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21-634-SAN
Tuesday, April 06, 2021

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Fatal Work Injuries in Nevada – 2019

Fatal work injuries totaled 40 in 2019 for Nevada, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Acting Regional Commissioner Dennis Reid noted that the number of work-related fatalities in Nevada was similar to the previous year. (See chart 1.) Fatal occupational injuries in the state have ranged from a high of 71 in 2007 to a low of 24 in 2009.

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, Nevada, 2010-19

Fatal event or exposure

In Nevada, transportation incidents resulted in 18 fatal work injuries and falls, slips, or trips accounted for 9 fatalities. These two major categories accounted for 68 percent of all workplace fatalities in the state. (See table 1.) Worker deaths from transportation incidents were up from 11 over the year and worker fatalities due to falls, slips, or trips were up from 6.

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals was the third-most frequent fatal work event with 6 fatalities, down from 10 in the prior year. Exposure to harmful substances or environments resulted in five work-related deaths compared to four in 2018.

Nationally, transportation incidents were the most frequent fatal workplace event in 2019, accounting for 40 percent of fatal work injuries. (See chart 2.) 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 Nevada, 2019

Industry

The private transportation and warehousing industry had the highest number of fatalities in Nevada with nine. (See table 2.) The general freight trucking sector accounted for 5 of the 9 workplace fatalities in the transportation and warehousing industry. The private construction industry had seven workplace fatalities.

Occupation

The transportation and material moving occupational group had the highest number of workplace fatalities with 12. (See table 3.) Driver/sales workers and truck drivers accounted for 10 of the 12 fatalities among transportation and material moving workers. The installation, maintenance, and repair occupational group had eight fatalities, followed by construction occupations with five.

Additional highlights:

  • Men accounted for 98 percent of the work-related fatalities in Nevada, compared to the 92-percent national share. (See table 4.)
  • White non-Hispanics accounted for 65 percent of those who died from a workplace injury. Nationwide, this group accounted for 62 percent of work-related deaths.
  • Workers 55 years old and over accounted for 50 percent of the state’s work-related fatalities in 2019, compared to 38 percent nationally.
  • Of the 40 fatal work injuries in Nevada, 85 percent worked for wages and salaries; the remainder were self-employed.

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 Nevada Division of Industrial Relations 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, Nevada, 2018–19
Event or exposure (1) 2018 2019
Number Number Percent

Total

39 40 100

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals

10 6 15

Intentional injury by person

7 6 15

Intentional injury by other person

6 3 8

Shooting by other person--intentional

5 3 8

Self-inflicted injury--intentional

-- 3 8

Transportation incidents

11 18 45

Aircraft incidents

2 2 5

Aircraft crash during takeoff or landing

-- 2 5

Aircraft crash during takeoff or landing--due to mechanical failure

-- 2 5

Pedestrian vehicular incident

3 4 10

Roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicle

6 12 30

Roadway collision with other vehicle

-- 6 15

Roadway collision with object other than vehicle

-- 3 8

Vehicle struck object or animal on side of roadway

-- 3 8

Roadway noncollision incident

3 3 8

Jack-knifed or overturned, roadway

3 3 8

Fires and explosions

-- -- --

Falls, slips, trips

6 9 23

Falls to lower level

-- 7 18

Fall through surface or existing opening

-- 3 8

Other fall to lower level

-- 4 10

Exposure to harmful substances or environments

4 5 13

Contact with objects and equipment

8 -- --

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, Nevada, 2019
Industry (1) Number Percent

Total

40 100

Private industry (2)

39 98

Goods producing

-- --

Natural resources and mining

1 3

Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (3)

1 3

Mining (except oil and gas)

1 3

Metal ore mining

1 3

Gold ore and silver ore mining

1 3

Gold ore mining

1 3

Construction

7 18

Construction

7 18

Service providing (4)

-- --

Trade, transportation, and utilities

14 35

Wholesale trade

3 8

Transportation and warehousing

9 23

Truck transportation

8 20

General freight trucking

5 13

Couriers and messengers

1 3

Couriers and express delivery services

1 3

Couriers and express delivery services

1 3

Financial activities

-- --

Professional and business services

-- --

Administrative and support and waste management and remediation services

5 13

Administrative and support services

5 13

Investigation and security services

3 8

Investigation, guard, and armored car services

3 8

Security guards and patrol services

3 8

Educational and health services

2 5

Educational services

2 5

Educational services

2 5

Technical and trade schools

2 5

Technical and trade schools

2 5

Flight training

2 5

Leisure and hospitality

4 10

Accommodation and food services

4 10

Other services, except public administration

-- --

Government (5)

1 3

Federal government

1 3

State government

-- --

Local government

-- --

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) Includes fatal injuries at all establishments categorized as Mining (Sector 21) in the North American Industry Classification System, including establishments not governed by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) rules and reporting, such as those in oil and gas extraction.
(4) Cases where industry is unknown are included in the service sector counts.
(5) 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, Nevada, 2019
Occupation (1) Number Percent

Total

40 100

Management occupations

-- --

Business and financial operations occupations

-- --

Computer and mathematical occupations

-- --

Architecture and engineering occupations

-- --

Life, physical, and social science occupations

-- --

Community and social service occupations

-- --

Legal occupations

-- --

Educational instruction and library occupations

-- --

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations

-- --

Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations

-- --

Healthcare support occupations

-- --

Protective service occupations

3 8

Other protective service workers

3 8

Security guards and gambling surveillance officers

3 8

Security guards

3 8

Food preparation and serving related occupations

-- --

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations

-- --

Personal care and service occupations

-- --

Sales and related occupations

-- --

Office and administrative support occupations

-- --

Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations

-- --

Construction and extraction occupations

5 13

Construction trades workers

3 8

Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

8 20

Other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

5 13

Production occupations

-- --

Transportation and material moving occupations

12 30

Motor vehicle operators

10 25

Driver/sales workers and truck drivers

10 25

Military specific occupations (2)

1 3

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, Nevada, 2018–19
Worker characteristics 2018 2019
Number Number Percent

Total

39 40 100

Employee status

Wage and salary workers (1)

32 34 85

Self-employed (2)

7 6 15

Gender

Men

32 39 98

Women

7 -- --

Age (3)

25 to 34 years

6 4 10

35 to 44 years

8 5 13

45 to 54 years

11 9 23

55 to 64 years

6 14 35

65 years and over

6 6 15

Race or ethnic origin (4)

White, non-Hispanic

17 26 65

Black or African-American, non-Hispanic

8 3 8

Hispanic or Latino

8 7 18

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