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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

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Fatal Occupational Injuries in Georgia – 2018

Fatal work injuries totaled 186 in 2018 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 194 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 5,250 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 Georgia, transportation incidents resulted in 90 fatal work injuries, and violence and other injuries by persons or animals accounted for 40 fatalities. These two major categories accounted for 70 percent of all workplace fatalities in the state. (See table 1.) Worker deaths from transportation incidents were down from 96 over the year and worker fatalities due to violence and other injuries by persons or animals were up from 30 in 2017.

Falls, slips, and trips was the third-most frequent fatal work event with 22 fatalities, down from 27 in the prior year. Contact with objects or equipment resulted in 16 work-related deaths compared to 25 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 industry sector had the largest number of fatalities in Georgia in 2018 with 31, compared to 34 in the previous year. Transportation incidents resulted in 12 of the 31 fatalities in the industry. Nineteen, or 61 percent, of those fatally injured in this industry worked in the specialty trade contractors’ subsector.

The private transportation and warehousing industry sector had 28 workplace fatalities, down from 39 in the previous year. (See table 2.) General freight trucking accounted for over half of the fatal injuries in this industry (15).

Occupation

The transportation and material moving occupational group had the highest number of workplace fatalities with 47. (See table 3.) Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers accounted for 29 of the 47 fatalities among transportation and material moving workers. The construction and extraction occupational group had the second highest number of workplace fatalities with 27. Construction trades workers suffered 23 of the work-related deaths with the construction and extraction group.

Additional highlights

  • Men accounted for 95 percent of the work-related fatalities in Georgia, compared to 92-percent nationwide. (See table 4.) Transportation incidents made up 49 percent of the fatalities for men in Georgia.

  • White non-Hispanics accounted for 57 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 62 percent of the state’s work-related fatalities in 2018, compared to 58 percent of on-the-job fatalities nationally.

  • Of the 186 fatally-injured workers in Georgia, 78 percent worked for wages and salaries; the remainder were self-employed. The most frequent fatal event for wage and salary workers was transportation incidents. For self-employed workers, the most frequent fatal event was violence and other injuries by persons or animals.


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 thanks the Georgia Office of Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner 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, Georgia, 2017–18
Event or exposure (1)20172018
NumberNumberPercent

Total

194186100

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals

304022

Intentional injury by person

273921

Intentional injury by other person

192513

Shooting by other person--intentional

192312

Self-inflicted injury--intentional

8148

Transportation incidents

969048

Aircraft incidents

6169

Rail vehicle incidents

142

Pedestrian vehicular incident

142212

Roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicle

703921

Roadway collision with other vehicle

472011

Roadway collision with object other than vehicle

13126

Roadway noncollision incident

1074

Nonroadway incident involving motorized land vehicles

495

Fires and explosions

--32

Explosions

--32

Falls, slips, trips

272212

Falls on same level

--32

Falls to lower level

251810

Exposure to harmful substances or environments

13158

Exposure to electricity

353

Exposure to temperature extremes

--11

Exposure to other harmful substances

884

Exposure to oxygen deficiency, n.e.c.

111

Contact with objects and equipment

25169

Struck by object or equipment

16116

Caught in or compressed by equipment or objects

632

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

Total

194186100

Private industry

16916187

Goods producing

635831

Natural resources and mining

15137

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

14137

Construction

343117

Construction

343117

Construction of buildings

942

Heavy and civil engineering construction

384

Specialty trade contractors

221910

Manufacturing

14148

Service providing

10610355

Trade, transportation, and utilities

574725

Wholesale trade

763

Retail trade

11137

Transportation and warehousing

392815

Truck transportation

252111

General freight trucking

18158

Information

421

Financial activities

632

Professional and business services

212413

Administrative and waste services

152312

Educational and health services

353

Leisure and hospitality

9158

Arts, entertainment, and recreation

163

Accommodation and food services

895

Other services, except public administration

674

Government (2)

252513

Federal government

9137

State government

332

Local government

1395

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

Total

194186100

Management occupations

9105

Business and financial operations occupations

--32

Computer and mathematical occupations

------

Architecture and engineering occupations

311

Life, physical, and social science occupations

------

Community and social services occupations

------

Legal occupations

--11

Education, training, and library occupations

121

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations

332

Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations

221

Healthcare support occupations

--11

Protective service occupations

13126

Law enforcement workers

753

Food preparation and serving related occupations

542

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations

111810

Grounds maintenance workers

6126

Personal care and service occupations

111

Sales and related occupations

11148

Supervisors of sales workers

495

Office and administrative support occupations

421

Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations

453

Construction and extraction occupations

332715

Construction trades workers

242312

Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

11148

Production occupations

884

Transportation and material moving occupations

674725

Air transportation workers

321

Motor vehicle operators

523921

Driver/sales workers and truck drivers

463720

Driver/sales workers

521

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

372916

Light truck or delivery services drivers

463

Military specific occupations (2)

5116

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, Georgia, 2017–18
Worker characteristics20172018
NumberNumberPercent

Total

194186100

Employee status

Wage and salary workers (1)

15814678

Self-employed (2)

364022

Gender

Men

17317695

Women

21105

Age (3)

18 to 19 years

211

20 to 24 years

141910

25 to 34 years

302916

35 to 44 years

414725

45 to 54 years

333921

55 to 64 years

503217

65 years and over

231910

Race or ethnic origin (4)

White, non-Hispanic

11810657

Black or African-American, non-Hispanic

434323

Hispanic or Latino

242413

Asian, non-Hispanic

9126

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