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Thursday, March 02, 2017

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Fatal Occupational Injuries in Georgia – 2015

Fatal work injuries totaled 180 in 2015 for Georgia, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Janet S. Rankin noted that the number of work-related fatalities in Georgia was up from 152 in the previous 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 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 Georgia, transportation incidents resulted in 68 fatal work injuries and falls, slips, or trips accounted for 37 fatalities. These two major categories accounted for 58 percent of all workplace fatalities in Georgia. (See table 1.) The number of worker deaths from transportation incidents increased from 62 over the year and worker fatalities due to falls, slips, or trips were up from 29.

Contact with objects and equipment resulted in 25 fatalities and violence and other injuries by persons or animals accounted for 24 fatalities. Worker fatalities due to contact with objects and equipment were little changed from the prior year. The number of worker deaths from violence and other injuries by persons or animals was down from 33 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 contact with objects and equipment (15 percent).

Industry

The private construction industry sector had the largest number of fatalities in Georgia with 38, up from 32 in the previous year. (See table 2.) Falls, slips, or trips was the most frequent fatal event in the construction sector with 20 worker deaths, followed by exposure to harmful substances or environments with 7 fatalities. Over three-fourths of those fatally injured in this sector worked in specialty trade contracting.

The private transportation and warehousing industry sector had 31 workplace fatalities, up from 21 from the previous year. Long-distance general freight trucking accounted for 11, or 35 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 50 and 33, respectively. (See table 3.) The majority of the fatalities within the transportation and material moving group were heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers (37). Construction trades workers accounted for 27 of the 33 fatalities among construction and extraction workers.

Additional highlights

  • Men accounted for 96 percent of the work-related fatalities in Georgia, compared to 93 percent nationwide. (See table 4.) Transportation incidents made up 38 percent of the fatalities for men in Georgia.
  • White non-hispanics accounted for 62 percent of those who died from a workplace injury. Nationwide, this group accounted for 67 percent of work-related deaths.
  • Workers 25-54 years old accounted for 61 percent of the state’s work-related fatalities in 2015, compared to 57 percent of on-the-job fatalities nationally.
  • Of the 180 fatal work injuries in Georgia, 77 percent worked for wages and salaries; the remainder were self-employed. The most frequent fatal event for both groups of workers was transportation incidents.

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

Total

152180100

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals

332413

Intentional injury by person

322212

Homicides (Intentional injury by other person)

18148

Shooting by other person--intentional

16148

Suicides (Self-inflicted injury--intentional)

