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Chart 1. Number of fatal work injuries by employee status, 2003–17
YearWage and salarySelf-employedTotal

2003

4,4051,1705,575

2004

4,5871,1775,764

2005

4,5921,1425,734

2006

4,8081,0325,840

2007

4,6131,0445,657

2008

4,1831,0315,214

2009

3,4881,0634,551

2010

3,6511,0394,690

2011

3,6421,0514,693

2012

3,5711,0574,628

2013

3,6359504,585

2014

3,7281,0934,821

2015

3,7511,0854,836

2016

4,0981,0925,190

2017

4,0691,0785,147

Chart 2. Rate of fatal work injuries per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers by employee status, 2006–17
YearWage and salarySelf-employedAll Workers

2006

3.710.64.2

2007

3.511.04.0

2008

3.211.63.7

2009

2.812.73.5

2010

3.012.63.6

2011

2.913.13.5

2012

2.812.83.4

2013

2.811.83.3

2014

2.813.63.4

2015

2.813.13.4

2016

3.013.13.6

2017

2.913.13.5

Chart 3. Fatal occupational injuries by major event, 2017
Major eventNumber of fatal work injuries

Transportation incidents

2,077

Roadway incidents

1,299

Other

778

Falls, slips, trips

887

Falls to lower level

713

Other

174

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals

807

Homicides

458

Other

349

Contact with objects and equipment

695

Exposure to harmful substances or environments

531

Fires and explosions

123

Chart 4. Change in fatal work injury counts by event, 2016–17
Event20162017Change

ALL EVENTS

5,1905,147-43

Contact with objects and equipment

761695-66

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals

866807-59

Transportation incidents

2,0832,077-6

Exposure to harmful substances or environments

51853113

Fires and explosions

8812335

Falls, slips, trips

84988738

Chart 5. Percent of fatal falls to lower level by height of fall, 2017
Height of fall (feet)CountPercent

Unspecified

9914

Less than 6

8312

6 to 10

9213

11 to 15

12217

16 to 20

9013

21 to 25

578

26 to 30

477

More than 30

12317

Total

713100

Chart 6. Fatal occupational injuries due to transportation incidents, 2017
Transportation incidents Count

Roadway collision with another vehicle

663

Other roadway incidents

636

Pedestrian vehicular incidents

313

Nonroadway incidents

209

Aircraft incidents

126

Water vehicle incidents

68

Rail vehicle incidents

48

Other transportation incidents

14

Total

2,077

Chart 7. How workers died in multiple-fatality incidents by selected events, 2011–17
YearRoadway incidentsAircraft incidentsHomicidesFires and explosionsTotal

2011

93734936357

2012

122567918353

2013

110786662387

2014

137643624379

2015

135715321343

2016

142686318369

2017

141677636400

Chart 8. Fatal work injuries and hours worked by gender of worker, 2017
GenderFatal work injuriesHours worked

Men

93%56%

Women

7%44%

Total (count)

5,147 285,976,849,170

Chart 9. Distribution of fatal injury events by gender of worker, 2017
EventMenWomen

Fires and explosions

2%2%

Homicides

8%22%

Exposure to harmful substances or environments

10%9%

Contact with objects and equipment

14%5%

Falls, slips, trips

17%14%

Roadway incidents

25%25%

Total (count)

4,761 386

Chart 10. Percent of work-related homicides by gender of decedent and assailant type, 2017
Assailant typeWomenMen

Relative or domestic partner

24%2%

Student, patient, or customer/client

13%12%

Inmate, detainee, or suspect not yet apprehended

7%8%

Co-worker or work associate

14%17%

Other or unspecified assailant

23%30%

Robber

18%30%

Total (count)

83 375

Chart 11. Fatal work injuries involving Hispanic or Latino workers, 2003–17
YearForeign-bornNative-bornTotal

2003

520274794

2004

596306902

2005

638285923

2006

667323990

2007

634303937

2008

503301804

2009

429284713

2010

441266707

2011

512237749

2012

484264748

2013

542275817

2014

513291804

2015

605298903

2016

588291879

2017

568335903

Chart 12. Fatal injuries involving foreign-born workers by country or region of birth, 2011–17
Country/Region2011201220132014201520162017

