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18-170-ATL
Thursday, February 22, 2018

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Fatal Occupational Injuries In Florida – 2016

Fatal work injuries totaled 309 in 2016 for Florida, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Janet S. Rankin noted that the number of work-related fatalities in Florida was up from 272 in the previous year and the first time since 2007 that more than 300 fatalities have been recorded. Fatal occupational injuries in the state have ranged from a high of 422 in 2004 to a low of 218 in 2012. (See chart 1.)

Nationwide, a total of 5,190 fatal work injuries were recorded in 2016, a 7-percent increase from the 4,836 fatal injuries in 2015, according to the results from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) program. This was the third consecutive increase in annual workplace fatalities and the first time more than 5,000 fatalities have been recorded since 2008.

Type of incident

In Florida, transportation incidents resulted in 105 fatal work injuries and falls, slips, or trips accounted for 64 fatalities. These two major categories accounted for 55 percent of all workplace fatalities in Florida. (See table 1.) The number of worker deaths from transportation incidents was down from 127 over the year; worker fatalities due to falls, slips, or trips were up from 52. Exposure to harmful substances or environments was the third-most frequent fatal work event with 50 fatalities, up from 21 in 2015.

Nationally, transportation incidents were the most frequent fatal workplace event in 2016, accounting for 40 percent of fatal work injuries. (See chart 2.) Violence and other injuries by persons or animals was the second-most common fatal event (17 percent), followed by falls, slips, or trips (16 percent).

Industry

The private construction industry sector had the largest number of fatalities in Florida with 76, up from 66 in the previous year. (See table 2.) Specialty trade contracting accounted for 61, or 80 percent, of the fatal injuries in this industry.

The private administrative and waste services industry sector had 48 workplace fatalities, up from 37 in the previous year. Thirty-seven, or 77 percent, of those fatally injured in this sector worked in services to buildings and dwellings.

Occupation

Construction and extraction occupations and transportation and material moving occupations had the highest number of workplace fatalities with 68 and 65, respectively. (See table 3.) Roofers accounted for 11 of the 68 workplace fatalities within the construction and extraction group. Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers accounted for 34 of the 65 fatalities in the transportation and material moving group.

Additional highlights

  • Men accounted for 90 percent of the work-related fatalities in Florida, compared to the 93-percent national share. (See table 4.) Transportation incidents made up 36 percent of the fatalities for men in Florida.
  • White non-Hispanics accounted for 53 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 59 percent of the state’s work-related fatalities in 2016, compared to 57 percent of on-the-job fatalities nationally.
  • Of the 309 fatally-injured workers in Florida, 85 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, exposure to harmful substances or environments was the most frequent event.

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 2016 national data, over 23,300 unique source documents were reviewed as part of the data collection process. For the Florida 2016 data, 1,161 unique source documents were reviewed. 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/cfoi/home.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. . BLS thanks the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity 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, Florida, 2015–16
Event or exposure (1)20152016
NumberNumberPercent

Total

272309100

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals

394816

Intentional injury by person

364515

Homicides (Intentional injury by other person)

23289

Suicides (Self-inflicted injury--intentional)

13176

Injury by person--unintentional or intent unknown

121

Injury by other person--unintentional or intent unknown

121

Animal and insect related incidents

--10

Struck by animal

--10

Transportation incidents

12710534

Aircraft incidents

2541

Other in-flight crash

1831

Pedestrian vehicular incident

24268

Pedestrian struck by vehicle in work zone

672

Pedestrian struck by vehicle in roadway

831

Pedestrian struck by vehicle on side of road

--62

Pedestrian struck by vehicle in nonroadway area

893

Roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicle

616220

Roadway collision with other vehicle

394314

Roadway collision with object other than vehicle

1572

Roadway noncollision incident

6124

Nonroadway incident involving motorized land vehicles

10124

Nonroadway noncollision incident

5103

Fires and explosions

--93

Explosions

--72

Falls, slips, trips

526421

Falls on same level

11103

Falls to lower level

405417

Fall from collapsing structure or equipment

--52

Fall through surface or existing opening

9103

Other fall to lower level

293913

Exposure to harmful substances or environments

215016

Exposure to electricity

14237

Direct exposure to electricity

11103

Indirect exposure to electricity

3134

Exposure to temperature extremes

--41

Exposure to environmental heat

--41

Exposure to other harmful substances

4217

Nonmedical use of drugs or alcohol--unintentional overdose

4176

Contact with objects and equipment

283311

Struck by object or equipment

24217

Struck by powered vehicle--nontransport

11103

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

--10

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

1072

Caught in or compressed by equipment or objects

383

Caught in running equipment or machinery

--83

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

--31

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

--21

Engulfment in other collapsing material

--10

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, Florida, 2015–16
Industry (1)20152016
NumberNumberPercent

