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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

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Fatal Work Injuries in Georgia – 2014

Fatal work injuries totaled 148 in 2014 for Georgia, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Janet S. Rankin noted that while the 2014 count was preliminary, the number of work-related fatalities in Georgia rose by 31 over the year. Fatal occupational injuries in the state have ranged from a high of 249 in 1994, to a low of 101 in 2012. (See chart 1.)

Nationwide, a preliminary total of 4,679 fatal work injuries were recorded in 2014, up from a revised count of 4,585 fatalities in 2013, according to results from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) program. Final 2014 CFOI data will be released in the late spring of 2016.

Of the 148 fatal work injuries reported in Georgia in 2014, 59 resulted from transportation incidents and 32 from violence and other injuries by persons or animals. Together these two major categories accounted for over three-fifths of all fatal work injuries reported in the state. (See table 1.) Other major event categories each reported 30 or fewer deaths. Within transportation incidents, roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicles was the most frequent type of workplace fatality with 36 deaths. This category accounted for nearly a quarter of all on-the-job fatalities in the state. In the violence and other injuries by persons or animals category, all of the deaths were homicides (intentional injury by other person). (Note that roadway counts presented in this release are expected to rise when updated 2014 data are released in the late spring of 2016 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 2014, accounting for 40 percent of fatal work injuries, matching the state’s share of fatalities for this event. (See chart 2.) Falls, slips, and trips, was the second most frequent type of event nationally, with 17 percent of work-related fatalities; the share in Georgia was 20 percent. Violence and other injuries by persons or animals accounted for 16 percent of the nation’s workplace fatalities, while in the state, this event was responsible for 22 percent of workplace fatalities. Contact with objects and equipment was responsible for 15 percent of work-related fatalities for both the state and the nation.


Additional highlights:

  • Both the construction and the trade, transportation, and utilities industries had the largest number of fatalities in the state with 31 each, compared to 23 and 37, respectively, the previous year. Falls, trips, and slips (19) accounted for the most fatalities in construction. Transportation incidents (17) were the most frequent event or exposure in trade, transportation, and utilities. (See table 2.)
  • Natural resources and mining, and manufacturing had the second highest fatality counts with 15 each. Transportation incidents and contact with objects and equipment tied for the most deaths in the natural resources and mining industry. The majority of manufacturing fatalities resulted from transportation incidents.
  • Transportation and material moving occupations had the highest number of fatal work injuries with 40. Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers suffered 27 of those deaths. (See table 3.)
  • Men accounted for 136, or 92 percent, of the work-related fatalities in the state. (See table 4.) Transportation incidents made up 40 percent of these fatalities.
  • In Georgia, 57 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 101, or 68 percent of the state’s work-related fatalities in 2014. Nationally, workers in this group accounted for 58 percent of on-the-job fatalities.
  • Of the 148 fatal work injuries in Georgia, 82 percent worked for wages and salaries; the remainder were self-employed. The most frequent fatal event for wage and salary workers was transportation incidents. For the self-employed, falls, slips, and trips were the most frequent fatal events.

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 ensures 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/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. 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.

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, 2013–14
Event or exposure (1)2013 (2)2014 (p)
NumberNumberPercent

Total

117148100

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals

163222

Intentional injury by person

153222

Homicides (Intentional injury by other person)

91812

Shooting by other person--intentional

91611

Stabbing, cutting, slashing, piercing

--11

Hitting, kicking, beating, shoving

--11

Suicides (Self-inflicted injury--intentional)

6149

Shooting--intentional self-harm

5107

Transportation incidents

495940

Aircraft incidents

732

Aircraft crash during takeoff or landing

521

Aircraft crash during takeoff or landing--into structure, object, or ground

521

Other in-flight crash

--11

Rail vehicle incidents

--11

Collision between rail vehicle and another vehicle

--11

Pedestrian vehicular incident

885

Pedestrian struck by vehicle in work zone

--11

Pedestrian struck by forward-moving vehicle on side of road

--11

Roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicle

333624

Roadway collision with other vehicle

141611

Roadway collision--moving in same direction

385

Roadway collision--moving perpendicularly

343

Roadway collision with object other than vehicle

15149

Vehicle struck object or animal on side of roadway

14139

Roadway noncollision incident

364

Jack-knifed or overturned, roadway

343

Nonroadway incident involving motorized land vehicles

1117

Nonroadway noncollision incident

196

Jack-knifed or overturned, nonroadway

185

Fires and explosions

------

Falls, slips, trips

263020

Falls on same level

332

Falls to lower level

232618

Fall through surface or existing opening

464

Other fall to lower level

172014

Other fall to lower level 6 to 10 feet

--11

Other fall to lower level 11 to 15 feet

332

Other fall to lower level 16 to 20 feet

343

Other fall to lower level more than 30 feet

211

Exposure to harmful substances or environments

532

Inhalation of harmful substance

--11

Inhalation of harmful substance--single episode

--11

Contact with objects and equipment

192215

Struck by object or equipment

131510

Struck by powered vehicle--nontransport

464

Struck by falling part of powered vehicle still attached

111

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

485

Struck by object falling from vehicle or machinery--other than vehicle part

--32

Caught in or compressed by equipment or objects

364

Caught in running equipment or machinery

--53

Caught in running equipment or machinery during maintenance, cleaning

--32

Overexertion and bodily reaction

------

Footnotes:
(1) Based on the BLS Occupational Injury and Illness Classification System (OIICS) 2.01 implemented for 2011 data forward.
(2) Totals for 2013 are revised and final.
(p) Data for 2014 are preliminary. Revised and final 2014 data are scheduled to be released in spring 2016.

