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15-154-SAN
Wednesday, February 18, 2015

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Fatal Work Injuries in California – 2013

Fatal work injuries totaled 385 in 2013 for California the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Richard J. Holden noted that while the 2013 count was preliminary, the number of work-related fatalities in California increased by 10 over the year. Fatal occupational injuries in the state have ranged from a high of 657 in 1993 to low of 326 in 2010. (See chart 1.)

Nationwide, a preliminary total of 4,405 fatal work injuries were recorded in 2013, down from a revised count of 4,628 fatalities in 2012, according to results from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) program. Final 2013 CFOI data will be released in the late spring of 2015.

Of the 385 fatal work injuries reported in California in 2013, 133 resulted from transportation incidents, accounting for 35 percent of all fatal work injuries. (See table 1.) No other major event category accounted for more than 20 percent of all fatal work injuries. Within transportation incidents, roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicles was the most frequent type of workplace fatality with 58 deaths. This category accounted for 15 percent of all on-the-job fatalities in the state. The second-largest event in transportation incidents, pedestrian vehicular incidents, accounted for 38 fatalities. (Note that transportation counts presented in this release are expected to rise when updated 2013 data are released in the late spring of 2015 because key source documentation detailing specific transportation-related incidents has not yet been received.)

In the United States, transportation incidents were also the most frequent fatal workplace event in 2013, accounting for 40 percent of fatal work injuries. California’s 35-percent share of fatalities due to this event was smaller than the nationwide share. (See chart 2.) Violence and other injuries by persons or animals was the second most frequent type of event nationally, with 17 percent of work-related fatalities; the share in California for this event was 20 percent. Contact with objects and equipment and falls, slips, and trips each accounted for 16 percent of the nation’s workplace fatalities. In California, these events accounted for 17 and 16 percent of the state’s fatal injuries, respectively.

Additional key characteristics:

  • The transportation and warehousing industry sector had the largest number of fatalities in the state with 65, up from 61 the previous year. (See table 2.) Transportation incidents accounted for 37 of the worker deaths, while 12 fatalities were due to contact with objects or equipment.
  • The construction industry had the second highest fatality count with 57, little changed over the year. Falls, slips, and trips accounted for 21 worker deaths in this sector.
  • Transportation and material moving occupations had the highest number of fatal work injuries with 108. (See table 3.) Sixty-one of these fatalities were heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers. Construction and extraction occupations had the next highest fatality count at 61, with construction trades workers with accounting for 45 of the fatalities.
  • Men accounted for 356, or 92 percent, of the work-related fatalities in the state. (See table 4.) Transportation incidents made up over one third of these fatalities.
  • In California, 49 percent of those who died from a workplace injury were Hispanic or Latino. Nationwide, this group accounted for 18 percent of work-related deaths.
  • Workers 25-54 years old—the prime working age group—accounted for 251, or 65 percent, of the state’s work-related fatalities in 2013. Nationally, workers in this group accounted for 60 percent of on-the-job fatalities.
  • Of the 385 persons that suffered fatal work injuries in California, 86 percent worked for wages and salaries; the remaining were self-employed. The most frequent fatal event for wage and salary workers was transportation incidents.

Technical Note

Background of the program. The Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, part of the BLS occupational safety and health statistics program, compiles a count of all fatal work injuries occurring in the United States during the calendar year. The program uses diverse state, federal, and independent data sources to identify, verify, and describe fatal work injuries. This assures counts are as complete and accurate as possible.

For technical information about the CFOI program, please go to the BLS Handbook of Methods on the BLS web site at www.bls.gov/opub/hom/homch9.htm.

Federal/State agency coverage. The Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries includes data for all fatal work injuries, whether the decedent was working in a job covered by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) or other federal or state agencies or was outside the scope of 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.

Acknowledgments. The Bureau of Labor Statistics appreciates the efforts of all federal, state, local, and private sector entities that submitted source documents used to identify fatal work injuries, in particular the California Department of Industrial Relations.

