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Tuesday, April 06, 2021

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Fatal Work Injuries in Arizona – 2019

Fatal work injuries totaled 94 in 2019 for Arizona, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Acting Regional Commissioner Dennis Reid noted that the number of work-related fatalities in Arizona was up from the previous year. (See chart 1.) Fatal occupational injuries in the state have ranged from a high of 118 in 2000 to a low of 55 in 1993.

Nationwide, a total of 5,333 fatal work injuries were recorded in 2019, a 2-percent increase from the 5,250 in 2018, according to the results from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) program. The 5,333 fatal occupational injuries in 2019 represents the largest annual number since 2007.

Chart 1. Number of fatal occupational injuries by employee status, Arizona, 2010-19

Fatal event or exposure

In Arizona, transportation incidents resulted in 39 fatal work injuries and falls, slips, or trips accounted for 18 fatalities. These two major categories accounted for 61 percent of all workplace fatalities in the state. (See table 1.) Worker deaths from transportation incidents were up from 28 over the year and worker fatalities due to falls, slips, or trips were up from 9.

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals was the third-most frequent fatal work event with 14 fatalities, down from 20 in the prior year. Contact with objects or equipment resulted in 11 work-related deaths, little changed from  2018.

Nationally, transportation incidents were the most frequent fatal workplace event in 2019, accounting for 40 percent of fatal work injuries. (See chart 2.) Violence Falls, slips, and trips was the second-most common fatal event (17 percent), followed by violence and other injuries by persons or animals (16 percent).

Chart 2. Distribution of total fatal occupational injuries by event, United States and Arizona, 2019

Industry

The private construction industry had the highest number of fatalities in Arizona with 23. (See table 2.)Transportation incidents resulted in 5 of the 23 fatalities in the industry. The heavy and civil engineering construction sector accounted for 3 of the 23 workplace fatalities in the construction industry.

The private transportation and warehousing industry had 19 workplace fatalities. The general freight trucking sector accounted for 11, or 58 percent, of the fatal injuries in this industry.

Occupation

The transportation and material moving occupational group had the highest number of workplace fatalities with 27. (See table 3.) Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers accounted for 16 of the 27 fatalities among transportation and material moving workers. The construction and extraction occupational group had the second highest number of workplace fatalities with 20, followed by installation, maintenance, and repair occupations with 12. Construction laborers suffered nine of the work-related deaths within the construction and extraction occupational group. Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers accounted for 5 of the 12 installation, maintenance, and repair occupational fatalities.

Additional highlights:

  • Men accounted for 98 percent of the work-related fatalities in Arizona, compared to the national share of 92 percent. (See table 4.)
  • Hispanic or Latino workers accounted for 41 percent of those who died from a workplace injury. Nationwide, this group accounted for 20 percent of work-related deaths.
  • Workers 25-54 years old accounted for 59 percent of the state’s work-related fatalities in 2019, compared to 55 percent of on-the-job fatalities nationally.
  • Of the 94 fatal work injuries in Arizona, 85 percent worked for wages and salaries; the remainder were self-employed. The most frequent fatal event for both wage and salary workers and self-employed workers was transportation incidents.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic Impact on the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries

Data in this news release are for reference year 2019. No changes in collection procedures or outputs were necessary due to COVID-19. Additional information is available at www.bls.gov/covid19/effects-of-covid-19-on-workplace-injuries-and-illnesses-compensation-and-occupational-requirements.htm.

Changes in Industry and Occupation Classification Structure

Information in this release incorporates revisions to both the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) and the Standard Occupational Classification codes (SOC). Comparison of data for 2019 to prior years should be done with caution due to these changes, and thus analysis in this release is limited to 2019 for industries and occupations. More information on NAICS can be found at www.bls.gov/bls/naics.htm. More information on SOC can be found at www.bls.gov/soc/2018/home.htm.


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 2019 national data, over 25,100 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 https://www.bls.gov/opub/hom/cfoi/home.htm and the CFOI definitions at www.bls.gov/iif/oshcfdef.htm.

