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14-1723-ATL
Thursday, November 06, 2014

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Fatal Work Injuries in Georgia - 2013

Fatal work injuries totaled 70 in 2013 for Georgia, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Janet S. Rankin noted that while the 2013 count was preliminary, this year’s fatality count was the lowest annual total for the state since the Bureau began tracking workplace fatalities in 1992. Fatal occupational injuries in the state reached a series high of 249 in 1994. The number of fatalities has trended downward each year since 2004. (See chart 1.)

Nationwide, a preliminary total of 4,405 fatal work injuries was recorded in 2013, down from a final count of 4,628 fatal work injuries in 2012, according to results from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) program. Final 2013 CFOI data will be released in the late spring of 2015.

Of the 70 fatal work injuries reported in Georgia in 2013, 24 resulted from transportation incidents, 17 from contact with objects and equipment, and 14 from falls, slips, or trips. Together these three major categories accounted for more than three-quarters of all fatal work injuries. Each of the other major event categories reported 10 or fewer deaths. (See table 1.) Within transportation incidents, roadway incidents were the most frequent type of workplace fatality with 14 deaths, accounting for 20 percent of all on-the-job fatalities in the state. In the contact with objects and equipment category, 11 deaths occurred from being struck by an object or equipment. In the falls, slips, or trips category, 12 deaths occurred from falls to a lower level. (Note that transportation counts presented in this release are expected to rise when updated 2013 data are released in the late spring of 2015 because key source documentation detailing specific transportation-related incidents has not yet been received.)

In the United States, transportation incidents were also the most frequent fatal workplace event in 2013, accounting for 40 percent of fatal work injuries. Georgia’s share of on-the-job fatalities due to this event was smaller (34 percent). (See chart 2.) Violence and other injuries was the second most frequent type of event nationally, with 17 percent of work-related fatalities, higher than the 14-percent share for this event in Georgia. Contact with objects or equipment and falls, slips, and trips each accounted for 16 percent of the nation’s workplace fatalities.

Additional key characteristics:

  • The trade, transportation and utilities industry sector had the highest number of workplace fatalities with 21, down from 36 the previous year. (See table 2.) Transportation incidents accounted for eight worker deaths. Violence and other injuries by persons or animals and contact with objects and equipment each accounted for five fatalities.
  • The construction industry had the second highest number of workplace fatalities with 12, down from 17 the previous year. Falls, slips, and trips accounted for six worker deaths in this sector.
  • Transportation and material moving occupations had the highest number of fatal work injuries (21). (See table 3.) Eleven of these fatalities were heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers. Construction and extraction occupations had the next-highest fatality count (14). Within this occupational group, 13 of the fatalities were construction trades workers.
  • Men accounted for 60, or 86 percent, of the work-related fatalities in the state. (See table 4.) Transportation incidents made up 32 percent of these fatalities.
  • In Georgia, 50 percent of those who died from a workplace injury were white non-Hispanics. Nationwide, this group accounted for 68 percent of work-related deaths.
  • Workers 25-54 years old—the prime working age group—accounted for 50, or 71 percent, of the State’s work-related fatalities in 2013. Nationally, workers in this group accounted for 60 percent of on-the-job fatalities.
  • Of the 70 workers that suffered fatal work injuries in Georgia, 97 percent worked for wages and salaries; the remaining were self-employed. The most frequent fatal event for wage and salary workers was transportation incidents (23).

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 United States 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 at 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 Georgia Office of the Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner.

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, Georgia, 2012-2013
Event or exposure(1)2012(2)2013(p)
NumberNumberPercent