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, California, 2012-2013
Event or exposure(1)2012(2)2013(p)
NumberNumberPercent

Total

375385100

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals

807620

Intentional injury by person

716918

Intentional injury by other person

434111

Shooting by other person--intentional

32308

Stabbing, cutting, slashing, piercing

451

Hitting, kicking, beating, shoving

431

Self-inflicted injury--intentional

28287

Shooting--intentional self-harm

7133

Hanging, strangulation, asphyxiation--intentional self-harm

1482

Jumping from building or other structure--intentional self-harm

--31

Injury by person--unintentional or intent unknown

441

Self-inflicted injury--unintentional or intent unknown

431

Drug overdose--intent unknown

--31

Animal and insect related incidents

531

Transportation incidents

14213335

Aircraft incidents

14133

Other in-flight crash

10103

Other in-flight crash into structure, object, or ground

392

Pedestrian vehicular incident

323810

Pedestrian struck by vehicle in work zone

531

Pedestrian struck by forward-moving vehicle in work zone

331

Pedestrian struck by vehicle in roadway

692

Pedestrian struck by forward-moving vehicle in roadway

562

Pedestrian struck by vehicle on side of road

892

Pedestrian struck by forward-moving vehicle on side of road

572

Pedestrian struck by vehicle in nonroadway area

13164

Pedestrian struck by forward-moving vehicle in nonroadway area

772

Pedestrian struck by vehicle backing up in nonroadway area

662

Water vehicle incidents

341

Roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicle

725815

Roadway collision with other vehicle

36287

Roadway collision--moving in same direction

10103

Roadway collision--moving in opposite directions, oncoming

1231

Roadway collision--moving perpendicularly

772

Roadway collision--moving and standing vehicle in roadway

331

Roadway collision with object other than vehicle

21226

Vehicle struck object or animal on side of roadway

18205

Roadway noncollision incident

1582

Jack-knifed or overturned, roadway

1272

Nonroadway incident involving motorized land vehicles

14174

Nonroadway collision with object other than vehicle

572

Nonroadway noncollision incident

792

Jack-knifed or overturned, nonroadway

451

Fall or jump from and struck by same vehicle in normal operation, nonroadway

--31

Fires and Explosions

7103

Explosions

782

Falls, slips, trips

606316

Falls on same level

1572

Fall on same level due to tripping

--31

Falls to lower level

454913

Fall through surface or existing opening

672

Other fall to lower level

333910

Other fall to lower level less than 6 feet

392

Other fall to lower level 6 to 10 feet

641

Other fall to lower level 11 to 15 feet

5103

Other fall to lower level 16 to 20 feet

--51

Other fall to lower level more than 30 feet

431

Exposure to harmful substances or environments

233810

Exposure to electricity

5154

Direct exposure to electricity

--72

Direct exposure to electricity, 220 volts or less

--41

Direct exposure to electricity, greater than 220 volts

--31

Indirect exposure to electricity

--62

Indirect exposure to electricity, greater than 220 volts

--62

Exposure to temperature extremes

441

Exposure to environmental heat

431

Exposure to other harmful substances

10154

Nonmedical use of drugs or alcohol--unintentional overdose

5144

Exposure to oxygen deficiency, n.e.c.

441

Contact with objects and equipment

616417

Struck by object or equipment

434512

Struck by powered vehicle--nontransport

19174

Caught between rolling powered vehicle and other object

--62

Struck or run over by rolling powered vehicle

1051

Struck by swinging part of powered vehicle

--31

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

20256

Struck by object falling from vehicle or machinery--other than vehicle part

672

Struck by discharged or flying object

--31

Struck by dislodged flying object, particle

--31

Caught in or compressed by equipment or objects

8144

Caught in running equipment or machinery

4113

Caught in running equipment or machinery during maintenance, cleaning

--82

Caught in running equipment or machinery during regular operation

431

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

951

Footnotes:
(1) Based on the BLS Occupational Injury and Illness Classification System (OIICS) 2.01 implemented for 2011 data forward. Total may include other events not shown.
(2) Data for 2012 are revised and final
(p) Data are preliminary. Revised and final 2013 data are scheduled to be released in spring 2015.
 

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.
 

