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Friday, February 14, 2020

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Fatal Work Injuries in Washington – 2018

Fatal work injuries totaled 86 in 2018 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 similar to 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 5,250 fatal work injuries were recorded in 2018, up from the 5,147 fatal injuries in 2017, according to the results from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) program.

Type of incident

In Washington, transportation incidents resulted in 29 fatal work injuries and violence and other injuries by persons or animals accounted for 20 fatalities. These two major categories accounted for 57 percent of all workplace fatalities in the state. (See table 1.) Worker deaths from transportation incidents were little changed from the previous year and worker fatalities due to violence or other injuries by persons or animals were up from 13.

Falls, slips, or trips was the third-most frequent fatal work event with 17 fatalities, down from 26 in the prior year. Contact with objects or equipment resulted in 13 work-related deaths compared to 10 in 2017.

Nationally, transportation incidents were the most frequent fatal workplace event in 2018, 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 (16 percent), followed by falls, slips, and trips (15 percent) and contact with objects and equipment (15 percent).

Industry

The private agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting industry had the highest number of fatalities in Washington with 14, unchanged from the previous year. (See table 2.) Transportation incidents resulted in 6 of the 14 fatalities in the industry. The fruit and tree nut farming sector accounted for 6 of the 14 workplace fatalities in the agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting industry.

The private transportation and warehousing industry had 13 workplace fatalities compared to 10 in the previous year.

Occupation

The transportation and material moving occupational group had the highest number of workplace fatalities with 18. (See table 3.) Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers accounted for 6 of the 18 fatalities among transportation and material moving workers. The farming, fishing, and forestry occupational group had the second highest number of workplace fatalities with 11, followed by construction and extraction occupations with 10. Farmworkers and crop, nursery, and greenhouse laborers suffered 4 of the 11 work-related deaths within the farming, fishing, and forestry group. Construction trades workers accounted for 6 of the 10 construction and extraction occupational fatalities.

Additional highlights:

  • Men accounted for 91 percent of the work-related fatalities in Washington, similar to the national share. (See table 4.) Transportation incidents made up 33 percent of the fatalities for men in Washington.
  • White non-Hispanics accounted for 66 percent of those who died from a workplace injury, similar to the national share.
  • Workers 25-54 years old accounted for 49 percent of the state’s work-related fatalities in 2018, compared to 58 percent of on-the-job fatalities nationally.
  • Of the 86 fatal work injuries in Washington, 83 percent worked for wages and salaries; the remainder were self-employed. The most frequent fatal event for both wage and salary and self-employed workers was transportation incidents.

Technical Note

Background of the program. The Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), part of the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Occupational Safety and Health Statistics (OSHS) program, is a count of all fatal work injuries occurring in the U.S. during the calendar year. The CFOI uses a variety of 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 2018 national data, over 24,800 unique source documents were reviewed as part of the data collection process. For technical information and definitions for the CFOI, see 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/opub/hom/cfoi/concepts.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, 2017–18
Event or exposure (1)20172018
NumberNumberPercent

Total

8486100

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals

132023

Intentional injury by person

132023

Intentional injury by other person

6910

Shooting by other person--intentional

478

Self-inflicted injury--intentional

71113

Shooting--intentional self-harm

--45

Hanging, strangulation, asphyxiation--intentional self-harm

--78

Transportation incidents

302934

Aircraft incidents

133

Aircraft crash during takeoff or landing

--11

Aircraft crash during takeoff or landing--into structure, object, or ground

--11

Pedestrian vehicular incident

345

Water vehicle incidents

345

Capsized or sinking water vehicle

--22

Roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicle

181619

Roadway collision with other vehicle

989

Roadway collision--moving in same direction

--33

Roadway collision with object other than vehicle

456

Vehicle struck object or animal on side of roadway

456

Roadway noncollision incident

533

Jack-knifed or overturned, roadway

533

Fires and explosions

------

Falls, slips, trips

261720

Falls on same level

633

Falls to lower level

201416

Other fall to lower level

141214

Other fall to lower level less than 6 feet

133

Other fall to lower level 6 to 10 feet

--45

Exposure to harmful substances or environments

356

Exposure to other harmful substances

--45

Nonmedical use of drugs or alcohol--unintentional overdose

--33

Contact with objects and equipment

101315

Struck by object or equipment

989

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

445

Caught in or compressed by equipment or objects

--33

Overexertion and bodily reaction

------

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, 2017–18
Industry (1)20172018
NumberNumberPercent

