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Friday, February 17, 2017

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Fatal Occupational Injuries in Alabama – 2015

Fatal work injuries totaled 70 in 2015 for Alabama, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Janet S. Rankin noted that the number of work-related fatalities in Alabama was down from 75 in the previous year. Fatal occupational injuries in the state have ranged from a high of 155 in 1996 to this year’s low of 70. (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 Alabama, transportation incidents resulted in 37 fatal work injuries, accounting for more than half of the workplace fatalities in the state. Falls, slips, or trips resulted in 10 fatalities and contact with objects and equipment accounted for 9 fatalities. (See table 1.) The number of worker deaths from transportation incidents increased from 34 in 2014. Worker fatalities due to falls, slips, or trips and contact with objects and equipment were little changed from the prior year. A fourth category, violence and other injuries by persons or animals, resulted in 5 work-related deaths in 2015, down from 17 in 2014.

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 was the second-most frequent type of event (17 percent), followed by contact with objects and equipment (15 percent).

Industry

The private transportation and warehousing industry sector had the largest number of fatalities in Alabama with 16, similar to the count in the previous year. (See table 2.) Transportation incidents was the most frequent fatal event in the transportation and warehousing sector with 15 worker deaths. Half of those fatally injured in this sector worked in specialized freight trucking.

The private construction industry had 14 workplace fatalities, up from 11 in the previous year. Specialty trade contractors accounted for nine, or 64 percent, of the fatal injuries in this industry.

Occupation

Transportation and material moving occupations and construction and extraction occupations had the highest number of workplace fatalities with 26 and 13, respectively. (See table 3.) The majority of the fatalities within the transportation and material moving group were heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers (22). Construction trades workers accounted for 9 of the 13 fatalities among construction and extraction workers.

Additional highlights

  • Men accounted for 90 percent of the work-related fatalities in Alabama, similar to the 93-percent national share. (See table 4.) Transportation incidents made up 51 percent of the fatalities for men in Alabama.
  • White non-hispanics accounted for 67 percent of those who died from a workplace injury, matching the national share.
  • Workers 25-54 years old accounted for 60 percent of the state’s work-related fatalities in 2015, compared to 57 percent of on-the-job fatalities nationally.
  • Of the 70 fatal work injuries in Alabama, 87 percent worked for wages and salaries; the remainder were self-employed.

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

Total

7570100

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals

1757

Intentional injury by person

1757

Suicides (Self-inflicted injury--intentional)

434

Shooting--intentional self-harm

434

Transportation incidents

343753

Aircraft incidents

611

Other in-flight crash

--11

Other in-flight crash into structure, object, or ground

--11

Pedestrian vehicular incident

3811

Pedestrian struck by vehicle in roadway

111

Pedestrian struck by forward-moving vehicle in roadway

111

Pedestrian struck by vehicle on side of road

--23

Pedestrian struck by forward-moving vehicle on side of road

--23

Roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicle

182434

Roadway collision with other vehicle

91521

Roadway collision--moving in same direction

423

Roadway collision--moving in opposite directions, oncoming

457

Roadway collision--moving perpendicularly

--46

Roadway collision--moving and standing vehicle in roadway

--34

Roadway collision with object other than vehicle

--811

Vehicle struck object or animal on side of roadway

--811

Fires and explosions

--57

Explosions

--46

Explosion of nonpressurized vapors, gases, or liquids

--46

Falls, slips, trips

81014

Falls to lower level

81014

Fall through surface or existing opening

--46

Fall through surface or existing opening 26 to 30 feet

--11

Other fall to lower level

457

Exposure to harmful substances or environments

546

Exposure to electricity

334

Direct exposure to electricity

--11

Direct exposure to electricity, greater than 220 volts

--11

Contact with objects and equipment

8913

Struck by object or equipment

6811

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

469

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

146

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, Alabama, 2014–15
Industry (1)20142015
NumberNumberPercent

