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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

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Fatal Work Injuries in Washington – 2014

Fatal work injuries totaled 86 in 2014 for Washington, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Richard J. Holden noted that while the 2014 count was preliminary, the number of work-related fatalities in Washington increased by 30 over the year. Fatal occupational injuries in the state have ranged from a high of 128 in 1996 to a low of 56 in 2013. (See chart 1.)

Nationwide, a preliminary total of 4,679 fatal work injuries were recorded in 2014, down from a revised count of 4,585 fatalities in 2013, according to results from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) program. Final 2014 CFOI data will be released in the late spring of 2016.

Of the 86 fatal work injuries reported in Washington in 2014, 23 resulted from transportation incidents and 21 from contact with objects and equipment. Together these two major categories accounted for over half of all fatal work injuries reported in the state. (See table 1.) Other major event categories each reported 16 or fewer deaths. Within transportation incidents, roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicles was the most frequent type of workplace fatality with 9 deaths. This category accounted for 10 percent of all on-the-job fatalities in the state. In the contact with objects and equipment category, 14 of the 21 deaths occurred as a result of being struck by an object or equipment. (Note that transportation counts presented in this release are expected to rise when updated 2014 data are released in the late spring of 2016 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 2014, accounting for 40 percent of fatal work injuries. In Washington, transportation incidents accounted for 27 percent of the state’s share of fatalities. (See chart 2.) Falls, slips, or trips was the second most frequent type of event nationally, with 17 percent of work-related fatalities; the share in Washington was 18 percent. Contact with objects or equipment and violence and other injury by persons or animals each accounted for 15 and 16 percent of the nation’s workplace fatalities, while in the state, these events were responsible for 24 and 17 percent of workplace fatalities, respectively.  

Additional highlights:

  • The agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting industry had the largest number of fatalities in the state with 19, compared to 10 the previous year. Contact with objects and equipment incidents accounted for 11 fatal work injuries in this industry (See table 2.)
  • Construction had the second highest fatality count with 17, followed by transportation and warehousing with 10 worker deaths. Falls, slips, or trips accounted for the largest number deaths in each of these industries.
  • Transportation and material moving occupations had the highest number of fatal work injuries with 18. Motor vehicle operators workers suffered 11 of these 18 deaths. (See table 3.)
  • Men accounted for 81, or 94 percent, of the work-related fatalities in the state. (See table 4.) Transportation incidents made up 28 percent of these fatalities.
  • In Washington, 81 percent of those who died from a workplace injury were white non-Hispanics. Nationwide, this group accounted for 68 percent of work-related deaths.
  • Workers 25-54 years old—the prime working age group—accounted for 46, or 53 percent of the state’s work-related fatalities in 2014. Nationally, workers in this group accounted for 58 percent of on-the-job fatalities.
  • Of the 86 fatal work injuries in Washington, 86 percent worked for wages and salaries; the remainder were self-employed. The most frequent fatal events for wage and salary workers were transportation incidents and contact with objects and equipment. For the self-employed, transportation incidents and violence and other injuries by persons or animals were the most frequent fatal events.

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/pdf/homch9.pdf.

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.

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, Washington, 2013–14
Event or exposure (1)2013 (2)2014 (p)
NumberNumberPercent

Total

5686100

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals

81517

Intentional injury by person

61315

Homicides (Intentional injury by other person)

--89

Shooting by other person--intentional

--56

Suicides (Self-inflicted injury--intentional)

456

Hanging, strangulation, asphyxiation--intentional self-harm

--33

Transportation incidents

232327

Pedestrian vehicular incident

356

Roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicle

11910

Roadway collision with object other than vehicle

--33

Vehicle struck object or animal on side of roadway

--33

Roadway noncollision incident

--33

Nonroadway incident involving motorized land vehicles

456

Nonroadway noncollision incident

433

Jack-knifed or overturned, nonroadway

333

Falls, slips, trips

101619

Falls to lower level

61416

Other fall to lower level

61315

Other fall to lower level more than 30 feet

--56

Exposure to harmful substances or environments

3910

Exposure to other harmful substances

--56

Nonmedical use of drugs or alcohol--unintentional overdose

--56

Contact with objects and equipment

112124

Struck by object or equipment

71416

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

389

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.
(2) Totals for 2013 are revised and final.
(p) Data for 2014 are preliminary. Revised and final 2014 data are scheduled to be released in spring 2016.
 

