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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) 2017 2018
Number Number Percent

Total

299 332 100

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals

43 33 10

Intentional injury by person

42 32 10

Intentional injury by other person

34 22 7

Shooting by other person--intentional

25 19 6

Self-inflicted injury--intentional

8 10 3

Shooting--intentional self-harm

4 4 1

Hanging, strangulation, asphyxiation--intentional self-harm

3 4 1

Transportation incidents

107 117 35

Aircraft incidents

4 8 2

Pedestrian vehicular incident

19 24 7

Water vehicle incidents

4 6 2

Roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicle

65 70 21

Nonroadway incident involving motorized land vehicles

10 8 2

Fires and explosions

7 7 2

Explosions

7 7 2

Falls, slips, trips

62 82 25

Falls on same level

7 11 3

Falls to lower level

53 69 21

Exposure to harmful substances or environments

48 56 17

Exposure to electricity

19 23 7

Exposure to temperature extremes

3 4 1

Exposure to other harmful substances

21 22 7

Exposure to oxygen deficiency, n.e.c.

5 7 2

Contact with objects and equipment

31 37 11

Struck by object or equipment

24 26 8

Caught in or compressed by equipment or objects

5 6 2

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

1 4 1

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) 2017 2018
Number Number Percent

Total

299 332 100

Private industry

282 308 93

Goods producing

105 139 42

Natural resources and mining

13 18 5

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

13 17 5

Mining (2)

-- 1 0

Construction

75 101 30

Construction

75 101 30

Construction of buildings

7 7 2

Heavy and civil engineering construction

19 22 7

Specialty trade contractors

49 70 21

Manufacturing

17 20 6

Service providing

177 169 51

Trade, transportation, and utilities

67 67 20

Wholesale trade

3 13 4

Retail trade

16 17 5

Transportation and warehousing

46 35 11

Truck transportation

32 26 8

General freight trucking

14 19 6

Specialized freight trucking

18 7 2

Information

-- -- --

Financial activities

6 11 3

Professional and business services

58 53 16

Professional and technical services

6 4 1

Administrative and waste services

52 49 15

Administrative and support services

46 43 13

Employment services

1 3 1

Services to buildings and dwellings

38 37 11

Landscaping services

29 35 11

Educational and health services

7 12 4

Educational services

3 4 1

Health care and social assistance

4 8 2

Leisure and hospitality

27 15 5

Other services, except public administration

10 9 3

Government (3)

17 24 7

Federal government

-- 6 2

State government

3 4 1

Local government

14 14 4

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) 2017 2018
Number Number Percent

Total

299 332 100

Management occupations

13 6 2

Business and financial operations occupations

4 2 1

Architecture and engineering occupations

3 -- --

Education, training, and library occupations

-- 1 0

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations

3 3 1

Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations

-- 3 1

Healthcare support occupations

-- 4 1

Protective service occupations

20 17 5

Law enforcement workers

5 9 3

Police officers

5 7 2

Food preparation and serving related occupations

8 4 1

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations

39 40 12

Grounds maintenance workers

25 32 10

Landscaping and groundskeeping workers

15 20 6

Tree trimmers and pruners

9 12 4

Personal care and service occupations

4 4 1

Sales and related occupations

8 14 4

Office and administrative support occupations

4 4 1

Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations

7 12 4

Agricultural workers

6 9 3

Construction and extraction occupations

63 84 25

Supervisors of construction and extraction workers

4 15 5

Construction trades workers

56 62 19

Construction laborers

22 22 7

Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

34 38 11

Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers

7 14 4

Other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

20 22 7

Production occupations

7 10 3

Transportation and material moving occupations

76 76 23

Air transportation workers

3 5 2

Motor vehicle operators

54 58 17

Driver/sales workers and truck drivers

49 56 17

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

38 48 14

Light truck or delivery services drivers

9 8 2

Material moving workers

13 11 3

Military specific occupations (2)

-- 5 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: 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 characteristics 2017 2018
Number Number Percent

Total

299 332 100

Employee status

Wage and salary workers (1)

255 294 89

Self-employed (2)

44 38 11

Gender

Men

283 316 95

Women

16 16 5

Age (3)

18 to 19 years

-- 3 1

20 to 24 years

14 12 4

25 to 34 years

53 56 17

35 to 44 years

61 75 23

45 to 54 years

74 79 24

55 to 64 years

61 68 20

65 years and over

35 39 12

Race or ethnic origin (4)

White, non-Hispanic

168 178 54

Black or African-American, non-Hispanic

44 43 13

Hispanic or Latino

81 104 31

Asian, non-Hispanic

4 4 1

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