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19-178-ATL
Friday, February 22, 2019

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Fatal Occupational Injuries in Mississippi – 2017

Fatal work injuries totaled 90 in 2017 for Mississippi, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Janet S. Rankin noted that the number of work-related fatalities in Mississippi increased by 19 from the previous year. Fatal occupational injuries in the state have ranged from a high of 128 in 1995 and 1999 to a low of 63 in 2011 and 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 reported in 2016, according to the results from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) program.

Type of incident

In Mississippi, transportation incidents resulted in 55 fatal work injuries, up from 34 in 2016. Fatal workplace events as a result of transportation incidents accounted for 61 percent of fatal injuries in 2017. (See table 1.) Violence and other injuries by persons or animals, and falls, slips, or trips accounted for 10 workplace fatalities each in 2017.

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

Private industry accounted for 73 percent of the 90 workplace fatalities in Mississippi in 2017. Within private industry, the construction, manufacturing, and transportation and warehousing industry sectors accounted for a combined 38 fatalities. (Seetable 2.)

Fatalities in the private construction industry sector totaled 13, up from 9 in 2016. The private manufacturing industry sector also had an increase in workplace fatalities from 2016 to 2017, increasing by 7 to a total of 13. Fatalities in the private transportation and warehousing sector (12) was down from the previous year.

Occupation

The transportation and material moving occupational group had the highest number of workplace fatalities with 27. (See table 3.) The majority of fatalities within the transportation and material moving occupational group were heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers (18). Military specific occupations had the second highest number of fatalities, 16.

Additional highlights

  • Men accounted for 92 percent of the work-related fatalities in Mississippi, similar to the 93 percent nationwide. (See table 4.) Transportation incidents made up 61 percent of the fatalities for men in Mississippi.
  • White non-Hispanics accounted for 76 percent of those who died from a workplace injury. Nationwide, this group accounted for 67 percent of work-related deaths.
  • Workers 25 to 34 years old accounted for 31 percent of the state’s work-related fatalities in 2017, compared to the 17 percent of on-the-job fatalities nationally.
  • Of the 90 fatally-injured worker injuries in Mississippi, 87 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 Mississippi 2017 data, 282 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 Mississippi Department of Employment Security 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, Mississippi, 2016–17
Event or exposure (1)20162017
NumberNumberPercent

Total

7190100

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals

161011

Intentional injury by person

161011

Homicides (Intentional injury by other person)

1378

Shooting by other person--intentional

1378

Suicides (Self-inflicted injury--intentional)

333

Transportation incidents

345561

Aircraft incidents

--2022

Aircraft crash due to low-altitude entanglement

--11

Other in-flight crash

--1921

Pedestrian vehicular incident

478

Water vehicle incidents

--22

Roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicle

202528

Roadway collision with other vehicle

91112

Roadway collision with object other than vehicle

7910

Vehicle struck object or animal on side of roadway

6910

Roadway noncollision incident

456

Falls, slips, trips

61011

Falls to lower level

5910

Other fall to lower level

467

Exposure to harmful substances or environments

389

Exposure to electricity

--44

Contact with objects and equipment

1278

Struck by object or equipment

756

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, Mississippi, 2016–17
Industry (1)20162017
NumberNumberPercent

Total

7190100

Private industry

656673

Natural resources and mining

8910

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

689

Forestry and logging

344

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

211

Construction

91314

Construction

91314

Construction of buildings

--44

Heavy and civil engineering construction

--44

Specialty trade contractors

556

Manufacturing

61314

Manufacturing

61314

Food manufacturing

--78

Trade, transportation, and utilities

231618

Wholesale trade

3----

Retail trade

4----

Transportation and warehousing

151213

Truck transportation

111011

General freight trucking

678

Information

------

Financial activities

--33

Professional and business services

933

Educational and health services

------

Leisure and hospitality

--22

Other services, except public administration

444

Government (3)

62427

Federal government

11719

State government

------

Local government

378

Footnotes:
(1) Industry data are based on the North American Industry Classification System, 2012.
(2) Includes fatal injuries at all establishments categorized as Mining (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, Mississippi, 2016–17
Occupation (1)20162017
NumberNumberPercent

Total

7190100

Management occupations

--44

Business and financial operations occupations

------

Computer and mathematical occupations

------

Architecture and engineering occupations

------

Life, physical, and social science occupations

------

Community and social service occupations

------

Legal occupations

------

Education, training, and library occupations

------

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations

--11

Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations

--11

Healthcare support occupations

------

Protective service occupations

378

Supervisors of protective service workers

--11

Fire fighting and prevention workers

122

Law enforcement workers

--22

Food preparation and serving related occupations

------

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations

722

Personal care and service occupations

--11

Sales and related occupations

933

Supervisors of sales workers

433

Office and administrative support occupations

4----

Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations

356

Construction and extraction occupations

7910

Construction trades workers

689

Construction laborers

--56

Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

378

Supervisors of installation, maintenance, and repair workers

--11

Electrical and electronic equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers

--11

Production occupations

--33

Transportation and material moving occupations

282730

Air transportation workers

--33

Motor vehicle operators

211921

Driver/sales workers and truck drivers

201921

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

181820

Material moving workers

556

Military specific occupations (2)

--1618

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, Mississippi, 2016–17
Worker characteristics20162017
NumberNumberPercent

Total

7190100

Employee status

Wage and salary workers (1)

587887

Self-employed (2)

131213

Gender

Men

658392

Women

678

Age (3)

20 to 24 years

967

25 to 34 years

52831

35 to 44 years

131112

45 to 54 years

181416

55 to 64 years

161416

65 years and over

91517

Race or ethnic origin (4)

White, non-Hispanic

486876

Black or African-American, non-Hispanic

191820

Hispanic or Latino

--33

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 22, 2019