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Thursday, April 05, 2018

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Fatal Work Injuries in Washington – 2016

Fatal work injuries totaled 78 in 2016 for Washington, 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 Washington was higher than the 70 fatalities in the previous 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 total of 5,190 fatal work injuries were recorded in 2016, a 7-percent increase from the 4,836 fatal injuries in 2015, according to the results from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) program. This was the third consecutive increase in annual workplace fatalities and the first time more than 5,000 fatalities have been recorded since 2008.

Type of incident

In Washington, transportation incidents resulted in 27 fatal work injuries and falls, slips, and trips accounted for 24 fatalities. These two major categories accounted for 65 percent of all workplace fatalities in the state. (See table 1.) The number of worker deaths from transportation incidents fell by two over the year, while fatalities from falls, slips, and trips rose by three.

Nationally, transportation incidents were the most frequent fatal workplace event in 2016, accounting for 40 percent of fatal work injuries. (See chart 2.) Violence and other injuries by persons or animals was the second-most common fatal event (17 percent), followed by falls, slips, or trips (16 percent).

Industry

The private agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting industry sector had the highest number of fatalities in Washington with 15, compared to 16 in the previous year. (See table 2.) Transportation incidents were the most frequent fatal event in the sector with 8 worker deaths. Five of those fatally injured in this sector worked in logging.

The private construction sector had 14 workplace fatalities in 2016. Specialty trade contractors accounted for half of the fatalities in this industry.

Occupation

Transportation and material moving occupations had the highest number of workplace fatalities with 18. (See table 3.) Eleven of these fatalities were heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers.

Additional highlights:

  • Men accounted for 90 percent of the work-related fatalities in Washington, compared to the 93-percent national share. (See table 4.) Transportation incidents made up 39 percent of the fatalities for men in Washington.
  • White non-Hispanics accounted for 77 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 64 percent of the state’s work-related fatalities in 2016, compared to 57 percent nationwide.
  • Of the 78 fatally-injured workers in Washington, 76 percent worked for wages and salaries; the remainder 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 (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 2016 national data, over 23,300 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 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.

Acknowledgments. BLS 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, Washington, 2015–16
Event or exposure (1)20152016
NumberNumberPercent

Total

7078100

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals

71317

Intentional injury by person

61317

Homicides (Intentional injury by other person)

5912

Shooting by other person--intentional

579

Suicides (Self-inflicted injury--intentional)

--45

Hanging, strangulation, asphyxiation--intentional self-harm

--34

Transportation incidents

292735

Pedestrian vehicular incident

645

Pedestrian struck by vehicle in nonroadway area

334

Water vehicle incidents

134

Capsized or sinking water vehicle

111

Machinery or equipment incident on water vehicle

--11

Fall on water vehicle

--11

Roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicle

121519

Roadway collision with object other than vehicle

5810

Vehicle struck object or animal on side of roadway

579

Roadway noncollision incident

556

Jack-knifed or overturned, roadway

--56

Nonroadway incident involving motorized land vehicles

545

Nonroadway noncollision incident

434

Jack-knifed or overturned, nonroadway

--34

Falls, slips, trips

212431

Falls to lower level

172228

Fall from collapsing structure or equipment

--34

Fall through surface or existing opening

--34

Other fall to lower level

151621

Other fall to lower level less than 6 feet

345

Other fall to lower level 6 to 10 feet

334

Exposure to harmful substances or environments

334

Contact with objects and equipment

10810

Struck by object or equipment

979

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

656

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, Washington, 2015–16
Industry (1)20152016
NumberNumberPercent

Total

7078100

Private industry

637394

Natural resources and mining

161621

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

161519

Crop production

779

Fruit and tree nut farming

634

Noncitrus fruit and tree nut farming

634

Forestry and logging

656

Logging

556

Construction

91418

Construction

91418

Construction of buildings

--34

Heavy and civil engineering construction

--45

Utility system construction

--34

Specialty trade contractors

679

Foundation, structure, and building exterior contractors

434

Building finishing contractors

--11

Painting and wall covering contractors

--11

Manufacturing

645

Manufacturing

645

Food manufacturing

--11

Seafood product preparation and packaging

--11

Trade, transportation, and utilities

151621

Retail trade

468

General merchandise stores

--34

Transportation and warehousing

71013

Truck transportation

5810

General freight trucking

--34

General freight trucking, long-distance

--23

General freight trucking, long-distance, truckload

--23

Specialized freight trucking

356

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

--34

Support activities for transportation

--11

Support activities for water transportation

--11

Marine cargo handling

--11

Couriers and messengers

111

Couriers

--11

Financial activities

--68

Real estate and rental and leasing

--34

Professional and business services

6810

Administrative and waste services

5810

Administrative and support services

5810

Services to buildings and dwellings

556

Landscaping services

356

Educational and health services

--34

Health care and social assistance

--34

Other services, except public administration

434

Other services, except public administration

434

Government (2)

756

Local government

--34

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, Washington, 2015–16
Occupation (1)20152016
NumberNumberPercent

Total

7078100

Management occupations

545

Other management occupations

--34

Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations

--34

Protective service occupations

--45

Law enforcement workers

--11

Police officers

--11

Police and sheriff's patrol officers

--11

Other protective service workers

--34

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations

456

Grounds maintenance workers

--45

Grounds maintenance workers

--45

Landscaping and groundskeeping workers

--34

Personal care and service occupations

--11

Other personal care and service workers

--11

Recreation and fitness workers

--11

Recreation workers

--11

Sales and related occupations

368

Supervisors of sales workers

--11

First-line supervisors of sales workers

--11

First-line supervisors of retail sales workers

111

Retail sales workers

--45

Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations

131013

Agricultural workers

645

Miscellaneous agricultural workers

645

Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse

534

Forest, conservation, and logging workers

656

Logging workers

656

Fallers

434

Construction and extraction occupations

91418

Supervisors of construction and extraction workers

--34

First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

--34

First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

--34

Construction trades workers

7912

Painters and paperhangers

--11

Painters, construction and maintenance

--11

Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

679

Other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

368

Maintenance and repair workers, general

--34

Maintenance and repair workers, general

--34

Transportation and material moving occupations

131823

Motor vehicle operators

81317

Driver/sales workers and truck drivers

61317

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

41114

Water transportation workers

--11

Sailors and marine oilers

--11

Sailors and marine oilers

--11

Material moving workers

--34

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

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 selected demographic characteristics, Washington, 2015–16
Worker characteristics20152016
NumberNumberPercent

Total

7078100

Employee status

Wage and salary workers (1)

525976

Self-employed (2)

181924

Gender

Men

627090

Women

8810

Age (3)

20 to 24 years

456

25 to 34 years

14912

35 to 44 years

51317

45 to 54 years

151924

55 to 64 years

201823

65 years and over

121317

Race or ethnic origin (4)

White, non-Hispanic

506077

Hispanic or Latino

141317

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: Thursday, April 05, 2018