Total

10170100

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals

201014

Intentional injury by person

20913

Intentional injury by other person

1869

Shooting by other person--intentional

1469

Self-inflicted injury--intentional

--34

Hanging, strangulation, ashpyxiation--intentional self-harm

--11

Injury by person--unintentional or intent unknown

--11

Transportation incidents

462434

Aircraft incidents

457

Aircraft crash during takeoff or landing

--57

Pedestrian vehicular incident

546

Pedestrian struck by vehicle in nonroadway area

--34

Roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicle

331420

Roadway collision with other vehicle

1169

Roadway collision--moving in same direction

--23

Roadway collision--moving perpendicularly

511

Roadway collision with object other than vehicle

1757

Vehicle struck object or animal on side of roadway

1646

Nonroadway incident involving motorized land vehicles

411

Nonroadway noncollision incident

311

Jack-knifed or overturned, nonroadway

311

Fires and Explosions

3----

Explosions

1----

Explosion of pressure vessel, piping, or tire

111

Falls, slips, trips

171420

Falls to lower level

131217

Fall through surface or existing opening

446

Other fall to lower level

8811

Other fall to lower level 16 to 20 feet

--23

Other fall to lower level 26 to 30 feet

--11

Other fall to lower level more than 30 feet

--23

Exposure to harmful substances or environments

634

Exposure to electricity

4----

Direct exposure to electricity

--11

Direct exposure to electricity, greater than 220 volts

--11

Contact with objects and equipment

91724

Struck by object or equipment

61116

Struck by powered vehicle--nontransport

323

Caught between rolling powered vehicle and other object

--11

Struck by other falling powered vehicle

--11

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

--11

Struck by rolling object or equipment being pushed by injured worker

--11

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

 

Injured by handheld object or equipment

--11

Injured by slipping or swinging object held by worker

--11

Caught in or compressed by equipment or objects

334

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

--34

Excavation or trenching cave-in

--34

Footnotes:
(1) Based on the BLS Occupational Injury and Illness Classification System (OIICS) 2.01 implemented for 2011 data forward.
(2) Totals for 2012 are revised and final.
(p) Data are preliminary. Revised and final 2013 data are scheduled to be released in spring 2015.
 

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.
 

Table 2. Fatal occupational injuries by industry, Georgia, 2012-2013
Industry(1)2012(2)2013(p)
NumberNumberPercent

Total

10170100

Private industry

926593

Natural resources and mining

769

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

746

Crop production

311

Vegetable and melon farming

--11

Forestry and logging

134

Logging

134

Mining(3)

--23

Mining (except oil and gas)

--23

Nonmetallic mineral mining and quarrying

--23

Stone mining and quarrying

--11

Crushed and broken granite mining and quarrying

--11

Sand, gravel, clay, and ceramic and refractory minerals mining and quarrying

 

quarrying

--11

Construction sand and gravel mining

--11

Construction

171217

Construction of buildings

334

Residential building construction

134

New single-family housing construction (except operative builders)

111

New multi-family housing construction (except operative builders)

--23

Heavy and civil engineering construction

--23

Utility system construction

--11

Water and sewer line and related structures construction

--11

Other heavy and civil engineering construction

--11

Specialty trade contractors

1269

Foundation, structure, and building exterior contractors

746

Roofing contractors

511

Siding contractors

--11

Building equipment contractors

311

Electrical contractors

--11

Other specialty trade contractors

--11

All other specialty trade contractors

--11

Manufacturing

101014

Wood product manufacturing

134

Sawmills and wood preservation

--34

Sawmills

--34

Paper manufacturing

--23

Pulp, paper, and paperboard mills

--23

Papermills

--11

Paperboard mills

--11

Machinery manufacturing

--11

Transportation equipment manufacturing

--23

Aerospace product and parts manufacturing

--11

Trade, transportation, and utilities

362130

Wholesale trade

946

Merchant wholesalers, durable goods

423

Lumber and other construction materials merchant wholesalers

111

Metal and mineral (except petroleum) merchant wholesalers

--11

Metal service centers and other metal merchant wholesalers

--11

Retail trade

534

Building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers

--11

Building material and supplies dealers

--11

Clothing and clothing accessories stores

111

Jewelry, luggage, and leather goods stores

--11

Jewelry stores

--11

Transportation and warehousing

221420

Rail transportation

--11

Line-haul railroads

--11

Truck transportation

11710

General freight trucking

869

Support activities for transportation

311

Support activities for road transportation

--11

Motor vehicle towing

--11

Couriers and messengers

--23

Couriers

--23

Professional and business services

434

Professional and technical services

--11

Professional, scientific, and technical services

--11

Advertising and related services

--11

Administrative and waste services

3----

Services to buildings and dwellings

--11

Landscaping services

111

Waste management and remediation services

--11

Waste collection

--11

Solid waste collection

--11

Educational and health services

--710

Health care and social assistance

--710

Ambulatory health care services

--57

Offices of physicians

--57

Leisure and hospitality

523

Arts, entertainment, and recreation

--11

Amusement, gambling, and recreation industries

--11

Other amusement and recreation industries

--11

Marinas

--11

Accommodation and food services

511

Accommodation

--11

Traveler accommodation

--11

Hotels (except casino hotels) and motels

--11

Other services, except public administration

934

Religious, grantmaking, civic, professional, and similar organizations

--11

Religious organizations

--11

Government(4)

