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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

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Fatal Work Injuries in Nevada – 2015

Fatal work injuries totaled 44 in 2015 for Nevada, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Assistant Commissioner for Regional Operations Richard Holden noted that the number of work-related fatalities in Nevada was higher than the 40 fatalities in the previous year. Fatal occupational injuries in the state have ranged from a high of 71 in 2007 to a low of 24 in 2009. (See chart 1.)

Nationwide, a total of 4,836 fatal work injuries were recorded in 2015, a slight increase from the 4,821 fatal injuries in 2014, according to the results from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) program.

Type of incident

In Nevada, transportation incidents resulted in 21 fatal work injuries, accounting for 48 percent of all workplace fatalities in the state. (See table 1.) The number of worker deaths from transportation incidents rose by 11 over the year.

Falls, slips, or trips was the second-most frequent fatal work event with seven fatalities, followed by exposure to harmful substances or elements and contact with objects and equipment with six fatalites each. Work-related deaths in these three major categories were little changed from 2014.

Nationally, transportation incidents were the most frequent fatal workplace event in 2015, accounting for approximately 42 percent of fatal work injuries. (See chart 2.) Falls, slips, or trips was the second-most frequent type of event (17 percent), followed by contact with objects and equipment (15 percent).

Industry

The private construction industry sector had the largest number of fatalities in Nevada with nine compared to six in the previous year. (See table 2.) Falls, slips, or trips and contact with objects and equipment each accounted for three worker deaths in 2015. Two-thirds of those fatally injured in this sector worked in specialty trade contracting.

The private transportation and warehousing sector had seven workplace fatalities, up four from the previous year. Truck transportation accounted for 3 of the 7 fatal injuries in this industry.

Occupation

Transportation and material moving occupations and construction and extraction occupations had the highest number of workplace fatalities with 12 and 11, respectively. (See table 3.) The majority of the fatalities within the transportation and material moving group were heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers (7). Construction laborers accounted for 4 of the 11 fatalities among construction and extraction workers.

Additional highlights:

  • Men accounted for 95 percent of the work-related fatalities in Nevada, similar to the 93-percent national share. (See table 4.) Transportation incidents made up 48 percent of the fatalities for men in Nevada.
  • White non-Hispanics accounted for 59 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 2015, matching the national share.
  • Of the 44 fatally-injured workers in Nevada, 75 percent worked for wages and salaries; the remainder were self-employed. The most frequent fatal event for both groups of workers was transportation incidents.

Change in the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) News Release Schedule

Beginning with the 2015 reference year, CFOI will publish a single, annual release with no revisions.  A similar schedule will be followed in subsequent years. Preliminary releases, which normally appeared in August or September in past years, will no longer be produced.


Technical Note

Background of the program. The Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), part of the 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 2015 data, over 21,400 unique source documents were reviewed as part of the data collection process. For technical information and definitions for CFOI, 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. BLS thanks the Nevada 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.

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, Nevada, 2014–15
Event or exposure (1)20142015
NumberNumberPercent

Total

4044100

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals

1049

Intentional injury by person

949

Transportation incidents

102148

Aircraft incidents

212

Other in-flight crash

212

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

112

Pedestrian vehicular incident

449

Roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicle

--1125

Roadway collision with other vehicle

--511

Roadway collision--moving in opposite directions, oncoming

--37

Roadway collision with object other than vehicle

137

Vehicle struck object or animal on side of roadway

137

Roadway noncollision incident

--37

Jack-knifed or overturned, roadway

--37

Nonroadway incident involving motorized land vehicles

--49

Nonroadway collision with other vehicle

--12

Nonroadway collision with object other than vehicle

--12

Falls, slips, trips

6716

Falls to lower level

537

Exposure to harmful substances or environments

6614

Exposure to other harmful substances

649

Nonmedical use of drugs or alcohol--unintentional overdose

349

Contact with objects and equipment

7614

Struck by object or equipment

437

Caught in or compressed by equipment or objects

312

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, Nevada, 2014–15
Industry (1)20142015
NumberNumberPercent

Total

4044100

Private industry

344091

Natural resources and mining

2614

Mining (2)

249

Support activities for mining

--12

Support activities for mining

--12

Support activities for mining

--12

Support activities for metal mining

--12

Construction

6920

Construction

6920

Specialty trade contractors

--614

Building equipment contractors

--37

Other specialty trade contractors

--37

Trade, transportation, and utilities

7716

Transportation and warehousing

3716

Truck transportation

--37

Taxi service

112

Professional and business services

3716

Administrative and waste services

3716

Administrative and support services

3716

Travel arrangement and reservation services

--12

Tour operators

--12

Investigation and security services

--37

Services to buildings and dwellings

--37

Educational and health services

--37

Educational services

--25

Educational services

--25

Other schools and instruction

--25

Sports and recreation instruction

--12

All other schools and instruction

--12

Automobile driving schools

--12

Health care and social assistance

--12

Nursing and residential care facilities

--12

Residential intellectual and developmental disability, mental health, and substance abuse facilities

--12

Residential mental health and substance abuse facilities

--12

Leisure and hospitality

649

Government (3)

649

State government

--12

Local government

412

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, Nevada, 2014–15
Occupation (1)20142015
NumberNumberPercent

Total

4044100

Community and social services occupations

--12

Counselors, social workers, and other community and social service specialists

--12

Counselors

--12

Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors

--12

Protective service occupations

437

Law enforcement workers

--12

Police officers

--12

Police and sheriff's patrol officers

--12

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations

--49

Office and administrative support occupations

--12

Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers

--12

Postal service workers

--12

Postal service mail carriers

--12

Construction and extraction occupations

51125

Construction trades workers

3614

Construction laborers

349

Construction laborers

349

Highway maintenance workers

--12

Highway maintenance workers

--12

Extraction workers

125

Mining machine operators

125

Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

549

Other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

537

Transportation and material moving occupations

71227

Motor vehicle operators

51125

Driver/sales workers and truck drivers

4818

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

4716

Taxi drivers and chauffeurs

137

Taxi drivers and chauffeurs

137

Footnotes:
(1) Occupation data are based on the Standard Occupational Classification system, 2010.
 

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 worker characteristics, Nevada, 2014–15
Worker characteristics20142015
NumberNumberPercent

Total

4044100

Employee status

 

Wage and salary workers (1)

343375

Self-employed (2)

61125

Gender

 

Men

374295

Age (3)

 

20 to 24 years

--12

25 to 34 years

81023

35 to 44 years

6716

45 to 54 years

10818

55 to 64 years

121534

65 years and over

437

Race or ethnic origin (4)

 

White, non-Hispanic

262659

Hispanic or Latino

81330

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, April 18, 2017