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15-237-SAN
Wednesday, February 18, 2015

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Fatal Work Injuries in the Los Angeles Area – 2013

Fatal work injuries totaled 102 in 2013 for the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, Calif. Metropolitan Statistical Area, 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 the Los Angeles area increased by 7 over the year. Fatal occupational injuries in the area have ranged from a high of 149 in 2006 to low of 84 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 102 fatal work injuries reported in the Los Angeles area in 2013, 28 resulted from transportation incidents, 24 from falls, slips, and trips, and 22 from violence and other injuries by persons or animals; together these three major categories accounted for nearly three-quarters of all fatal work injuries. (See table 1.) Other major event categories each reported 15 or fewer deaths. Within transportation incidents, roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicles was the most frequent type of workplace fatality with 14 deaths. This category accounted for 14 percent of all on-the-job fatalities in the state. The second-largest event in transportation incidents, pedestrian vehicular incidents, accounted for 10 fatalities. In the falls, slips, and trips category, 20 deaths occurred from falling to a lower level, and in the violence and other injuries by persons or animals category, all 22 deaths occurred from intentional injury by a person. (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. The Los Angeles area’s 27-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 Los Angeles for this event was 22 percent. Contact with objects and equipment and falls, slips, and trips each accounted for 16 percent of the nation’s workplace fatalities. In Los Angeles, these events accounted for 15 and 24 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 area with 19, compared with 16 in the previous year. (See table 2.) Transportation incidents accounted for 10 of the worker deaths, while 4 fatalities were due to contact with objects or equipment.
  • The construction industry had the second highest fatality count with 18, up from 13 the previous year. Falls, slips, and trips accounted for nine worker deaths in this sector.
  • Transportation and material moving occupations had the highest number of fatal work injuries with 24. (See table 3.) More than half of these fatalities were heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers (13). Workers in construction and extraction occupations had the next highest fatality count at 18.
  • Men accounted for 98, or 96 percent, of the work-related fatalities in the area. (See table 4.) Transportation incidents made up over one-fourth of these fatalities.
  • In the Los Angeles area, 61 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 75, or 74 percent, of the area’s work-related fatalities in 2013. Nationally, workers in this group accounted for 60 percent of on-the-job fatalities.
  • Of the 102 persons that suffered fatal work injuries in the Los Angeles area, 84 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.

Area definitions. The substate area data published in this release reflect the standards and definitions established by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, dated December 2009. A detailed list of the geographic definitions is available at https://www.bls.gov/lau/lausmsa.htm.

The Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, Calif. Metropolitan Statistical Area is composed of Los Angeles and Orange Counties in California.

Table 1. Fatal occupational injuries by event or exposure, Los Angeles Area, 2012-2013
Event or exposure(1)2012(2)2013(p)
NumberNumberPercent

Total

95102100

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals

192222

Intentional injury by person

162222

Intentional injury by other person

141515

Shooting by other person--intentional

81212

Self-inflicted injury--intentional

--77

Transportation incidents

322827

Pedestrian vehicular incident

141010

Pedestrian struck by vehicle in roadway

--33

Pedestrian struck by vehicle on side of road

344

Pedestrian struck by forward-moving vehicle on side of road

--44

Pedestrian struck by vehicle in nonroadway area

733

Roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicle

151414

Roadway collision with other vehicle

688

Roadway collision--moving perpendicularly

--33

Roadway collision with object other than vehicle

666

Vehicle struck object or animal on side of roadway

666

Falls, slips, trips

222424

Falls on same level

533

Falls to lower level

172020

Other fall to lower level

131818

Other fall to lower level less than 6 feet

--33

Other fall to lower level 11 to 15 feet

--66

Exposure to harmful substances or environments

71212

Exposure to electricity

388

Direct exposure to electricity

--33

Indirect exposure to electricity

--33

Indirect exposure to electricity, greater than 220 volts

--33

Contact with objects and equipment

121515

Struck by object or equipment

71010

Struck by powered vehicle--nontransport

333

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

366

Caught in or compressed by equipment or objects

--33

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, Los Angeles Area, 2012-2013
Industry(1)2012(2)2013(p)
NumberNumberPercent

Total

95102100

Private industry

899391

Construction

131818

Construction

131818

Construction of buildings

--44

Specialty trade contractors

81111

Foundation, structure, and building exterior contractors

--44

Building equipment contractors

344

Manufacturing

61010

Manufacturing

61010

Beverage and tobacco product manufacturing

--11

Beverage manufacturing

--11

Fabricated metal product manufacturing

--44

Coating, engraving, heat treating, and allied activities

--33

Trade, transportation, and utilities

323231

Wholesale trade

955

Merchant wholesalers, durable goods

533

Retail trade

788

Food and beverage stores

--33

Grocery stores

--33

Transportation and warehousing

161919

Truck transportation

81111

General freight trucking

51010

General freight trucking, local

--33

General freight trucking, long-distance

355

General freight trucking, long-distance, truckload

355

Support activities for transportation

344

Professional and business services

131616

Administrative and waste services

--1414

Administrative and support services

101212

Services to buildings and dwellings

91010

Landscaping services

799

Educational and health services

577

Educational services

--44

Educational services

--44

Health care and social assistance

433

Other services, except public administration

455

Other services, except public administration

455

Repair and maintenance

333

Government(3)

699

Local government

455

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 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

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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, Los Angeles Area, 2012-2013
Occupation(1)2012(2)2013(p)
NumberNumberPercent

Total

95102100

Education, training, and library occupations

344

Protective service occupations

377

Law enforcement workers

--44

Police officers

--44

Police and sheriff's patrol officers

--44

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations

91212

Grounds maintenance workers

799

Grounds maintenance workers

799

Landscaping and groundskeeping workers

355

Tree trimmers and pruners

444

Sales and related occupations

1088

Supervisors of sales workers

455

First-line supervisors of sales workers

455

First-line supervisors of retail sales workers

333

Retail sales workers

333

Construction and extraction occupations

131818

Construction trades workers

111616

Construction laborers

41111

Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

388

Other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

--77

Production occupations

499

Metal workers and plastic workers

--55

Welding, soldering, and brazing workers

--33

Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers

--33

Transportation and material moving occupations

282424

Motor vehicle operators

201515

Driver/sales workers and truck drivers

171414

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

151313

Material moving workers

677

Laborers and material movers, hand

666

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

455

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
(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, Los Angeles Area, 2012-2013
Worker characteristics2012(1)2013(p)
NumberNumberPercent

Total

95102100
 

Employee status

 

Wage and salary(2)

808684

Self-employed(3)

151616
 

Gender

 

Men

889896

Women

744
 

Age(4)

 

25 to 34 years

121717

35 to 44 years

152827

45 to 54 years

303029

55 to 64 years

191919

65 years and over

1366
 

Race or ethnic origin(5)

 

White, non-Hispanic

422928

Black or African-American, non-Hispanic

655

Hispanic or Latino

406261

Asian, non-Hispanic

666

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