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 guidelines.


 

Table 2. Fatal occupational injuries by industry, Georgia, 2013–14
Industry (1)2013 (2)2014 (p)
NumberNumberPercent

Total

117148100

Private industry

10813491

Natural resources and mining

71510

Crop production

--53

Forestry and logging

353

Support activities for agriculture and forestry

--32

Construction

233121

Construction of buildings

664

Specialty trade contractors

132014

Manufacturing

111510

Food manufacturing

--21

Wood product manufacturing

321

Paper manufacturing

321

Chemical manufacturing

--21

Transportation equipment manufacturing

211

Trade, transportation, and utilities

373121

Utilities

--11

Wholesale trade

453

Merchant wholesalers, durable goods

243

Retail trade

564

Food and beverage stores

--32

Gasoline stations

121

Transportation and warehousing

282014

Truck transportation

161510

Transit and ground passenger transportation

521

Support activities for transportation

311

Information

--32

Motion picture and sound recording industries

--11

Telecommunications

--11

Financial activities

--53

Real estate and rental and leasing

--32

Professional and business services

10117

Administrative and waste services

696

Administrative and support services

564

Waste management and remediation services

132

Educational and health services

764

Educational services

--21

Health care and social assistance

743

Hospitals

--21

Social assistance

--11

Leisure and hospitality

464

Accommodation and food services

343

Food services and drinking places

--43

Other services, except public administration

6117

Other services, except public administration

6117

Repair and maintenance

375

Personal and laundry services

--21

Religious, grantmaking, civic, professional, and similar organizations

221

Government (3)

9149

Federal government

253

State government

--11

Local government

785

Footnotes:
(1) Industry data for 2013 are based on the North American Industry Classification System, 2007. Industry data for 2014 are based on the North American Industry Classification System, 2012.
(2) Totals for 2013 are revised and final.
(p) Data for 2014 are preliminary. Revised and final 2014 data are scheduled to be released in spring 2016.
(3) 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. 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, Georgia, 2013–14
Occupation (1)2013 (2)2014 (p)
NumberNumberPercent

Total

117148100

Management occupations

585

Top executives

--11

General and operations managers

--11

Operations specialties managers

132

Computer and information systems managers

--11

Other management occupations

343

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

--11

Food service managers

--11

Architecture and engineering occupations

3----

Community and social services occupations

111

Religious workers

111

Clergy

111

Legal occupations

111

Lawyers, judges, and related workers

--11

Lawyers and judicial law clerks

--11

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations

--11

Media and communication equipment workers

--11

Television, video, and motion picture camera operators and editors

--11

Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations

6----

Registered nurses

--11

Registered nurses

--11

Protective service occupations

553

Law enforcement workers

232

Police officers

232

Food preparation and serving related occupations

--21

Cooks and food preparation workers

--11

Cooks

--11

Food and beverage serving workers

--11

Fast food and counter workers

--11

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations

375

Grounds maintenance workers

364

Personal care and service occupations

--32

Personal appearance workers

--21

Barbers, hairdressers, hairstylists and cosmetologists

--21

Sales and related occupations

296

Supervisors of sales workers

232

First-line supervisors of sales workers

232

Retail sales workers

--32

Cashiers

--21

Retail salespersons

--11

Office and administrative support occupations

343

Information and record clerks

--11

Eligibility interviewers, government programs

--11

Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers

--32

Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks

--11

Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations

3117

Agricultural workers

185

Construction and extraction occupations

232819

Supervisors of construction and extraction workers

132

First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

132

Construction trades workers

212517

Construction laborers

896

Electricians

332

Roofers

--43

Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

7128

Radio and telecommunications equipment installers and repairers

--11

Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers

143

Automotive technicians and repairers

--43

Other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

564

Maintenance and repair workers, general

311

Production occupations

11107

Food processing workers

--11

Metal workers and plastic workers

--32

Woodworkers

311

Woodworking machine setters, operators, and tenders

311

Other production occupations

643

Chemical processing machine setters, operators, and tenders

--11

Transportation and material moving occupations

404027

Air transportation workers

--21

Aircraft pilots and flight engineers

--21

Motor vehicle operators

333020

Driver/sales workers and truck drivers

282819

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

242718

Taxi drivers and chauffeurs

521

Material moving workers

675

Crane and tower operators

111

Laborers and material movers, hand

332

Refuse and recyclable material collectors

121

Military specific occupations (3)

232

Footnotes:
(1) Occupation data are based on the Standard Occupational Classification system, 2010.
(2) Totals for 2013 are revised and final.
(p) Data for 2014 are preliminary. Revised and final 2014 data are scheduled to be released in spring 2016.
(3) Includes fatal injuries to persons identified as resident armed forces regardless of individual occupation listed.

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 worker characteristics, Georgia, 2013–14
Worker characteristics2013 (1)2014 (p)
NumberNumberPercent

Total

117148100

Employee status

 

Wage and salary (2)

10212182

Self-employed (3)

152718

Gender

 

Men

10313692

Women

14128

Age (4)

 

20 to 24 years

996

25 to 34 years

162416

35 to 44 years

263020

45 to 54 years

364732

55 to 64 years

212819

65 years and over

896

Race or ethnic origin (5)

 

White, non-Hispanic

748457

Black or African-American, non-Hispanic

273524

Hispanic or Latino

142114

Asian, non-Hispanic

--75

Footnotes:
(1) Totals for 2013 are revised and final.
(p) Data for 2014 are preliminary. Revised and final 2014 data are scheduled to be released in spring 2016.
(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. 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, December 22, 2015