Total

7570100

Private industry

696187

Natural resources and mining

669

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

557

Mining (2)

111

Mining (except oil and gas)

111

Coal mining

111

Construction

111420

Heavy and civil engineering construction

446

Utility system construction

--23

Water and sewer line and related structures construction

--11

Power and communication line and related structures construction

--11

Specialty trade contractors

6913

Foundation, structure, and building exterior contractors

--46

Other specialty trade contractors

--34

Manufacturing

71014

Apparel manufacturing

--11

Cut and sew apparel manufacturing

--11

Chemical manufacturing

--23

Other chemical product and preparation manufacturing

--23

All other chemical product and preparation manufacturing

--23

Trade, transportation, and utilities

202333

Utilities

--11

Water, sewage and other systems

--11

Wholesale trade

--34

Merchant wholesalers, durable goods

--34

Retail trade

534

Motor vehicle and parts dealers

--11

Automotive parts, accessories, and tire stores

--11

Transportation and warehousing

151623

Truck transportation

91521

General freight trucking

4710

Specialized freight trucking

5811

Support activities for transportation

111

Support activities for air transportation

--11

Information

------

Financial activities

111

Real estate and rental and leasing

111

Rental and leasing services

--11

Automotive equipment rental and leasing

--11

Professional and business services

1334

Administrative and waste services

734

Administrative and support services

434

Services to buildings and dwellings

323

Educational and health services

4----

Leisure and hospitality

4----

Other services, except public administration

323

Repair and maintenance

--11

Automotive repair and maintenance

--11

Other automotive repair and maintenance

--11

Personal and laundry services

111

Drycleaning and laundry services

--11

Linen and uniform supply

--11

Government (3)

6913

Federal government

------

State government

--11

Local government

4811

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, Alabama, 2014–15
Occupation (1)20142015
NumberNumberPercent

Total

7570100

Management occupations

4----

Business and financial operations occupations

------

Computer and mathematical occupations

------

Architecture and engineering occupations

1----

Life, physical, and social science occupations

------

Community and social services occupations

------

Legal occupations

------

Education, training, and library occupations

--11

Other education, training, and library occupations

--11

Teacher assistants

--11

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations

2----

Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations

------

Healthcare support occupations

------

Protective service occupations

557

Supervisors of protective service workers

------

First-line supervisors of law enforcement workers

--11

First-line supervisors of police and detectives

--11

Law enforcement workers

211

Police officers

211

Police and sheriff's patrol officers

211

Other protective service workers

123

Miscellaneous protective service workers

--23

Crossing guards

--11

Food preparation and serving related occupations

1----

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations

434

Building cleaning and pest control workers

--11

Building cleaning workers

--11

Personal care and service occupations

1----

Sales and related occupations

334

Office and administrative support occupations

------

Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations

446

Agricultural workers

--11

Miscellaneous agricultural workers

--11

Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse

--11

Construction and extraction occupations

131319

Construction trades workers

12913

Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

657

Production occupations

--811

Other production occupations

--57

Transportation and material moving occupations

272637

Air transportation workers

511

Aircraft pilots and flight engineers

511

Commercial pilots

511

Motor vehicle operators

182434

Bus drivers

--11

Bus drivers, school or special client

--11

Driver/sales workers and truck drivers

182333

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

152231

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, Alabama, 2014–15
Worker characteristics20142015
NumberNumberPercent

Total

7570100

Employee status

 

Wage and salary workers (1)

606187

Self-employed (2)

15913

Gender

 

Men

686390

Women

7710

Age (3)

 

18 to 19 years

111

20 to 24 years

--69

25 to 34 years

111116

35 to 44 years

151217

45 to 54 years

141927

55 to 64 years

211319

65 years and over

11811

Race or ethnic origin (4)

 

White, non-Hispanic

494767

Black or African-American, non-Hispanic

211826

Hispanic or Latino

--34

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: Friday, February 17, 2017