1484

Shooting--intentional self-harm

1063

Hanging, strangulation, asphyxiation--intentional self-harm

--11

Transportation incidents

626838

Rail vehicle incidents

--32

Collision between rail vehicle and another vehicle

--21

Collision between rail and roadway vehicles

--21

Pedestrian vehicular incident

8116

Pedestrian struck by vehicle in roadway

--42

Pedestrian struck by forward-moving vehicle in roadway

--42

Pedestrian struck by vehicle on side of road

--32

Pedestrian struck by vehicle backing up in nonroadway area

--11

Roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicle

384324

Roadway collision with other vehicle

17179

Roadway collision--moving in same direction

863

Roadway collision--moving in opposite directions, oncoming

--53

Roadway collision--moving and standing vehicle in roadway

--21

Roadway collision--moving and standing vehicle on side of roadway

--21

Roadway collision with object other than vehicle

152313

Vehicle struck object or animal on side of roadway

142313

Roadway noncollision incident

632

Ran off roadway

--11

Nonroadway incident involving motorized land vehicles

1184

Nonroadway collision with object other than vehicle

--32

Nonroadway noncollision incident

953

Jack-knifed or overturned, nonroadway

832

Fires and explosions

--63

Fires

------

Collapsing building, structure, or structural element during fire

--11

Explosions

--42

Demolition or blasting explosion

--11

Falls, slips, trips

293721

Falls to lower level

273318

Fall from collapsing structure or equipment

--32

Fall from collapsing structure or equipment 11 to 15 feet

--11

Fall through surface or existing opening

663

Fall through surface or existing opening 16 to 20 feet

--11

Fall through surface or existing opening 26 to 30 feet

--11

Fall through surface or existing opening more than 30 feet

--11

Other fall to lower level

212313

Other fall to lower level 21 to 25 feet

--53

Other fall to lower level 26 to 30 feet

--11

Other fall to lower level more than 30 feet

142

Exposure to harmful substances or environments

42011

Exposure to electricity

--74

Direct exposure to electricity

--42

Direct exposure to electricity, 220 volts or less

--32

Exposure to other harmful substances

3127

Nonmedical use of drugs or alcohol--unintentional overdose

--84

Inhalation of harmful substance

142

Inhalation of harmful substance--single episode

142

Contact with objects and equipment

222514

Struck by object or equipment

152212

Struck by powered vehicle--nontransport

653

Struck or run over by rolling powered vehicle

--32

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

8158

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

342

Caught in or compressed by equipment or objects

632

Caught in running equipment or machinery

532

Caught in running equipment or machinery during maintenance, cleaning

311

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

Total

152180100

Private industry

13716592

Natural resources and mining

16106

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

16106

Animal production and aquaculture

--11

Forestry and logging

674

Construction

323821

Construction of buildings

684

Residential building construction

--32

Nonresidential building construction

453

Heavy and civil engineering construction

--11

Highway, street, and bridge construction

111

Specialty trade contractors

212916

Foundation, structure, and building exterior contractors

9148

Building equipment contractors

963

Other specialty trade contractors

--74

Manufacturing

152715

Food manufacturing

221

Animal slaughtering and processing

121

Wood product manufacturing

253

Veneer, plywood, and engineered wood product manufacturing

--11

Paper manufacturing

211

Pulp, paper, and paperboard mills

111

Petroleum and coal products manufacturing

--21

Asphalt paving, roofing, and saturated materials manufacturing

--21

Chemical manufacturing

232

Nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing

--42

Cement and concrete product manufacturing

--11

Other nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing

--21

Fabricated metal product manufacturing

--32

Architectural and structural metals manufacturing

--11

Boiler, tank, and shipping container manufacturing

--11

Machine shops; turned product; and screw, nut, and bolt manufacturing

--11

Machinery manufacturing

--11

Agriculture, construction, and mining machinery manufacturing

111

Transportation equipment manufacturing

111

Motor vehicle parts manufacturing

--11

Trade, transportation, and utilities

324927

Utilities

--11

Electric power generation, transmission and distribution

--11

Wholesale trade

563

Merchant wholesalers, durable goods

442

Retail trade

6116

Motor vehicle and parts dealers

--32

Food and beverage stores

321

Gasoline stations

211

General merchandise stores

--11

Transportation and warehousing

213117

Truck transportation

162514

General freight trucking

14116

General freight trucking, long-distance

8116

Specialized freight trucking

--148

Specialized freight (except used goods) trucking, local

--32

Specialized freight (except used goods) trucking, long-distance

--106

Transit and ground passenger transportation

221

Taxi and limousine service

221

Support activities for transportation

121

Information

321

Publishing industries (except internet)

--11

Newspaper, periodical, book, and directory publishers

--11

Broadcasting (except internet)

--11

Cable and other subscription programming

--11

Financial activities

5----

Professional and business services

11169

Professional and technical services

--53

Professional, scientific, and technical services

--53

Legal services

--42

Advertising and related services

--11

Administrative and waste services

9116

Administrative and support services

6106

Business support services

--11

Investigation and security services

--11

Services to buildings and dwellings

584

Waste management and remediation services

311

Remediation and other waste management services

--11

Educational and health services

511

Educational services

211

Technical and trade schools

211

Leisure and hospitality

6106

Arts, entertainment, and recreation

--63

Performing arts, spectator sports, and related industries

--42

Accommodation and food services

442

Food services and drinking places

432

Other services, except public administration

12106

Repair and maintenance

753

Automotive repair and maintenance

653

Personal and laundry services

242

Death care services

--11

Religious, grantmaking, civic, professional, and similar organizations

311

Religious organizations

--11

Government (2)