Federal/State agency coverage. The CFOI includes data for all fatal work injuries, some of which may be outside the scope of other agencies or regulatory coverage. Comparisons between CFOI counts and those released by other agencies should account for the different coverage requirements and definitions used by each agency. For more information on the scope of CFOI, see www.bls.gov/iif/cfoiscope.htm and www.bls.gov/opub/hom/cfoi/concepts.htm.

Acknowledgments. BLS thanks the Industrial Commission of Arizona 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 individuals with sensory impairments upon request. Voice phone: (202) 691-5200; Federal Relay Service: (800) 877-8339.

Table 1. Fatal occupational injuries by event or exposure, Arizona, 2018–19
Event or exposure (1)20182019
NumberNumberPercent

Total

8294100

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals

201415

Intentional injury by person

181213

Intentional injury by other person

1755

Shooting by other person--intentional

1333

Self-inflicted injury--intentional

--77

Shooting--intentional self-harm

--55

Transportation incidents

283941

Aircraft incidents

377

Other in-flight crash

--44

Other in-flight crash due to mechanical failure

--22

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

--22

Parachuting incident

333

Roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicle

172122

Roadway collision with other vehicle

81617

Roadway collision--moving in same direction

--55

Roadway collision--moving in opposite directions, oncoming

466

Roadway collision--moving and standing vehicle on side of roadway

122

Roadway collision with object other than vehicle

533

Vehicle struck object or animal on side of roadway

433

Nonroadway incident involving motorized land vehicles

--55

Fires and explosions

------

Falls, slips, trips

91819

Falls on same level

--33

Falls to lower level

61516

Fall through surface or existing opening

--33

Other fall to lower level

61011

Exposure to harmful substances or environments

131011

Exposure to other harmful substances

1066

Contact with objects and equipment

121112

Struck by object or equipment

955

Caught in or compressed by equipment or objects

333

Struck, caught, or crushed in collapsing structure, equipment, or material

--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. For complete information on how the data are coded and presented see our definitions page at https://www.bls.gov/iif/oshcfdef.htm. Dashes indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria. CFOI fatal injury counts exclude illness-related deaths unless precipitated by an injury event.

Table 2. Fatal occupational injuries by industry, Arizona, 2019
Industry (1)NumberPercent

Total

94100

Private industry (2)

8388

Goods producing

----

Natural resources and mining

55

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

55

Construction

2324

Construction

2324

Heavy and civil engineering construction

33

Service providing (3)

----

Trade, transportation, and utilities

----

Wholesale trade

33

Transportation and warehousing

1920

Truck transportation

1213

General freight trucking

1112

General freight trucking, long-distance

910

General freight trucking, long-distance, truckload

77

General freight trucking, long-distance, less than truckload

11

Specialized freight trucking

11

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

11

Transit and ground passenger transportation

44

Taxi and limousine service

33

Taxi service

33

Other transit and ground passenger transportation

11

Other transit and ground passenger transportation

11

Couriers and messengers

11

Couriers and express delivery services

11

Couriers and express delivery services

11

Financial activities

----

Professional and business services

89

Administrative and support and waste management and remediation services

89

Administrative and support services

66

Educational and health services

----

Educational services

11

Educational services

11

Other schools and instruction

11

Sports and recreation instruction

11

Leisure and hospitality

----

Other services, except public administration

66

Other services, except public administration

66

Repair and maintenance

44

Government (4)

1112

Federal government

77

State government

----

Local government

44

Footnotes:
(1) CFOI has used several versions of the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) since 2003 to define industry. For complete information on the version of NAICS used in this year, see our definitions page at https://www.bls.gov/iif/oshcfdef.htm.
(2) Cases where ownership is unknown are included in private industry counts.
(3) Cases where industry is unknown are included in the service sector counts.
(4) Includes fatal injuries to workers employed by governmental organizations regardless of industry. Cases classified as foreign government and other government are included in all government counts, but not displayed separately.

