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Tuesday, March 05, 2019

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Fatal Occupational Injuries In Florida – 2017

Fatal work injuries totaled 299 in 2017 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 down from 309 in the previous year. 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 5,147 fatal work injuries were recorded in 2017, down slightly from the 5,190 fatal injuries in 2016, according to the results from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) program.

Type of incident

In Florida, transportation incidents resulted in 107 fatal work injuries and falls, slips, or trips accounted for 62 fatalities. These two major categories accounted for 57 percent of all workplace fatalities in Florida. (See table 1.) Worker fatalities from these two events were little changed from the previous year.

Exposure to harmful substances or environments was the third-most frequent fatal work event with 48 fatalities, also little changed from 2016. Violence and other injuries by persons or animals resulted in 43 work-related deaths, down from 48 in 2016.

Nationally, transportation incidents were the most frequent fatal workplace event in 2017, accounting for 40 percent of fatal work injuries. (See chart 2.) Falls, slips, or trips was the second-most common fatal event (17 percent), followed by violence and other injuries by persons or animals (16 percent).

Industry

The private construction sector had the largest number of fatalities in Florida with 75, similar to the count in the previous year. (See table 2.) The specialty trade contractors industry subsector accounted for 49, or 65 percent, of the fatal injuries in this industry.

The private administrative and waste services sector had 52 workplace fatalities compared to 48 in the previous year. Thirty-eight, or 73 percent, of those fatally injured in this sector worked in the services to buildings and dwellings industry group.

Occupation

Transportation and material moving occupations and construction and extraction occupations had the highest number of workplace fatalities with 76 and 63, respectively. (See table 3.) Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers accounted for 38 of the 76 fatalities in the transportation and material moving group. Construction laborers accounted for 22 of the 63 workplace fatalities within the construction and extraction group.

Additional highlights

  • Men accounted for 95 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 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 63 percent of the state’s work-related fatalities in 2017, compared to 55 percent of on-the-job fatalities nationally.

  • Of the 299 fatally-injured workers in Florida, 85 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 Bureau of Labor Statistics (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 2017 national data, over 23,400 unique source documents were reviewed as part of the data collection process. For the Florida 2017 data, 1,144 unique source documents were reviewed. For technical information and definitions for CFOI, please go to the BLS Handbook of Methods on the BLS website at www.bls.gov/opub/hom/cfoi/home.htm.

Federal/State agency coverage. The CFOI includes data for all fatal work injuries, even those that may be outside the scope of other agencies or 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. More on the scope of CFOI can be found at www.bls.gov/iif/cfoiscope.htm and www.bls.gov/opub/hom/cfoi/concepts.htm.

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, 2016–17
Event or exposure (1)20162017
NumberNumberPercent

Total

309299100

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals

484314

Intentional injury by person

454214

Homicides (Intentional injury by other person)

283411

Shooting by other person--intentional

22258

Transportation incidents

10510736

Aircraft incidents

441

Rail vehicle incidents

--52

Pedestrian vehicular incident

26196

Water vehicle incidents

--41

Roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicle

626522

Roadway collision with other vehicle

434013

Roadway collision with object other than vehicle

7165

Roadway noncollision incident

1293

Nonroadway incident involving motorized land vehicles

12103

Fires and explosions

972

Explosions

772

Falls, slips, trips

646221

Falls on same level

1072

Falls to lower level

545318

Exposure to harmful substances or environments

504816

Exposure to electricity

23196

Direct exposure to electricity

1072

Indirect exposure to electricity

13124

Exposure to temperature extremes

431

Exposure to other harmful substances

21217

Nonmedical use of drugs or alcohol--unintentional overdose

17165

Contact with objects and equipment

333110

Struck by object or equipment

21248

Struck by powered vehicle--nontransport

10124

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

7103

Caught in or compressed by equipment or objects

852

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, 2016–17
Industry (1)20162017
NumberNumberPercent

Total

309299100

Private industry

28628294

Natural resources and mining

17134

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

17134

Crop production

9103

Construction

767525

Construction

767525

Heavy and civil engineering construction

11196

Specialty trade contractors

614916

Foundation, structure, and building exterior contractors

21227

Building equipment contractors

13145

Building finishing contractors

1862

Other specialty trade contractors

972

Manufacturing

14176

Trade, transportation, and utilities

686722

Utilities

221

Wholesale trade

1031

Retail trade

19165

Transportation and warehousing

374615

Truck transportation

183211

General freight trucking

10145

Specialized freight trucking

8186

Support activities for transportation

1183

Information

6----

Financial activities

762

Professional and business services

535819

Administrative and waste services

485217

Administrative and support services

464615

Services to buildings and dwellings

373813

Landscaping services

332910

Educational and health services

1172

Leisure and hospitality

21279

Arts, entertainment, and recreation

693

Accommodation and food services

15186

Food services and drinking places

14145

Other services, except public administration

12103

Government (2)

23176

Federal government

1----

State government

431

Local government

18145

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, 2016–17
Occupation (1)20162017
NumberNumberPercent

Total

309299100

Management occupations

7134

Other management occupations

572

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

431

Business and financial operations occupations

--41

Financial specialists

--41

Computer and mathematical occupations

------

Architecture and engineering occupations

--31

Life, physical, and social science occupations

1----

Community and social service occupations

------

Legal occupations

------

Education, training, and library occupations

3----

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations

331

Entertainers and performers, sports and related workers

--31

Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations

3----

Healthcare support occupations

------

Protective service occupations

14207

Supervisors of protective service workers

141

Law enforcement workers

652

Other protective service workers

7103

Food preparation and serving related occupations

583

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations

433913

Supervisors of building and grounds cleaning and maintenance workers

772

Building cleaning and pest control workers

672

Grounds maintenance workers

30258

Personal care and service occupations

741

Sales and related occupations

2183

Supervisors of sales workers

831

Office and administrative support occupations

641

Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations

1272

Agricultural workers

1062

Construction and extraction occupations

686321

Supervisors of construction and extraction workers

541

Construction trades workers

575619

Carpenters

941

Construction laborers

10227

Construction equipment operators

641

Electricians

883

Painters and paperhangers

641

Roofers

1183

Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

313411

Supervisors of installation, maintenance, and repair workers

331

Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers

672

Other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

19207

Production occupations

1272

Transportation and material moving occupations

657625

Air transportation workers

231

Motor vehicle operators

495418

Driver/sales workers and truck drivers

434916

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

343813

Light truck or delivery services drivers

393

Taxi drivers and chauffeurs

641

Material moving workers

12134

Laborers and material movers, hand

572

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: 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 selected demographic characteristics, Florida, 2016–17
Worker characteristics20162017
NumberNumberPercent

Total

309299100

Employee status

Wage and salary workers (1)

26325585

Self-employed (2)

464415

Gender

Men

27928395

Women

30165

Age (3)

20 to 24 years

21145

25 to 34 years

465318

35 to 44 years

586120

45 to 54 years

777425

55 to 64 years

746120

65 years and over

323512

Race or ethnic origin (4)

White, non-Hispanic

16516856

Black or African-American, non-Hispanic

444415

Hispanic or Latino

918127

Asian, non-Hispanic

841

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: Tuesday, March 05, 2019