15158

Federal government

5----

State government

142

Local government

995

Footnotes:
(1) Industry data are based on the North American Industry Classification System, 2012.
(2) 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, Georgia, 2014–15
Occupation (1)20142015
NumberNumberPercent

Total

152180100

Management occupations

932

Business and financial operations occupations

--32

Computer and mathematical occupations

------

Architecture and engineering occupations

------

Life, physical, and social science occupations

------

Community and social services occupations

--11

Religious workers

--11

Clergy

--11

Legal occupations

132

Lawyers, judges, and related workers

132

Lawyers and judicial law clerks

132

Education, training, and library occupations

------

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations

163

Entertainers and performers, sports and related workers

--42

Musicians, singers, and related workers

--42

Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations

------

Healthcare support occupations

------

Protective service occupations

6116

Supervisors of protective service workers

--11

First-line supervisors of fire fighting and prevention workers

--11

Law enforcement workers

495

Bailiffs, correctional officers, and jailers

--21

Police officers

474

Other protective service workers

--11

Security guards and gaming surveillance officers

--11

Food preparation and serving related occupations

232

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations

7127

Supervisors of building and grounds cleaning and maintenance workers

--42

First-line supervisors of building and grounds cleaning and maintenance workers

--42

Building cleaning and pest control workers

--11

Pest control workers

--11

Grounds maintenance workers

674

Landscaping and groundskeeping workers

342

Personal care and service occupations

221

Funeral service workers

--11

Funeral attendants

--11

Other personal care and service workers

--11

Recreation and fitness workers

--11

Sales and related occupations

9116

Supervisors of sales workers

353

First-line supervisors of sales workers

353

Retail sales workers

353

Cashiers

221

Retail salespersons

132

Office and administrative support occupations

4----

Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations

1142

Agricultural workers

811

Forest, conservation, and logging workers

--32

Logging workers

--32

Construction and extraction occupations

293318

Supervisors of construction and extraction workers

353

First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

353

Construction trades workers

262715

Brickmasons, blockmasons, and stonemasons

--11

Carpenters

--11

Construction laborers

9106

Drywall installers, ceiling tile installers, and tapers

--11

Roofers

563

Extraction workers

--11

Explosives workers, ordnance handling experts, and blasters

--11

Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

122112

Supervisors of installation, maintenance, and repair workers

--32

First-line supervisors of mechanics, installers, and repairers

--32

Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers

495

Automotive technicians and repairers

463

Other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

695

Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers

--42

Industrial machinery installation, repair, and maintenance workers

--11

Line installers and repairers

--11

Production occupations

10148

Supervisors of production workers

--42

First-line supervisors of production and operating workers

--42

Assemblers and fabricators

--11

Structural metal fabricators and fitters

--11

Metal workers and plastic workers

332

Machine tool cutting setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

--11

Plant and system operators

--11

Other production occupations

432

Crushing, grinding, polishing, mixing, and blending workers

--11

Transportation and material moving occupations

415028

Air transportation workers

221

Aircraft pilots and flight engineers

221

Commercial pilots

221

Motor vehicle operators

324123

Driver/sales workers and truck drivers

303922

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

293721

Taxi drivers and chauffeurs

221

Material moving workers

674

Crane and tower operators

111

Laborers and material movers, hand

353

Military specific occupations (2)

311

Footnotes:
(1) Occupation data are based on the Standard Occupational Classification system, 2010.
(2) Includes fatal injuries to persons identified as resident armed forces regardless of individual occupation listed.
 

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, Georgia, 2014–15
Worker characteristics20142015
NumberNumberPercent

Total

152180100

Employee status

 

Wage and salary workers (1)

12413877

Self-employed (2)

284223

Gender

 

Men

13917296

Women

1384

Age (3)

 

18 to 19 years

--32

20 to 24 years

8158

25 to 34 years

242715

35 to 44 years

304223

45 to 54 years

504022

55 to 64 years

293419

65 years and over

101810

Race or ethnic origin (4)

 

White, non-Hispanic

8711262

Black or African-American, non-Hispanic

363620

Hispanic or Latino

212614

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: Thursday, March 02, 2017