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18-292-ATL
Thursday, February 22, 2018

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Fatal Occupational Injuries in Georgia – 2016

Fatal work injuries totaled 171 in 2016 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 down from 180 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 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 Georgia, transportation incidents resulted in 76 fatal work injuries and violence and other injuries by persons or animals accounted for 37 fatalities. These two major categories accounted for 66 percent of all workplace fatalities in Georgia. (See table 1.) The number of worker deaths from transportation incidents increased from 68 over the year and worker fatalities due to violence and other injuries by persons or animals were up from 24. Falls, slips, or trips was the third-most frequent fatal work event with 29 fatalities, down from 37 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 transportation and warehousing industry sector had the largest number of fatalities in Georgia with 37, up from 31 in the previous year. (See table 2.) General freight trucking accounted for 11, or about 30 percent, of the fatal injuries in this industry.

The private construction sector had 35 workplace fatalities, down from 38 in the previous year. Twenty-six, or 74 percent, of those fatally injured in this sector worked in specialty trade contracting.

Occupation

Transportation and material moving occupations and construction and extraction occupations had the highest number of workplace fatalities with 55 and 32, respectively. (See table 3.) The majority of the fatalities within the transportation and material moving group were driver/sales workers and truck drivers (36). Construction laborers accounted for 12 of the 32 fatalities among construction and extraction workers.

Additional highlights

  • Men accounted for 94 percent of the work-related fatalities in Georgia, similar to the national share. (See table 4.) Transportation incidents made up 43 percent of the fatalities for men in Georgia.
  • White non-Hispanics accounted for 56 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 64 percent of the state’s work-related fatalities in 2016, compared to 57 percent of on-the-job fatalities nationally.
  • Of the 171 fatally-injured workers in Georgia, 78 percent worked for wages and salaries; the remainder were self-employed. The most frequent fatal event for both groups of workers was transportation incidents.

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 national 2016 data, over 23,300 unique source documents were reviewed as part of the data collection process. For the Georgia 2016 data, 719 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 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.

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Table 1. Fatal occupational injuries by event or exposure, Georgia, 2015–16
Event or exposure (1)20152016
NumberNumberPercent

Total

180171100

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals

243722

Intentional injury by person

223722

Homicides (Intentional injury by other person)

143118

Suicides (Self-inflicted injury--intentional)

853

Transportation incidents

687644

Aircraft incidents

--53

Aircraft crash during takeoff or landing

--11

Other in-flight crash

--32

Parachuting incident

--11

Rail vehicle incidents

332

Collision between rail vehicle and another vehicle

232

Pedestrian vehicular incident

1195

Pedestrian struck by vehicle in roadway

421

Pedestrian struck by vehicle in nonroadway area

--32

Roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicle

435532

Roadway collision with other vehicle

172615

Roadway collision with object other than vehicle

231911

Vehicle struck object or animal on side of roadway

231911

Roadway noncollision incident

3106

Jack-knifed or overturned, roadway

--85

Ran off roadway

111

Nonroadway incident involving motorized land vehicles

832

Nonroadway noncollision incident

532

Fires and explosions

621

Explosions

421

Explosion of pressure vessel, piping, or tire

--11

Falls, slips, trips

372917

Falls on same level

--32

Falls to lower level

332615

Fall from collapsing structure or equipment

332

Fall through surface or existing opening

653

Other fall to lower level

231811

Exposure to harmful substances or environments

20148

Exposure to electricity

764

Direct exposure to electricity

432

Indirect exposure to electricity

--32

Exposure to other harmful substances

1242

Contact with objects and equipment

25138

Struck by object or equipment

2285

Struck by powered vehicle--nontransport

542

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

15----

Injured by handheld object or equipment

--11

Caught in or compressed by equipment or objects

311

Caught in running equipment or machinery

311

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

--42

Engulfment in other collapsing material

--11

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, 2015–16
Industry (1)20152016
NumberNumberPercent

Total

180171100

Private industry

16515188

Natural resources and mining

1085

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

1074

Crop production

--32

Support activities for agriculture and forestry

--21

Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (2)

--11

Mining (except oil and gas)