Table 2. Fatal occupational injuries by industry, California, 2012-2013
Industry(1)2012(2)2013(p)
NumberNumberPercent

Total

375385100

Private industry

33233888

Natural resources and mining

33339

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

29308

Crop production

10133

Vegetable and melon farming

--51

Fruit and tree nut farming

451

Noncitrus fruit and tree nut farming

441

Tree nut farming

--31

Animal production

531

Cattle ranching and farming

431

Forestry and logging

351

Logging

351

Logging

351

Support activities for agriculture and forestry

772

Support activities for crop production

651

Support activities for crop production

651

Farm labor contractors and crew leaders

441

Mining(3)

431

Construction

585715

Construction

585715

Construction of buildings

1282

Residential building construction

941

Residential building construction

941

Nonresidential building construction

341

Industrial building construction

331

Heavy and civil engineering construction

12103

Utility system construction

--72

Water and sewer line and related structures construction

--41

Specialty trade contractors

333710

Foundation, structure, and building exterior contractors

12123

Roofing contractors

372

Building equipment contractors

772

Electrical contractors

541

Building finishing contractors

772

Drywall and insulation contractors

--31

Painting and wall covering contractors

531

Other specialty trade contractors

792

Site preparation contractors

562

All other specialty trade contractors

--31

Manufacturing

28369

Manufacturing

28369

Food manufacturing

562

Beverage and tobacco product manufacturing

--62

Beverage manufacturing

--62

Wood product manufacturing

--31

Nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing

531

Cement and concrete product manufacturing

431

Fabricated metal product manufacturing

662

Coating, engraving, heat treating, and allied activities

--31

Trade, transportation, and utilities

10411430

Utilities

--31

Wholesale trade

18226

Merchant wholesalers, durable goods

11103

Lumber and other construction materials merchant wholesalers

--31

Brick, stone, and related construction material merchant wholesalers

--31

Merchant wholesalers, nondurable goods

7123

Grocery and related product wholesalers

--41

Miscellaneous nondurable goods merchant wholesalers

451

Farm supplies merchant wholesalers

--51

Retail trade

24246

Motor vehicle and parts dealers

331

Food and beverage stores

851

Grocery stores

751

Gasoline stations

--41

Gasoline stations

--41

Gasoline stations with convenience stores

--31

Transportation and warehousing

616517

Truck transportation

394311

General freight trucking

29339

General freight trucking, local

8113

General freight trucking, long-distance

19133

General freight trucking, long-distance, truckload

14103

Specialized freight trucking

992

Specialized freight (except used goods) trucking, local

541

Specialized freight (except used goods) trucking, long-distance

431

Support activities for transportation

1082

Support activities for water transportation

--41

Marine cargo handling

--31

Warehousing and storage

372

Warehousing and storage

372

General warehousing and storage

--62

Information

741

Information

741

Financial activities

441

Real estate and rental and leasing

--31

Professional and business services

354812

Professional and technical services

751

Professional, scientific, and technical services

751

Architectural, engineering, and related services

641

Administrative and waste services

--4311

Administrative and support services

213710

Investigation and security services

--72

Investigation, guard, and armored car services

--72

Security guards and patrol services

--72

Services to buildings and dwellings

17287

Landscaping services

11256

Waste management and remediation services

762

Waste collection

531

Waste collection

531

Solid waste collection

--31

Educational and health services

18133

Educational services

541

Educational services

541

Elementary and secondary schools

321

Health care and social assistance

1392

Ambulatory health care services

631

Leisure and hospitality

25185

Arts, entertainment, and recreation

1472

Performing arts, spectator sports, and related industries

631

Museums, historical sites, and similar institutions

--21

Museums, historical sites, and similar institutions

--21

Amusement, gambling, and recreation industries

631

Accommodation and food services

11113

Accommodation

331

Food services and drinking places

882

Other services, except public administration

20113

Other services, except public administration

20113

Repair and maintenance

1272

Commercial machinery repair and maintenance

--31

Commercial machinery repair and maintenance

--31

Government(4)

434712

Federal government

22185

State government

472

Local government

16226

Footnotes:
(1) Industry data are based on the North American Industry Classification System, 2007. Total may include other industries not shown.
(2) Data for 2012 are revised and final
(3) Includes fatal injuries at all establishments categorized as Mining (Sector 21) in the North American Industry Classification System, including establishments not governed by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) rules and reporting, such as those in Oil and Gas Extraction.
(4) Includes fatal injuries to workers employed by governmental organizations regardless of industry.
(p) Data are preliminary. Revised and final 2013 data are scheduled to be released in spring 2015.

 

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.
 

