Martin Kohli, the Bureau’s chief regional economist, noted that the number of work-related fatalities in New Jersey increased by 10 from the previous year. Fatal occupational injuries in the state have ranged from a high of 145 in 1993 to a low of 81 in 2010. (See chart 1.)

Nationwide, a total of 4,836 fatal work injuries were recorded in 2015, a slight increase from the 4,821 fatal injuries in 2014, according to the results from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) program.

 

 

Type of incident

In New Jersey, transportation incidents resulted in 37 fatal work injuries and falls, slips, or trips accounted for 24 fatalities. These two major categories accounted for 63 percent of all workplace fatalities in the state. (See table 1.) The number of worker deaths from these two categories in 2015 was similar to the count in the previous year.

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals was the third-most frequent fatal work event with 18 fatalities, up from 11 in 2014. Contact with objects and equipment resulted in 11 work-related deaths, unchanged from the prior year.

Nationally, transportation incidents were the most frequent fatal workplace event in 2015, accounting for approximately 42 percent of fatal work injuries. (See chart 2.) Falls, slips, or trips were the second-most frequent type of event (17 percent), followed by contact with objects and equipment (15 percent).

 

 

Industry

The private construction industry sector had the largest number of fatalities in New Jersey with 22, similar to the count in the previous year. (See table 2.) Falls to a lower level accounted for 12 worker deaths in the construction sector. Ten of those fatally injured in this sector worked in specialty trade contracting.

The private transportation and warehousing sector had 19 workplace fatalities, similar to the count in the previous year. General freight trucking accounted for 11, or 58 percent, of the fatal injuries in this industry.

Occupation

Two occupational groups, transportation and material moving (33) and construction and extraction (21) accounted for the highest number of workplace fatalities. (See table 3.) Among transportation and material moving occupations, the largest number of fatalities involved motor vehicle operators (15). Construction trades workers accounted for 14 of the 21 fatalities among construction and extraction workers.

Contracted Workers

A contractor is defined as a worker employed by one firm but working at the behest of another firm that exercises overall responsibility for the operations at the site of the fatal injury. In 2015, New Jersey had 16 fatally-injured workers identified as fitting the contractor criteria, down from 19 in 2014.

Additional highlights:

  • Men accounted for 98 percent of the work-related fatalities in New Jersey, compared to 93 percent nationwide. (See table 4.) Transportation incidents made up 37 percent of the fatalities for men in New Jersey.
  • White non-Hispanics accounted for 54 percent of those who died from a workplace injury. Nationwide, this group accounted for 67 percent of work-related deaths.
  • Workers 55 years old and over accounted for 40 percent of the state’s work-related fatalities in 2015, compared to 35 percent of on-the-job fatalities nationally.
  • Of the 97 fatally-injured workers in New Jersey, 86 percent worked for wages and salaries; the remainder were self-employed. Transportation incidents accounted for the largest share of fatalities for wage and salary workers. Among self-employed workers, half of the fatal events were associated with violence and other injuries by persons or animals.

Change in the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) News Release Schedule

Beginning with the 2015 reference year, CFOI will publish a single, annual release with no revisions. A similar schedule will be followed in subsequent years. Preliminary releases, which normally appeared in August or September in past years, will no longer be produced.


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 2015 data, over 21,400 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 web site at www.bls.gov/opub/hom/pdf/homch9.pdf.

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. BLS thanks the New Jersey Department of 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.

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, New Jersey, 2014–15
Event or exposure (1)20142015
NumberNumberPercent

Total

8797100

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals

111819

Intentional injury by person

91819

Homicides (Intentional injury by other person)

51313

Shooting by other person--intentional

51010

Stabbing, cutting, slashing, piercing

--22

Hitting, kicking, beating, shoving

--11

Suicides (Self-inflicted injury--intentional)

