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19-144-ATL
Tuesday, March 05, 2019

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Fatal Occupational Injuries in North Carolina – 2017

Fatal work injuries totaled 183 in 2017 for North Carolina, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Janet S. Rankin noted that the number of work-related fatalities in North Carolina was up from 174 in the previous year. Fatal occupational injuries in the state have ranged from a high of 234 in 2000 to a low of 109 in 2013. (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 North Carolina, transportation incidents accounted for 73, or about 40 percent of fatal work injuries in 2017, an increase from 68 fatalities in 2016. (See table 1.) Falls, slips, or trips was the second-most frequent fatal event in North Carolina with 28 fatalities, followed by violence and other injuries by persons or animals (27), and contact with objects and equipment (26).

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 industry sector had the largest number of fatalities in North Carolina with 36, up from 30 in the previous year. (See table 2.) Three-fourths of those fatally injured in this industry worked in the specialty trade contractors subsector.

The private transportation and warehousing sector had 27 workplace fatalities, little changed from the previous year. The general freight trucking industry group accounted for nine of the fatal injuries within the transportation and warehousing sector.

Occupation

Transportation and material moving occupations and construction and extraction occupations had the highest number of workplace fatalities with 48 and 29, respectively. (See table 3.) Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers accounted for 27 of the 48 fatalities in the transportation and material moving occupational group. Construction trades workers accounted for 24 of the 29 workplace fatalities within the construction and extraction occupational group.

Additional highlights

  • Men accounted for 95 percent of the work-related fatalities in North Carolina, compared to the 93-percent national share. (See table 4.) Transportation incidents made up 41 percent of the fatalities for men in North Carolina.

  • White non-Hispanics accounted for 65 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 57 percent of the state’s work-related fatalities in 2017, compared to 55 percent of on-the-job fatalities nationally.

  • Of the 183 fatally-injured workers in North Carolina, 79 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 North Carolina 2017 data, 1,010 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 North Carolina 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, North Carolina, 2016–17
Event or exposure (1)20162017
NumberNumberPercent

Total

174183100

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals

352715

Intentional injury by person

332715

Homicides (Intentional injury by other person)

252111

Suicides (Self-inflicted injury--intentional)

863

Transportation incidents

687340

Pedestrian vehicular incident

1474

Roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicle

374927

Roadway collision with other vehicle

132815

Roadway collision with object other than vehicle

151810

Roadway noncollision incident

932

Nonroadway incident involving motorized land vehicles

10127

Nonroadway noncollision incident

9116

Jack-knifed or overturned, nonroadway

595

Fires and explosions

363

Fires

111

Explosions

--53

Falls, slips, trips

262815

Falls on same level

--63

Falls to lower level

232212

Other fall to lower level

171810

Exposure to harmful substances or environments

202313

Exposure to electricity

363

Exposure to other harmful substances

8148

Nonmedical use of drugs or alcohol--unintentional overdose

7137

Exposure to oxygen deficiency, n.e.c.

411

Drowning, submersion, n.e.c.

411

Contact with objects and equipment

212614

Struck by object or equipment

181810

Struck by powered vehicle--nontransport

863

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

9116

Caught in or compressed by equipment or objects

--53

Caught in running equipment or machinery

--42

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, North Carolina, 2016–17
Industry (1)20162017
NumberNumberPercent

Total

174183100

Private industry

15516389

Natural resources and mining

172212

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

162212

Crop production

6127

Forestry and logging

374

Construction

303620

Construction

303620

Construction of buildings

442

Heavy and civil engineering construction

353

Specialty trade contractors

222715

Manufacturing

11116

Trade, transportation, and utilities

424223

Wholesale trade

632

Retail trade

11127

Transportation and warehousing

252715

Truck transportation

17169

General freight trucking

1395

Information

1----

Financial activities

332

Professional and business services

222413

Administrative and waste services

222413

Administrative and support services

192111

Services to buildings and dwellings

11179

Educational and health services

463

Leisure and hospitality

9127

Arts, entertainment, and recreation

453

Accommodation and food services

574

Food services and drinking places

574

Other services, except public administration

1663

Government (2)

192011

Federal government

8127

State government

--53

Local government

1032

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, North Carolina, 2016–17
Occupation (1)20162017
NumberNumberPercent

Total

174183100

Management occupations

5169

Other management occupations

4148

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

--84

Food service managers

--32

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

1----

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations

111

Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations

--21

Healthcare support occupations

1----

Protective service occupations

10105

Fire fighting and prevention workers

211

Law enforcement workers

442

Other protective service workers

442

Food preparation and serving related occupations

632

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations

11179

Supervisors of building and grounds cleaning and maintenance workers

--42

Grounds maintenance workers

11137

Personal care and service occupations

3----

Sales and related occupations

1295

Supervisors of sales workers

653

Retail sales workers

432

Office and administrative support occupations

--74

Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers

--53

Postal service workers

--32

Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations

11105

Agricultural workers

632

Forest, conservation, and logging workers

--53

Construction and extraction occupations

302916

Supervisors of construction and extraction workers

253

Construction trades workers

272413

Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

25127

Supervisors of installation, maintenance, and repair workers

332

Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers

1232

Other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

953

Production occupations

463

Transportation and material moving occupations

444826

Air transportation workers

221

Motor vehicle operators

374022

Driver/sales workers and truck drivers

313620

Driver/sales workers

211

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

252715

Light truck or delivery services drivers

484

Taxi drivers and chauffeurs

421

Water transportation workers

--11

Material moving workers

553

Military specific occupations (2)

695

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, North Carolina, 2016–17
Worker characteristics20162017
NumberNumberPercent

Total

174183100

Employee status

Wage and salary workers (1)

15114579

Self-employed (2)

233821

Gender

Men

15617495

Women

1895

Age (3)

20 to 24 years

191810

25 to 34 years

232715

35 to 44 years

364525

45 to 54 years

413318

55 to 64 years

352916

65 years and over

183117

Race or ethnic origin (4)

White, non-Hispanic

11011965

Black or African-American, non-Hispanic

383620

Hispanic or Latino

192011

American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic

--63

Asian, non-Hispanic

5----

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: Tuesday, March 05, 2019