--11

Construction

383520

Construction of buildings

842

Residential building construction

342

Heavy and civil engineering construction

153

Utility system construction

--11

Highway, street, and bridge construction

132

Other heavy and civil engineering construction

--11

Specialty trade contractors

292615

Foundation, structure, and building exterior contractors

14127

Building equipment contractors

642

Building finishing contractors

--64

Other specialty trade contractors

742

Manufacturing

27127

Food manufacturing

211

Beverage and tobacco product manufacturing

--11

Textile mills

--11

Plastics and rubber products manufacturing

--21

Nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing

411

Fabricated metal product manufacturing

311

Miscellaneous manufacturing

111

Trade, transportation, and utilities

495532

Utilities

121

Electric power generation, transmission and distribution

111

Water, sewage and other systems

--11

Wholesale trade

653

Merchant wholesalers, durable goods

432

Retail trade

11116

Building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers

--11

Food and beverage stores

253

Gasoline stations

132

Clothing and clothing accessories stores

--11

General merchandise stores

111

Transportation and warehousing

313722

Air transportation

--21

Water transportation

--11

Truck transportation

252112

General freight trucking

11116

Specialized freight trucking

14106

Transit and ground passenger transportation

264

Support activities for transportation

242

Postal service

--42

Warehousing and storage

--11

Information

211

Publishing industries (except internet)

111

Newspaper, periodical, book, and directory publishers

111

Financial activities

------

Professional and business services

16169

Professional and technical services

5----

Professional, scientific, and technical services

5----

Administrative and waste services

11148

Administrative and support services

10127

Educational and health services

132

Educational services

132

Elementary and secondary schools

--21

Colleges, universities, and professional schools

111

Technical and trade schools

111

Leisure and hospitality

10116

Accommodation and food services

4116

Accommodation

--32

Food services and drinking places

385

Other services, except public administration

1085

Repair and maintenance

553

Automotive repair and maintenance

553

Religious, grantmaking, civic, professional, and similar organizations

132

Religious organizations

121

Government (3)

152012

Federal government

--64

State government

421

Local government

9127

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

Total

180171100

Management occupations

364

Other management occupations

--64

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

--32

Food service managers

132

Community and social service occupations

------

Religious workers

111

Legal occupations

311

Lawyers, judges, and related workers

311

Education, training, and library occupations

--11

Preschool, primary, secondary, and special education school teachers

--11

Secondary school teachers

--11

Protective service occupations

11138

Supervisors of protective service workers

142

First-line supervisors of law enforcement workers

--42

Law enforcement workers

964

Detectives and criminal investigators

--11

Police officers

753

Other protective service workers

132

Security guards and gaming surveillance officers

132

Food preparation and serving related occupations

3----

Cooks and food preparation workers

--11

Cooks

--11

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations

12159

Supervisors of building and grounds cleaning and maintenance workers

411

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

411

Building cleaning and pest control workers

142

Building cleaning workers

--32

Pest control workers

111

Grounds maintenance workers

7106

Grounds maintenance workers

7106

Sales and related occupations

11106

Supervisors of sales workers

542

First-line supervisors of sales workers

542

Retail sales workers

542

Cashiers

242

Other sales and related workers

--21

Office and administrative support occupations

--85

Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers

--64

Couriers and messengers

--11

Postal service workers

--42

Stock clerks and order fillers

111

Construction and extraction occupations

333219

Construction trades workers

273018

Carpenters

153

Construction laborers

10127

Construction equipment operators

--11

Drywall installers, ceiling tile installers, and tapers

111

Painters and paperhangers

--32

Roofers

642

Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

211710

Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers

974

Automotive technicians and repairers

653

Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists

--11

Other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

9106

Industrial machinery installation, repair, and maintenance workers

153

Maintenance and repair workers, general

--32

Production occupations

1453

Metal workers and plastic workers

311

Plant and system operators

111

Power plant operators, distributors, and dispatchers

--11

Other production occupations

332

Crushing, grinding, polishing, mixing, and blending workers

111

Cutting workers

--11

Transportation and material moving occupations

505532

Air transportation workers

242

Aircraft pilots and flight engineers

242

Motor vehicle operators

414325

Bus drivers

--32

Driver/sales workers and truck drivers

393621

Taxi drivers and chauffeurs

242

Water transportation workers

--11

Sailors and marine oilers

--11

Other transportation workers

--11

Miscellaneous transportation workers

--11

Material moving workers

764

Industrial truck and tractor operators

--21

Laborers and material movers, hand

532

Refuse and recyclable material collectors

--11

Footnotes:
(1) Occupation data are based on the Standard Occupational Classification system, 2010.
 

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, Georgia, 2015–16
Worker characteristics20152016
NumberNumberPercent

Total

180171100

Employee status

 

Wage and salary workers (1)

13813478

Self-employed (2)

423722

Gender

 

Men

17216194

Women

8106

Age (3)

 

18 to 19 years

321

20 to 24 years

1585

25 to 34 years

273118

35 to 44 years

422716

45 to 54 years

405230

55 to 64 years

344124

65 years and over

18106

Race or ethnic origin (4)

 

White, non-Hispanic

1129556

Black or African-American, non-Hispanic

365029

Hispanic or Latino

26169

Asian, non-Hispanic

--106

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, February 22, 2018