455

Shooting--intentional self-harm

--11

Hanging, strangulation, asphyxiation--intentional self-harm

433

Transportation incidents

363738

Aircraft incidents

--11

Aircraft crash during takeoff or landing

--11

Aircraft crash during takeoff or landing--due to mechanical failure

--11

Pedestrian vehicular incident

1299

Pedestrian struck by vehicle in roadway

511

Pedestrian struck by vehicle backing up in roadway

--11

Pedestrian struck by vehicle in nonroadway area

--66

Pedestrian struck by forward-moving vehicle in nonroadway area

--44

Water vehicle incidents

------

Capsized or sinking water vehicle

--11

Roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicle

202223

Roadway collision with other vehicle

1377

Roadway collision--moving in same direction

555

Roadway collision--moving perpendicularly

--11

Roadway collision with object other than vehicle

41010

Vehicle struck object or animal on side of roadway

477

Roadway noncollision incident

355

Jack-knifed or overturned, roadway

--44

Fires and explosions

3----

Falls, slips, trips

242425

Falls on same level

544

Falls to lower level

191920

Other fall to lower level

181616

Other fall to lower level 6 to 10 feet

333

Other fall to lower level 11 to 15 feet

544

Other fall to lower level 16 to 20 feet

333

Exposure to harmful substances or environments

--77

Exposure to electricity

--11

Direct exposure to electricity

--11

Direct exposure to electricity, greater than 220 volts

--11

Exposure to other harmful substances

--55

Nonmedical use of drugs or alcohol--unintentional overdose

--55

Contact with objects and equipment

111111

Struck by object or equipment

777

Struck by powered vehicle--nontransport

--33

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

433

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

433

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. 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, New Jersey, 2014–15
Industry (1)20142015
NumberNumberPercent

Total

8797100

Private industry

768689

Natural resources and mining

--44

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

--33

Fishing, hunting and trapping

--22

Fishing

--22

Fishing

--22

Shellfish fishing

--11

Mining (2)

--11

Support activities for mining

--11

Support activities for mining

--11

Support activities for mining

--11

Support activities for oil and gas operations

--11

Construction

232223

Construction

232223

Construction of buildings

488

Residential building construction

377

Residential building construction

377

New single-family housing construction (except for-sale builders)

--33

Residential remodelers

--44

Heavy and civil engineering construction

244

Land subdivision

--11

Land subdivision

--11

Specialty trade contractors

171010

Foundation, structure, and building exterior contractors

666

Roofing contractors

333

Building finishing contractors

--11

Painting and wall covering contractors

--11

Nonresidential painting and wall covering contractors

--11

Other specialty trade contractors

411

Site preparation contractors

411

Nonresidential site preparation contractors

--11

Manufacturing

666

Manufacturing

666

Trade, transportation, and utilities

293435

Wholesale trade

333

Merchant wholesalers, nondurable goods

133

Retail trade

61111

Building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers

111

Building material and supplies dealers

--11

Food and beverage stores

--66

Grocery stores

--44

Supermarkets and other grocery (except convenience) stores

--33

Convenience stores

--11

Beer, wine, and liquor stores

--22

Beer, wine, and liquor stores

--22

Gasoline stations

133

Gasoline stations

133

Gasoline stations with convenience stores

111

Clothing and clothing accessories stores

--11

Clothing stores

--11

Men's clothing stores

--11

Transportation and warehousing

201920

Water transportation

------

Inland water transportation

--11

Inland water transportation

--11

Inland water freight transportation

--11

Truck transportation

121111

General freight trucking

999

General freight trucking, local

433

General freight trucking, long-distance

566

General freight trucking, long-distance, less than truckload

--11

Specialized freight trucking

3----

Specialized freight (except used goods) trucking, local

--11

Transit and ground passenger transportation

544

Taxi and limousine service

344

Taxi service

--44

Scenic and sightseeing transportation

--11

Scenic and sightseeing transportation, land

--11

Scenic and sightseeing transportation, land

--11

Information

--11

Information

--11

Telecommunications

--11

Wired telecommunications carriers

--11

Wired telecommunications carriers

--11

Financial activities

------

Professional and business services

111010

Professional and technical services

3----

Professional, scientific, and technical services

3----

Management, scientific, and technical consulting services

--11

Management consulting services

--11

Process, physical distribution, and logistics consulting services

--11

Administrative and waste services

888

Administrative and support services

655

Employment services

--11

Temporary help services

--11

Investigation and security services

------

Investigation, guard, and armored car services

------

Armored car services

--11

Waste management and remediation services

--33

Waste collection

133

Waste collection

133

Solid waste collection

--33

Educational and health services

------

Educational services

--11

Educational services

--11

Technical and trade schools

--11

Technical and trade schools

--11

Flight training

--11

Leisure and hospitality

--44

Accommodation and food services

--44

Other services, except public administration

233

Other services, except public administration

233

Repair and maintenance

1----

Automotive repair and maintenance

1----

Automotive body, paint, interior, and glass repair

--11

Automotive body, paint, and interior repair and maintenance

--11

Government (3)