NOTE: Data for all years are final. Totals for major categories may include subcategories not shown separately. For complete information on how the data are coded and presented see our definitions page at https://www.bls.gov/iif/oshcfdef.htm. Dashes indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria. CFOI fatal injury counts exclude illness-related deaths unless precipitated by an injury event.

Table 3. Fatal occupational injuries by occupation, Arizona, 2019
Occupation (1)NumberPercent

Total

94100

Management occupations

33

Advertising, marketing, promotions, public relations, and sales managers

11

Business and financial operations occupations

----

Computer and mathematical occupations

----

Architecture and engineering occupations

11

Engineers

11

Aerospace engineers

11

Aerospace engineers

11

Life, physical, and social science occupations

----

Community and social service occupations

----

Legal occupations

----

Educational instruction and library occupations

11

Other teachers and instructors

11

Self-enrichment teachers

11

Self-enrichment teachers

11

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations

22

Entertainers and performers, sports and related workers

22

Musicians, singers, and related workers

22

Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations

----

Healthcare support occupations

----

Protective service occupations

44

Law enforcement workers

44

Police officers

22

Food preparation and serving related occupations

----

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations

55

Grounds maintenance workers

33

Grounds maintenance workers

33

Personal care and service occupations

----

Sales and related occupations

----

Office and administrative support occupations

11

Supervisors of office and administrative support workers

11

First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers

11

First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers

11

Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations

44

Construction and extraction occupations

2021

Construction trades workers

1819

Construction laborers

910

Construction laborers

910

Roofers

33

Roofers

33

Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

1213

Supervisors of installation, maintenance, and repair workers

11

First-line supervisors of mechanics, installers, and repairers

11

First-line supervisors of mechanics, installers, and repairers

11

Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers

55

Other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

44

Production occupations

----

Transportation and material moving occupations

2729

Motor vehicle operators

2021

Driver/sales workers and truck drivers

1617

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

1617

Passenger vehicle drivers

44

Shuttle drivers and chauffeurs

11

Taxi drivers

33

Material moving workers

55

Military specific occupations (2)

77

Footnotes:
(1) CFOI has used several versions of the Standard Occupation Classification (SOC) system since 2003 to define occupation. For complete information on the version of SOC used in this year, see our definitions page at https://www.bls.gov/iif/oshcfdef.htm. Cases where occupation is unknown are included in the total.
(2) Includes fatal injuries to persons identified as resident armed forces regardless of individual occupation listed.

NOTE: Data for all years are final. Totals for major categories may include subcategories not shown separately. For complete information on how the data are coded and presented see our definitions page at https://www.bls.gov/iif/oshcfdef.htm. Dashes indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria. CFOI fatal injury counts exclude illness-related deaths unless precipitated by an injury event.

Table 4. Fatal occupational injuries by selected demographic characteristics, Arizona, 2018–19
Worker characteristics20182019
NumberNumberPercent

Total

8294100

Employee status

Wage and salary workers (1)

718085

Self-employed (2)

111415

Gender

Men

699298

Women

13----

Age (3)

25 to 34 years

91718

35 to 44 years

121819

45 to 54 years

332021

55 to 64 years

121920

65 years and over

121516

Race or ethnic origin (4)

White, non-Hispanic

413638

Black or African-American, non-Hispanic

4----

Hispanic or Latino

303941

Asian, non-Hispanic

555

Footnotes:
(1) May include volunteers and workers receiving other types of compensation. Cases where employment status is unknown are included in the counts of wage and salary workers.
(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. Cases where ethnicity is unknown are included in counts of non-Hispanic workers.

NOTE: Data for all years are final. Totals for major categories may include subcategories not shown separately. For complete information on how the data are coded and presented see our definitions page at https://www.bls.gov/iif/oshcfdef.htm. Dashes indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria. CFOI fatal injury counts exclude illness-related deaths unless precipitated by an injury event.

 

Last Modified Date: Tuesday, April 06, 2021