957

Local government

657

Footnotes:
(1) Industry data are based on the North American Industry Classification System, 2007.
(2) Totals for 2012 are revised and final.
(p) Data are preliminary. Revised and final 2013 data are scheduled to be released in spring 2015.
(3) Includes fatal injuries at all establishments categorized as Mining (Sector 21) in the North American Industry Classification System, including establishments not governed by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) rules and reporting, such as those in Oil and Gas Extraction.
(4) Includes fatal injuries to workers employed by governmental organizations regardless of industry.
 

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.
 

Table 3. Fatal occupational injuries by occupation, Georgia, 2012-2013
Occupation(1)2012(2)2013(p)
NumberNumberPercent

Total

10170100

Management occupations

------

Operations specialties managers

--11

Financial managers

--11

Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations

--69

Health diagnosing and treating practitioners

--23

Physicians and surgeons

--11

Surgeons

--11

Nurse anesthetists

--11

Protective service occupations

646

Fire fighting and prevention workers

--23

Firefighters

--23

Law enforcement workers

623

Police officers

523

Police and sheriff's patrol officers

523

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations

--23

Grounds maintenance workers

123

Landscaping and groundskeeping workers

111

Tree trimmers and pruners

--11

Sales and related occupations

411

Supervisors of sales workers

311

First-line supervisors of sales workers

311

First-line supervisors of retail sales workers

--11

Office and administrative support occupations

423

Information and record clerks

--11

Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks

--11

Secretaries and administrative assistants

--11

Medical secretaries

--11

Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations

434

Agricultural workers

411

Miscellaneous agricultural workers

411

Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse

--11

Construction and extraction occupations

161420

Construction trades workers

151319

Carpenters

--11

Construction laborers

--69

Drywall installers, ceiling tile installers, and tapers

--11

Drywall and ceiling tile installers

--11

Painters and paperhangers

--11

Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

--23

Pipelayers

--11

Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

--11

Roofers

511

Extraction workers

--11

Mining machine operators

--11

Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

723

Other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

--23

Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers

--11

Industrial machinery installation, repair, and maintenance workers

--11

Millwrights

--11

Production occupations

51014

Woodworkers

--34

Woodworking machine setters, operators, and tenders

--34

Sawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, wood

--34

Other production occupations

--69

Crushing, grinding, polishing, mixing, and blending workers

--11

Furnace, kiln, oven, drier, and kettle operators and tenders

--11

Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers

--11

Miscellaneous production workers

--34

Transportation and material moving occupations

442130

Motor vehicle operators

331420

Driver/sales workers and truck drivers

301217

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

221116

Light truck or delivery services drivers

--11

Material moving workers

769

Crane and tower operators

--11

Laborers and material movers, hand

334

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

323

Refuse and recyclable material collectors

--11

Footnotes:
(1) Occupation data are based on the Standard Occupational Classification system, 2010.
(2) Totals for 2012 are revised and final.
(p) Data are preliminary. Revised and final 2013 data are scheduled to be released in spring 2015.
 

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.
 

Table 4. Fatal occupational injuries by worker characteristics, Georgia, 2012-2013
Worker characteristics2012(1)2013(p)
NumberNumberPercent

Total

10170100

Employee status

 

Wage and salary(2)

846897

Self-employed(3)

17----

Gender

 

Men

916086

Women

10913

Age(4)

 

20 to 24 years

6710

25 to 34 years

19811

35 to 44 years

251826

45 to 54 years

162434

55 to 64 years

27913

65 years and over

834

Race or ethnic origin(5)

 

White, non-Hispanic

553550

Black or African-American, non-Hispanic

281927

Hispanic or Latino

101014

Asian, non-Hispanic

5----

Footnotes:
(1) Totals for 2012 are revised and final.
(p) Data are preliminary. Revised and final 2013 data are scheduled to be released in spring 2015.
(2) May include volunteers and workers receiving other types of compensation.
(3) 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.
(4) Information may not be available for all age groups.
(5) Persons identified as Hispanic or Latino may be of any race. The race categories shown exclude Hispanic and Latino workers.
 

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.
 

 

Last Modified Date: Thursday, November 06, 2014