111111

Federal government

--44

State government

------

Local government

955

Footnotes:
(1) Industry data are based on the North American Industry Classification System, 2012.
(2) Includes fatal injuries at all establishments categorized as Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (Sector 21) in the North American Industry Classification System, 2012, including establishments not governed by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) rules and reporting, such as those in Oil and Gas Extraction.
(3) 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, New Jersey, 2014–15
Occupation (1)20142015
NumberNumberPercent

Total

8797100

Management occupations

3----

Business and financial operations occupations

------

Computer and mathematical occupations

------

Architecture and engineering occupations

------

Engineers

------

Civil engineers

--11

Civil engineers

--11

Life, physical, and social science occupations

------

Community and social services occupations

------

Legal occupations

------

Education, training, and library occupations

------

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations

1----

Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations

------

Healthcare support occupations

------

Protective service occupations

666

Law enforcement workers

333

Detectives and criminal investigators

--11

Detectives and criminal investigators

--11

Food preparation and serving related occupations

------

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations

744

Personal care and service occupations

------

Sales and related occupations

--88

Supervisors of sales workers

122

First-line supervisors of sales workers

122

First-line supervisors of retail sales workers

122

Retail sales workers

--66

Cashiers

--66

Cashiers

--66

Office and administrative support occupations

------

Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations

--44

Fishing and hunting workers

--22

Fishers and related fishing workers

--22

Fishers and related fishing workers

--22

Construction and extraction occupations

222122

Supervisors of construction and extraction workers

466

First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

466

First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

466

Construction trades workers

151414

Construction laborers

555

Construction laborers

555

Electricians

--11

Electricians

--11

Painters and paperhangers

--11

Painters, construction and maintenance

--11

Roofers

344

Roofers

344

Other construction and related workers

--11

Hazardous materials removal workers

--11

Hazardous materials removal workers

--11

Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

--88

Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers

--33

Automotive technicians and repairers

------

Automotive service technicians and mechanics

--11

Heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians and mechanics

--11

Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines

--11

Other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

--44

Line installers and repairers

------

Telecommunications line installers and repairers

--11

Production occupations

3----

Transportation and material moving occupations

343334

Supervisors, transportation and material moving workers

444

First-line supervisors of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators

--33

First-line supervisors of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators

--33

Air transportation workers

--11

Aircraft pilots and flight engineers

--11

Commercial pilots

--11

Motor vehicle operators

231515

Driver/sales workers and truck drivers

181111

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

1699

Taxi drivers and chauffeurs

344

Taxi drivers and chauffeurs

344

Rail transportation workers

--11

Locomotive engineers and operators

--11

Locomotive engineers

--11

Water transportation workers

--11

Ship and boat captains and operators

--11

Captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels

--11

Material moving workers

61010

Laborers and material movers, hand

455

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

--55

Refuse and recyclable material collectors

--44

Refuse and recyclable material collectors

--44

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 worker characteristics, New Jersey, 2014–15
Worker characteristics20142015
NumberNumberPercent

Total

8797100

Employee status

 

Wage and salary workers (1)

708386

Self-employed (2)

171414

Gender

 

Men

809598

Women

7----

Age (3)

 

20 to 24 years

955

25 to 34 years

111313

35 to 44 years

161920

45 to 54 years

212122

55 to 64 years

192930

65 years and over

111010

Race or ethnic origin (4)

 

White, non-Hispanic

425254

Black or African-American, non-Hispanic

101414

Hispanic or Latino

312223

Asian, non-Hispanic

399
 

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: Wednesday, March 22, 2017