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20-133-ATL
Tuesday, February 25, 2020

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Fatal Occupational Injuries In Florida – 2018

Fatal work injuries totaled 332 in 2018 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 299 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 5,250 fatal work injuries were recorded in 2018, up from the 5,147 fatal injuries in 2017, according to the results from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) program.

Type of incident

In Florida, transportation incidents resulted in 117 fatal work injuries and falls, slips, and trips accounted for 82 fatalities. These two major categories accounted for 60 percent of all workplace fatalities in Florida. (See table 1.) Worker fatalities from transportation incidents were up from 107 over the year and worker deaths from falls, slips, and trips were up from 62.

Exposure to harmful substances or environments was the third-most frequent fatal work event with 56 fatalities, up from 48 in the prior year. Contact with objects and equipment had 37 worker-related deaths compared to 31 in 2017.

Nationally, transportation incidents were the most frequent fatal workplace event in 2018, 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 (16 percent), followed by falls, slips, and trips (15 percent) and contact with objects and equipment (15 percent).

Industry

The private construction sector had the largest number of fatalities in Florida with 101, up from 75 from the previous year. (See table 2.) The specialty trade contractors industry subsector accounted for 70, or 69 percent, of the fatal injuries in this industry.

The private administrative and waste services sector had 49 workplace fatalities compared to 52 in the previous year. Thirty-seven, or 76 percent, of those fatally injured in this sector worked in the services to buildings and dwellings industry group.

Occupation

Construction and extraction occupations and transportation and material moving occupations had the highest number of workplace fatalities with 84 and 76, respectively. (See table 3.) Construction laborers accounted for 22 of the 84 workplace fatalities within the construction and extraction group. Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers accounted for 48 of the 76 fatalities in the transportation and material moving group.

Additional highlights

  • Men accounted for 95 percent of the work-related fatalities in Florida, compared to the 92-percent national share. (See table 4.) Transportation incidents made up 36 percent of the fatalities for men in Florida.

  • White non-Hispanics accounted for 54 percent of those who died from a workplace injury. Nationwide, this group accounted for 65 percent of work-related deaths.

  • Workers 25-54 years old accounted for 63 percent of the state’s work-related fatalities in 2018, compared to 58 percent of on-the-job fatalities nationally.

  • Of the 332 fatally-injured workers in Florida, 89 percent worked for wages and salaries; the remainder were self-employed. The most frequent fatal event for wage and salary workers was transportation incidents; transportation incidents and falls, slips, and trips were the most frequent fatal events for self-employed workers.


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, is a count of all fatal work injuries occurring in the U.S. during the calendar year. The CFOI uses a variety of 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 2018 national data, over 24,800 unique source documents were reviewed as part of the data collection process. For technical information and definitions for the CFOI, see 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, some of which may be outside the scope of other agencies or regulatory coverage. Comparisons between CFOI counts and those released by other agencies should account for the different coverage requirements and definitions used by each agency. For more information on the scope of CFOI, see www.bls.gov/iif/cfoiscope.htm and www.bls.gov/opub/hom/cfoi/concepts.htm.

Acknowledgments. BLS 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, 2017–18
Event or exposure (1)20172018
NumberNumberPercent

Total

299332100

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals

433310

Intentional injury by person

423210

Intentional injury by other person

34227

Shooting by other person--intentional

25196

Self-inflicted injury--intentional

8103

Shooting--intentional self-harm

441

Hanging, strangulation, asphyxiation--intentional self-harm

341

Transportation incidents

10711735

Aircraft incidents

482

Pedestrian vehicular incident

19247

Water vehicle incidents

462

Roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicle

657021

Nonroadway incident involving motorized land vehicles

1082

Fires and explosions

772

Explosions

772

Falls, slips, trips

628225

Falls on same level

7113

Falls to lower level

536921

Exposure to harmful substances or environments

485617

Exposure to electricity

19237

Exposure to temperature extremes

341

Exposure to other harmful substances

21227

Exposure to oxygen deficiency, n.e.c.

572

Contact with objects and equipment

313711

Struck by object or equipment

24268

Caught in or compressed by equipment or objects

562

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

141

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, Florida, 2017–18
Industry (1)20172018
NumberNumberPercent

Total

299332100

Private industry

28230893

Goods producing

10513942

Natural resources and mining

13185

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

13175

Mining (2)

--10

Construction

7510130

Construction

7510130

Construction of buildings

772

Heavy and civil engineering construction

19227

Specialty trade contractors

497021

Manufacturing

17206

Service providing

17716951

Trade, transportation, and utilities

676720

Wholesale trade

3134

Retail trade

16175

Transportation and warehousing

463511

Truck transportation

32268

General freight trucking

14196

Specialized freight trucking

1872

Information

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Financial activities

6113

Professional and business services

585316

Professional and technical services

641

Administrative and waste services

524915

Administrative and support services

464313

Employment services

131

Services to buildings and dwellings

383711

Landscaping services

293511

Educational and health services

7124

Educational services

341

Health care and social assistance

482

Leisure and hospitality

27155

Other services, except public administration

1093

Government (3)

17247

Federal government

--62

State government

341

Local government

14144

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, Florida, 2017–18
Occupation (1)20172018
NumberNumberPercent

Total

299332100

Management occupations

1362

Business and financial operations occupations

421

Architecture and engineering occupations

3----

Education, training, and library occupations

--10

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations

331

Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations

--31

Healthcare support occupations

--41

Protective service occupations

20175

Law enforcement workers

593

Police officers

572

Food preparation and serving related occupations

841

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations

394012

Grounds maintenance workers

253210

Landscaping and groundskeeping workers

15206

Tree trimmers and pruners

9124

Personal care and service occupations

441

Sales and related occupations

8144

Office and administrative support occupations

441

Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations

7124

Agricultural workers

693

Construction and extraction occupations

638425

Supervisors of construction and extraction workers

4155

Construction trades workers

566219

Construction laborers

22227

Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

343811

Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers

7144

Other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

20227

Production occupations

7103

Transportation and material moving occupations

767623

Air transportation workers

352

Motor vehicle operators

545817

Driver/sales workers and truck drivers

495617

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

384814

Light truck or delivery services drivers

982

Material moving workers

13113

Military specific occupations (2)

--52

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, 2017–18
Worker characteristics20172018
NumberNumberPercent

Total

299332100

Employee status

Wage and salary workers (1)

25529489

Self-employed (2)

443811

Gender

Men

28331695

Women

16165

Age (3)

18 to 19 years

--31

20 to 24 years

14124

25 to 34 years

535617

35 to 44 years

617523

45 to 54 years

747924

55 to 64 years

616820

65 years and over

353912

Race or ethnic origin (4)

White, non-Hispanic

16817854

Black or African-American, non-Hispanic

444313

Hispanic or Latino

8110431

Asian, non-Hispanic

441

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 data for Hispanics and Latinos.

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, February 25, 2020