Total

8486100

Private industry

807284

Goods producing

362731

Natural resources and mining

141416

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

141416

Crop production

689

Fruit and tree nut farming

--67

Noncitrus fruit and tree nut farming

--67

Apple orchards

--56

Forestry and logging

445

Logging

445

Logging

445

Fishing, hunting and trapping

311

Fishing

311

Fishing

311

Shellfish fishing

--11

Construction

151012

Construction

151012

Construction of buildings

445

Residential building construction

333

Residential building construction

333

Residential remodelers

133

Specialty trade contractors

1045

Manufacturing

733

Manufacturing

733

Service providing

444552

Trade, transportation, and utilities

262327

Wholesale trade

645

Merchant wholesalers, nondurable goods

433

Retail trade

1056

Motor vehicle and parts dealers

------

Automotive parts, accessories, and tire stores

------

Tire dealers

--11

Transportation and warehousing

101315

Water transportation

--11

Deep sea, coastal, and great lakes water transportation

--11

Deep sea, coastal, and great lakes water transportation

--11

Deep sea freight transportation

--11

Truck transportation

7----

Specialized freight trucking

611

Specialized freight (except used goods) trucking, local

411

Support activities for transportation

--33

Couriers and messengers

--45

Local messengers and local delivery

--33

Local messengers and local delivery

--33

Information

--11

Information

--11

Broadcasting (except internet)

--11

Radio and television broadcasting

--11

Television broadcasting

--11

Financial activities

4----

Finance and insurance

------

Credit intermediation and related activities

--11

Nondepository credit intermediation

--11

Other nondepository credit intermediation

--11

Professional and business services

81214

Administrative and waste services

81113

Administrative and support services

6910

Services to buildings and dwellings

678

Landscaping services

445

Waste management and remediation services

------

Remediation and other waste management services

--11

Remediation services

--11

Educational and health services

3----

Educational services

111

Educational services

111

Technical and trade schools

111

Technical and trade schools

111

Flight training

111

Leisure and hospitality

145

Accommodation and food services

--45

Accommodation

------

RV (recreational vehicle) parks and recreational camps

--11

RV (recreational vehicle) parks and recreational camps

--11

RV (recreational vehicle) parks and campgrounds

--11

Other services, except public administration

1----

Government (2)

41416

Federal government

156

State government

1----

Local government

--89

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, 2017–18
Occupation (1)20172018
NumberNumberPercent

Total

8486100

Management occupations

245

Other management occupations

2----

Lodging managers

--11

Lodging managers

--11

Business and financial operations occupations

------

Computer and mathematical occupations

------

Architecture and engineering occupations

------

Life, physical, and social science occupations

------

Community and social services occupations

------

Legal occupations

------

Education, training, and library occupations

------

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations

------

Media and communication equipment workers

--11

Broadcast and sound engineering technicians and radio operators

--11

Broadcast technicians

--11

Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations

------

Healthcare support occupations

------

Protective service occupations

--45

Food preparation and serving related occupations

------

Cooks and food preparation workers

------

Cooks

------

Cooks, institution and cafeteria

--11

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations

589

Building cleaning and pest control workers

--33

Building cleaning workers

--33

Grounds maintenance workers

356

Grounds maintenance workers

356

Landscaping and groundskeeping workers

133

Personal care and service occupations

------

Sales and related occupations

778

Supervisors of sales workers

345

First-line supervisors of sales workers

345

First-line supervisors of retail sales workers

345

Office and administrative support occupations

------

Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations

101113

Agricultural workers

356

Miscellaneous agricultural workers

356

Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse

345

Fishing and hunting workers

311

Fishers and related fishing workers

311

Fishers and related fishing workers

311

Forest, conservation, and logging workers

345

Logging workers

345

Construction and extraction occupations

141012

Construction trades workers

1367

Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

856

Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers

--11

Miscellaneous vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers

--11

Tire repairers and changers

--11

Production occupations

433

Transportation and material moving occupations

301821

Motor vehicle operators

181214

Driver/sales workers and truck drivers

181012

Driver/sales workers

--45

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

1567

Water transportation workers

--11

Ship and boat captains and operators

--11

Captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels

--11

Material moving workers

745

Laborers and material movers, hand

745

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

645

Military specific occupations (2)

--56

Footnotes:
(1) Occupation data are based on the Standard Occupational Classification system, 2010.
(2) Includes fatal injuries to persons identified as resident armed forces regardless of individual occupation listed.

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, 2017–18
Worker characteristics20172018
NumberNumberPercent

Total

8486100

Employee status

Wage and salary workers (1)

677183

Self-employed (2)

171517

Gender

Men

807891

Women

489

Age (3)

18 to 19 years

111

20 to 24 years

345

25 to 34 years

141517

35 to 44 years

111214

45 to 54 years

151517

55 to 64 years

242529

65 years and over

161416

Race or ethnic origin (4)

White, non-Hispanic

625766

Black or African-American, non-Hispanic

433

Hispanic or Latino

91619

American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic

422

Asian, non-Hispanic

167

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic

311

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 data for Hispanics and Latinos.

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: Friday, February 14, 2020