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 guidelines.
 

Table 2. Fatal occupational injuries by industry, Washington, 2013–14
Industry (1)2013 (2)2014 (p)
NumberNumberPercent

Total

5686100

Private industry

468194

Natural resources and mining

111922

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

101922

Crop production

445

Animal production and aquaculture

--22

Forestry and logging

3910

Support activities for agriculture and forestry

--33

Construction

71720

Construction

71720

Construction of buildings

--33

Specialty trade contractors

41214

Manufacturing

333

Manufacturing

333

Trade, transportation, and utilities

132226

Retail trade

--910

Transportation and warehousing

111012

Truck transportation

767

Financial activities

--33

Professional and business services

589

Administrative and waste services

489

Administrative and support services

489

Educational and health services

--33

Health care and social assistance

--33

Leisure and hospitality

145

Arts, entertainment, and recreation

--33

Museums, historical sites, and similar institutions

--11

Amusement, gambling, and recreation industries

--33

Government (3)

1056

Local government

333

Footnotes:
(1) Industry data for 2013 are based on the North American Industry Classification System, 2007. Industry data for 2014 are based on the North American Industry Classification System, 2012.
(2) Totals for 2013 are revised and final.
(p) Data for 2014 are preliminary. Revised and final 2014 data are scheduled to be released in spring 2016.
(3) Includes fatal injuries to workers employed by governmental organizations regardless of industry.
 

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 3. Fatal occupational injuries by occupation, Washington, 2013–14
Occupation (1)2013 (2)2014 (p)
NumberNumberPercent

Total

5686100

Management occupations

667

Other management occupations

556

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

--33

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

--33

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations

--11

Media and communication equipment workers

--11

Television, video, and motion picture camera operators and editors

--11

Camera operators, television, video, and motion picture

--11

Protective service occupations

--33

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations

367

Grounds maintenance workers

--45

Grounds maintenance workers

--45

Personal care and service occupations

--45

Sales and related occupations

--56

Retail sales workers

--33

Retail salespersons

--33

Retail salespersons

--33

Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations

81315

Forest, conservation, and logging workers

489

Logging workers

389

Fallers

333

Construction and extraction occupations

61416

Supervisors of construction and extraction workers

333

First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

333

First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

333

Construction trades workers

31113

Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

889

Other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

478

Miscellaneous installation, maintenance, and repair workers

--11

Commercial divers

--11

Transportation and material moving occupations

91821

Motor vehicle operators

81113

Driver/sales workers and truck drivers

61113

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

61012

Material moving workers

--45

Laborers and material movers, hand

--33

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

--33

Footnotes:
(1) Occupation data are based on the Standard Occupational Classification system, 2010.
(2) Totals for 2013 are revised and final.
(p) Data for 2014 are preliminary. Revised and final 2014 data are scheduled to be released in spring 2016.
 

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 worker characteristics, Washington, 2013–14
Worker characteristics2013 (1)2014 (p)
NumberNumberPercent

Total

5686100

Employee status

 

Wage and salary (2)

417486

Self-employed (3)

151214

Gender

 

Men

518194

Women

556

Age (4)

 

18 to 19 years

--33

20 to 24 years

--45

25 to 34 years

101517

35 to 44 years

111214

45 to 54 years

161922

55 to 64 years

92226

65 years and over

91113

Race or ethnic origin (5)

 

White, non-Hispanic

487081

Hispanic or Latino

478

Asian, non-Hispanic

--56

Footnotes:
(1) Totals for 2013 are revised and final.
(p) Data for 2014 are preliminary. Revised and final 2014 data are scheduled to be released in spring 2016.
(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.
 

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.
 

 

Last Modified Date: Wednesday, January 27, 2016