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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) 2017 2018
Number Number Percent

Total

84 86 100

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals

13 20 23

Intentional injury by person

13 20 23

Intentional injury by other person

6 9 10

Shooting by other person--intentional

4 7 8

Self-inflicted injury--intentional

7 11 13

Shooting--intentional self-harm

-- 4 5

Hanging, strangulation, asphyxiation--intentional self-harm

-- 7 8

Transportation incidents

30 29 34

Aircraft incidents

1 3 3

Aircraft crash during takeoff or landing

-- 1 1

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

-- 1 1

Pedestrian vehicular incident

3 4 5

Water vehicle incidents

3 4 5

Capsized or sinking water vehicle

-- 2 2

Roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicle

18 16 19

Roadway collision with other vehicle

9 8 9

Roadway collision--moving in same direction

-- 3 3

Roadway collision with object other than vehicle

4 5 6

Vehicle struck object or animal on side of roadway

4 5 6

Roadway noncollision incident

5 3 3

Jack-knifed or overturned, roadway

5 3 3

Fires and explosions

-- -- --

Falls, slips, trips

26 17 20

Falls on same level

6 3 3

Falls to lower level

20 14 16

Other fall to lower level

14 12 14

Other fall to lower level less than 6 feet

1 3 3

Other fall to lower level 6 to 10 feet

-- 4 5

Exposure to harmful substances or environments

3 5 6

Exposure to other harmful substances

-- 4 5

Nonmedical use of drugs or alcohol--unintentional overdose

-- 3 3

Contact with objects and equipment

10 13 15

Struck by object or equipment

9 8 9

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

4 4 5

Caught in or compressed by equipment or objects

-- 3 3

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) 2017 2018
Number Number Percent

Total

84 86 100

Private industry

80 72 84

Goods producing

36 27 31

Natural resources and mining

14 14 16

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

14 14 16

Crop production

6 8 9

Fruit and tree nut farming

-- 6 7

Noncitrus fruit and tree nut farming

-- 6 7

Apple orchards

-- 5 6

Forestry and logging

4 4 5

Logging

4 4 5

Logging

4 4 5

Fishing, hunting and trapping

3 1 1

Fishing

3 1 1

Fishing

3 1 1

Shellfish fishing

-- 1 1

Construction

15 10 12

Construction

15 10 12

Construction of buildings

4 4 5

Residential building construction

3 3 3

Residential building construction

3 3 3

Residential remodelers

1 3 3

Specialty trade contractors

10 4 5

Manufacturing

7 3 3

Manufacturing

7 3 3

Service providing

44 45 52

Trade, transportation, and utilities

26 23 27

Wholesale trade

6 4 5

Merchant wholesalers, nondurable goods

4 3 3

Retail trade

10 5 6

Motor vehicle and parts dealers

-- -- --

Automotive parts, accessories, and tire stores

-- -- --

Tire dealers

-- 1 1

Transportation and warehousing

10 13 15

Water transportation

-- 1 1

Deep sea, coastal, and great lakes water transportation

-- 1 1

Deep sea, coastal, and great lakes water transportation

-- 1 1

Deep sea freight transportation

-- 1 1

Truck transportation

7 -- --

Specialized freight trucking

6 1 1

Specialized freight (except used goods) trucking, local

4 1 1

Support activities for transportation

-- 3 3

Couriers and messengers

-- 4 5

Local messengers and local delivery

-- 3 3

Local messengers and local delivery

-- 3 3

Information

-- 1 1

Information

-- 1 1

Broadcasting (except internet)

-- 1 1

Radio and television broadcasting

-- 1 1

Television broadcasting

-- 1 1

Financial activities

4 -- --

Finance and insurance

-- -- --

Credit intermediation and related activities

-- 1 1

Nondepository credit intermediation

-- 1 1

Other nondepository credit intermediation

-- 1 1

Professional and business services

8 12 14

Administrative and waste services

8 11 13

Administrative and support services

6 9 10

Services to buildings and dwellings

6 7 8

Landscaping services

4 4 5

Waste management and remediation services

-- -- --

Remediation and other waste management services

-- 1 1

Remediation services

-- 1 1

Educational and health services

3 -- --

Educational services

1 1 1

Educational services

1 1 1

Technical and trade schools

1 1 1

Technical and trade schools

1 1 1

Flight training

1 1 1

Leisure and hospitality

1 4 5

Accommodation and food services

-- 4 5

Accommodation

-- -- --

RV (recreational vehicle) parks and recreational camps

-- 1 1

RV (recreational vehicle) parks and recreational camps

-- 1 1

RV (recreational vehicle) parks and campgrounds

-- 1 1

Other services, except public administration

1 -- --

Government (2)

4 14 16

Federal government

1 5 6

State government

1 -- --

Local government

-- 8 9

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) 2017 2018
Number Number Percent

Total

84 86 100

Management occupations

2 4 5

Other management occupations

2 -- --

Lodging managers

-- 1 1

Lodging managers

-- 1 1

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

-- 1 1

Broadcast and sound engineering technicians and radio operators

-- 1 1

Broadcast technicians

-- 1 1

Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations

-- -- --

Healthcare support occupations

-- -- --

Protective service occupations

-- 4 5

Food preparation and serving related occupations

-- -- --

Cooks and food preparation workers

-- -- --

Cooks

-- -- --

Cooks, institution and cafeteria

-- 1 1

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations

5 8 9

Building cleaning and pest control workers

-- 3 3

Building cleaning workers

-- 3 3

Grounds maintenance workers

3 5 6

Grounds maintenance workers

3 5 6

Landscaping and groundskeeping workers

1 3 3

Personal care and service occupations

-- -- --

Sales and related occupations

7 7 8

Supervisors of sales workers

3 4 5

First-line supervisors of sales workers

3 4 5

First-line supervisors of retail sales workers

3 4 5

Office and administrative support occupations

-- -- --

Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations

10 11 13

Agricultural workers

3 5 6

Miscellaneous agricultural workers

3 5 6

Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse

3 4 5

Fishing and hunting workers

3 1 1

Fishers and related fishing workers

3 1 1

Fishers and related fishing workers

3 1 1

Forest, conservation, and logging workers

3 4 5

Logging workers

3 4 5

Construction and extraction occupations

14 10 12

Construction trades workers

13 6 7

Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

8 5 6

Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers

-- 1 1

Miscellaneous vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers

-- 1 1

Tire repairers and changers

-- 1 1

Production occupations

4 3 3

Transportation and material moving occupations

30 18 21

Motor vehicle operators

18 12 14

Driver/sales workers and truck drivers

18 10 12

Driver/sales workers

-- 4 5

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

15 6 7

Water transportation workers

-- 1 1

Ship and boat captains and operators

-- 1 1

Captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels

-- 1 1

Material moving workers

7 4 5

Laborers and material movers, hand

7 4 5

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

6 4 5

Military specific occupations (2)

-- 5 6

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 characteristics 2017 2018
Number Number Percent

Total

84 86 100

Employee status

Wage and salary workers (1)

67 71 83

Self-employed (2)

17 15 17

Gender

Men

80 78 91

Women

4 8 9

Age (3)

18 to 19 years

1 1 1

20 to 24 years

3 4 5

25 to 34 years

14 15 17

35 to 44 years

11 12 14

45 to 54 years

15 15 17

55 to 64 years

24 25 29

65 years and over

16 14 16

Race or ethnic origin (4)

White, non-Hispanic

62 57 66

Black or African-American, non-Hispanic

4 3 3

Hispanic or Latino

9 16 19

American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic

4 2 2

Asian, non-Hispanic

1 6 7

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic

3 1 1

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