Total

272309100

Private industry

24328693

Natural resources and mining

15176

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

14176

Crop production

793

Animal production and aquaculture

131

Support activities for agriculture and forestry

331

Construction

667625

Construction of buildings

431

Residential building construction

--31

Heavy and civil engineering construction

13114

Utility system construction

6----

Highway, street, and bridge construction

583

Specialty trade contractors

476120

Foundation, structure, and building exterior contractors

20217

Building equipment contractors

16134

Building finishing contractors

7186

Other specialty trade contractors

393

Manufacturing

12145

Chemical manufacturing

--52

Nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing

--21

Machinery manufacturing

--10

Electrical equipment, appliance, and component manufacturing

--21

Miscellaneous manufacturing

--10

Trade, transportation, and utilities

716822

Utilities

121

Wholesale trade

11103

Merchant wholesalers, durable goods

552

Merchant wholesalers, nondurable goods

652

Retail trade

22196

Motor vehicle and parts dealers

331

Automobile dealers

--31

Food and beverage stores

1262

Grocery stores

1052

Gasoline stations

241

Transportation and warehousing

383712

Truck transportation

24186

General freight trucking

15103

Specialized freight trucking

983

Transit and ground passenger transportation

452

Taxi and limousine service

--52

Support activities for transportation

3114

Information

--62

Telecommunications

--52

Wired telecommunications carriers

--41

Wireless telecommunications carriers (except satellite)

--10

Financial activities

572

Real estate and rental and leasing

372

Real estate

352

Professional and business services

435317

Professional and technical services

652

Professional, scientific, and technical services

652

Administrative and waste services

374816

Administrative and support services

324615

Employment services

341

Services to buildings and dwellings

243712

Other support services

--21

Waste management and remediation services

521

Educational and health services

5114

Educational services

241

Colleges, universities, and professional schools

121

Other schools and instruction

110

Health care and social assistance

372

Ambulatory health care services

--31

Hospitals

--10

Leisure and hospitality

19217

Arts, entertainment, and recreation

462

Museums, historical sites, and similar institutions

--10

Amusement, gambling, and recreation industries

341

Amusement parks and arcades

121

Accommodation and food services

15155

Food services and drinking places

13145

Restaurants and other eating places

9114

Other services, except public administration

6124

Repair and maintenance

483

Automotive repair and maintenance

--52

Commercial machinery repair and maintenance

--31

Personal and laundry services

141

Government (2)

29237

Federal government

1610

State government

341

Local government

10186

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, Florida, 2015–16
Occupation (1)20152016
NumberNumberPercent

Total

272309100

Management occupations

872

Other management occupations

552

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

--41

Business and financial operations occupations

3----

Computer and mathematical occupations

------

Architecture and engineering occupations

1----

Life, physical, and social science occupations

--10

Life scientists

--10

Community and social service occupations

------

Counselors, social workers, and other community and social service specialists

--10

Legal occupations

------

Education, training, and library occupations

--31

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations

--31

Entertainers and performers, sports and related workers

1----

Musicians, singers, and related workers

--10

Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations

--31

Healthcare support occupations

------

Protective service occupations

8145

Supervisors of protective service workers

--10

Law enforcement workers

362

Detectives and criminal investigators

--10

Police officers

252

Police and sheriff's patrol officers

252

Other protective service workers

572

Security guards and gaming surveillance officers

552

Security guards

552

Food preparation and serving related occupations

652

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations

264314

Supervisors of building and grounds cleaning and maintenance workers

572

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

572

Building cleaning and pest control workers

562

Building cleaning workers

462

Grounds maintenance workers

163010

Landscaping and groundskeeping workers

8176

Tree trimmers and pruners

8134

Personal care and service occupations

--72

Animal care and service workers

--10

Personal appearance workers

--31

Barbers, hairdressers, hairstylists and cosmetologists

--31

Sales and related occupations

16217

Supervisors of sales workers

483

First-line supervisors of sales workers

483

Retail sales workers

9103

Cashiers

972

Office and administrative support occupations

662

Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations

12124

Agricultural workers

10103

Miscellaneous agricultural workers

1093

Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse

972

Construction and extraction occupations

566822

Supervisors of construction and extraction workers

452

First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

452

Construction trades workers

505718

Carpenters

493

Construction laborers

14103

Construction equipment operators

--62

Electricians

1383

Painters and paperhangers

462

Roofers

5114

Other construction and related workers

--52

Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

313110

Supervisors of installation, maintenance, and repair workers

431

First-line supervisors of mechanics, installers, and repairers

431

Electrical and electronic equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers

--31

Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers

962

Other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

16196

Production occupations

6124

Metal workers and plastic workers

--41

Welding, soldering, and brazing workers

--31

Other production occupations

--41

Transportation and material moving occupations

706521

Air transportation workers

721

Aircraft pilots and flight engineers

721

Commercial pilots

421

Motor vehicle operators

524916

Driver/sales workers and truck drivers

484314

Driver/sales workers

462

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

373411

Light truck or delivery services drivers

731

Taxi drivers and chauffeurs

462

Taxi drivers and chauffeurs

462

Material moving workers

8124

Crane and tower operators

--10

Industrial truck and tractor operators

--41

Laborers and material movers, hand

352

Pumping station operators

--10

Military specific occupations (2)

------

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: 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 selected demographic characteristics, Florida, 2015–16
Worker characteristics20152016
NumberNumberPercent

Total

272309100

Employee status

 

Wage and salary workers (1)

22526385

Self-employed (2)

474615

Gender

 

Men

25527990

Women

173010

Age (3)

 

20 to 24 years

10217

25 to 34 years

574615

35 to 44 years

515819

45 to 54 years

507725

55 to 64 years

587424

65 years and over

413210

Race or ethnic origin (4)

 

White, non-Hispanic

15116553

Black or African-American, non-Hispanic

374414

Hispanic or Latino

789129

Asian, non-Hispanic

483

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.
 

 

Last Modified Date: Thursday, February 22, 2018