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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.

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Table 1. Fatal occupational injuries by event or exposure, North Carolina, 2016–17
Event or exposure (1) 2016 2017
Number Number Percent

Total

174 183 100

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals

35 27 15

Intentional injury by person

33 27 15

Homicides (Intentional injury by other person)

25 21 11

Suicides (Self-inflicted injury--intentional)

8 6 3

Transportation incidents

68 73 40

Pedestrian vehicular incident

14 7 4

Roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicle

37 49 27

Roadway collision with other vehicle

13 28 15

Roadway collision with object other than vehicle

15 18 10

Roadway noncollision incident

9 3 2

Nonroadway incident involving motorized land vehicles

10 12 7

Nonroadway noncollision incident

9 11 6

Jack-knifed or overturned, nonroadway

5 9 5

Fires and explosions

3 6 3

Fires

1 1 1

Explosions

-- 5 3

Falls, slips, trips

26 28 15

Falls on same level

-- 6 3

Falls to lower level

23 22 12

Other fall to lower level

17 18 10

Exposure to harmful substances or environments

20 23 13

Exposure to electricity

3 6 3

Exposure to other harmful substances

8 14 8

Nonmedical use of drugs or alcohol--unintentional overdose

7 13 7

Exposure to oxygen deficiency, n.e.c.

4 1 1

Drowning, submersion, n.e.c.

4 1 1

Contact with objects and equipment

21 26 14

Struck by object or equipment

18 18 10

Struck by powered vehicle--nontransport

8 6 3

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

9 11 6

Caught in or compressed by equipment or objects

-- 5 3

Caught in running equipment or machinery

-- 4 2

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) 2016 2017
Number Number Percent

Total

174 183 100

Private industry

155 163 89

Natural resources and mining

17 22 12

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

16 22 12

Crop production

6 12 7

Forestry and logging

3 7 4

Construction

30 36 20

Construction

30 36 20

Construction of buildings

4 4 2

Heavy and civil engineering construction

3 5 3

Specialty trade contractors

22 27 15

Manufacturing

11 11 6

Trade, transportation, and utilities

42 42 23

Wholesale trade

6 3 2

Retail trade

11 12 7

Transportation and warehousing

25 27 15

Truck transportation

17 16 9

General freight trucking

13 9 5

Information

1 -- --

Financial activities

3 3 2

Professional and business services

22 24 13

Administrative and waste services

22 24 13

Administrative and support services

19 21 11

Services to buildings and dwellings

11 17 9

Educational and health services

4 6 3

Leisure and hospitality

9 12 7

Arts, entertainment, and recreation

4 5 3

Accommodation and food services

5 7 4

Food services and drinking places

5 7 4

Other services, except public administration

16 6 3

Government (2)

19 20 11

Federal government

8 12 7

State government

-- 5 3

Local government

10 3 2

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) 2016 2017
Number Number Percent

Total

174 183 100

Management occupations

5 16 9

Other management occupations

4 14 8

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

-- 8 4

Food service managers

-- 3 2

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

1 1 1

Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations

-- 2 1

Healthcare support occupations

1 -- --

Protective service occupations

10 10 5

Fire fighting and prevention workers

2 1 1

Law enforcement workers

4 4 2

Other protective service workers

4 4 2

Food preparation and serving related occupations

6 3 2

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations

11 17 9

Supervisors of building and grounds cleaning and maintenance workers

-- 4 2

Grounds maintenance workers

11 13 7

Personal care and service occupations

3 -- --

Sales and related occupations

12 9 5

Supervisors of sales workers

6 5 3

Retail sales workers

4 3 2

Office and administrative support occupations

-- 7 4

Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers

-- 5 3

Postal service workers

-- 3 2

Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations

11 10 5

Agricultural workers

6 3 2

Forest, conservation, and logging workers

-- 5 3

Construction and extraction occupations

30 29 16

Supervisors of construction and extraction workers

2 5 3

Construction trades workers

27 24 13

Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

25 12 7

Supervisors of installation, maintenance, and repair workers

3 3 2

Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers

12 3 2

Other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

9 5 3

Production occupations

4 6 3

Transportation and material moving occupations

44 48 26

Air transportation workers

2 2 1

Motor vehicle operators

37 40 22

Driver/sales workers and truck drivers

31 36 20

Driver/sales workers

2 1 1

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

25 27 15

Light truck or delivery services drivers

4 8 4

Taxi drivers and chauffeurs

4 2 1

Water transportation workers

-- 1 1

Material moving workers

5 5 3

Military specific occupations (2)

6 9 5

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 characteristics 2016 2017
Number Number Percent

Total

174 183 100

Employee status

Wage and salary workers (1)

151 145 79

Self-employed (2)

23 38 21

Gender

Men

156 174 95

Women

18 9 5

Age (3)

20 to 24 years

19 18 10

25 to 34 years

23 27 15

35 to 44 years

36 45 25

45 to 54 years

41 33 18

55 to 64 years

35 29 16

65 years and over

18 31 17

Race or ethnic origin (4)

White, non-Hispanic

110 119 65

Black or African-American, non-Hispanic

38 36 20

Hispanic or Latino

19 20 11

American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic

-- 6 3

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