Table 3. Fatal occupational injuries by occupation, California, 2012-2013
Occupation(1)2012(2)2013(p)
NumberNumberPercent

Total

375385100

Management occupations

18144

Top executives

--31

Other management occupations

1282

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

--31

Architecture and engineering occupations

1141

Engineers

931

Education, training, and library occupations

351

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations

551

Media and communication equipment workers

--31

Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations

431

Protective service occupations

16256

Fire fighting and prevention workers

--31

Firefighters

--31

Law enforcement workers

8103

Police officers

692

Police and sheriff's patrol officers

692

Other protective service workers

6103

Security guards and gaming surveillance officers

3103

Security guards

3103

Food preparation and serving related occupations

551

Cooks and food preparation workers

331

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations

18369

Supervisors of building and grounds cleaning and maintenance workers

--62

First-line supervisors of building and grounds cleaning and maintenance workers

--62

First-line supervisors of landscaping, lawn service, and groundskeeping workers

--62

Building cleaning and pest control workers

662

Building cleaning workers

562

Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners

451

Grounds maintenance workers

11246

Grounds maintenance workers

11246

Landscaping and groundskeeping workers

4154

Tree trimmers and pruners

792

Personal care and service occupations

851

Other personal care and service workers

531

Sales and related occupations

25246

Supervisors of sales workers

1172

First-line supervisors of sales workers

1172

First-line supervisors of retail sales workers

1051

Retail sales workers

8123

Cashiers

362

Retail salespersons

462

Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing

--31

Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing

--31

Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations

24256

Agricultural workers

18195

Miscellaneous agricultural workers

18185

Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse

11154

Forest, conservation, and logging workers

--31

Logging workers

--31

Construction and extraction occupations

546116

Supervisors of construction and extraction workers

4113

First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

--113

Construction trades workers

454512

Construction laborers

17267

Electricians

441

Painters and paperhangers

741

Painters, construction and maintenance

741

Roofers

--41

Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

25267

Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers

1062

Automotive technicians and repairers

331

Automotive service technicians and mechanics

--31

Other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

13185

Industrial machinery installation, repair, and maintenance workers

--31

Line installers and repairers

--41

Maintenance and repair workers, general

572

Production occupations

16215

Supervisors of production workers

--41

First-line supervisors of production and operating workers

--41

Metal workers and plastic workers

682

Welding, soldering, and brazing workers

551

Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers

551

Other production occupations

572

Transportation and material moving occupations

10310828

Supervisors, transportation and material moving workers

--41

First-line supervisors of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators

--31

Air transportation workers

641

Aircraft pilots and flight engineers

641

Commercial pilots

341

Motor vehicle operators

717018

Bus drivers

--31

Driver/sales workers and truck drivers

656417

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

546116

Light truck or delivery services drivers

531

Water transportation workers

331

Sailors and marine oilers

331

Material moving workers

22246

Industrial truck and tractor operators

--31

Laborers and material movers, hand

17185

Cleaners of vehicles and equipment

431

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

12144

Military occupations(3)

13144

Footnotes:
(1) Occupation data are based on the Standard Occupational Classification system, 2010. Total may include occupations not shown.
(2) Data for 2012 are revised and final
(3) Includes fatal injuries to persons identified as resident armed forces regardless of individual occupation listed.
(p) Data are preliminary. Revised and final 2013 data are scheduled to be released in spring 2015.

 

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.
 

Table 4. Fatal occupational injuries by worker characteristics, California, 2012-2013
Worker characteristics2012(1)2013(p)
NumberNumberPercent

Total

375385100
 

Employee status

 

Wage and salary(2)

30233186

Self-employed(3)

735414
 

Gender

 

Men

34735692

Women

28298
 

Age(4)

 

18 to 19 years

--72

20 to 24 years

29205

25 to 34 years

656818

35 to 44 years

628923

45 to 54 years

1069424

55 to 64 years

687219

65 years and over

43359
 

Race or ethnic origin(5)

 

White, non-Hispanic

18015841

Black or African-American, non-Hispanic

20174

Hispanic or Latino

13718849

Asian, non-Hispanic

34195

Footnotes:
(1) Data for 2012 are revised and final
(2) May include volunteers and workers receiving other types of compensation.
(3) 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.
(4) Information may not be available for all age groups.
(5) Persons identified as Hispanic or Latino may be of any race. The race categories shown exclude Hispanic and Latino workers.
(p) Data are preliminary. Revised and final 2013 data are scheduled to be released in spring 2015.

 

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.
 

 

Last Modified Date: Wednesday, February 18, 2015