Mexico

349319360340415362355

Asia

148166153154141183176

Central America (exc. Mexico)

9510312795106129154

Europe

858195949610085

Caribbean

81585165688763

Africa

28364844473333

South America

36372435555444

Total

843824879846943970927

Chart 13. Rate of fatal work injuries per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers by age group, 2017
Age groupRate

All workers

3.5

16 to 17

0.8

18 to 19

2.6

20 to 24

2.2

25 to 34

2.5

35 to 44

2.9

45 to 54

3.3

55 to 64

4.6

65 and over

10.3

Chart 14. Number and rate of fatal work injuries by industry sector, 2017
Industry sectorCountRate

Construction

9719.5

Transportation and warehousing

88215.1

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

58123.0

Professional and business services

5323.0

Government

4732.0

Manufacturing

3031.9

Retail trade

2872.0

Leisure and hospitality

2622.2

Other services (exc. Public admin.)

2052.9

Educational and health services

1890.8

Wholesale trade

1744.8

Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction

11212.9

Financial activities

1011.0

Information

431.6

Utilities

282.6

Total

5,147 3.5

Chart 15. Contracted workers as a percentage of all fatally-injured workers in selected occupation groups, 2017
Selected occupation groupPercentage

Farming, fishing, and forestry

6%

Transportation and material moving

8%

Protective service

14%

Installation, maintenance, and repair

14%

Production

16%

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance

19%

Construction and extraction

47%

All workers

16%

Chart 16. Fatal occupational injuries in the private sector mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction industry, 2003–17
YearOil and gas extraction industriesAll other miningTotal mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction

2003

8556141

2004

9854152

2005

9861159

2006

12567192

2007

12261183

2008

12056176

2009

683199

2010

10765172

2011

11243155

2012

14239181

2013

11243155

2014

14439183

2015

8931120

2016

632689

2017

8131112

Chart 17. Number and rate of fatal occupational injuries to civilian workers by major occupation group, 2017
Major civilian occupation groupCountRate

Transportation and material moving

1,44315.9

Construction and extraction

96512.2

Service

7783.3

Management, business, and financial operations

4251.6

Installation, maintenance, and repair

4148.1

Farming, fishing, and forestry

26420.9

Sales and related

2321.6

Professional and related

2290.7

Production

2212.6

Office and administrative support

1010.6

Total

5,1473.5

Chart 18. Civilian occupations with high fatal work injury rates, 2017
Civilian occupationsCountRate

Fishers and related fishing workers

4199.8

Logging workers

5584.3

Aircraft pilots and flight engineers

5948.6

Roofers

9145.2

Refuse and recyclable material collectors

3035.0

Structural iron and steel workers

1433.4

Driver/sales workers and truck drivers

98726.8

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

25824.0

First-line supervisors of landscaping, lawn service, and groundskeeping workers

5321.0

Electrical power-line installers and repairers

2618.7

Total

5,147 3.5

Chart 19. Civilian occupations with high fatal injury counts by leading event, 2017
Civilian occupationTransportation incidentsViolence and other injuries by persons or animals Falls, slips, tripsContact with objects or equipmentOther eventsTotal

Light truck or delivery service drivers

72---1587

Maintenance and repair workers, general

--28-5987

Roofers

--75-1691

Police and sheriff's patrol officers

-47--4895

Carpenters

--64-37101

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

---3373106

Landscaping and groundskeeping workers

42---67109

First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

--41-80121

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

115---143258

Construction laborers

--85-174259

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

661---179840

Chart 20. Number of fatal work injuries by state, 2017
StateCount

Alabama

83

Alaska

33

Arizona

90

Arkansas

76

California

376

Colorado

77

Connecticut

35

Delaware

10

District of Columbia

13

Florida

299

Georgia

194

Hawaii

20

Idaho

37

Illinois

163

Indiana

138

Iowa

72

Kansas

72

Kentucky

70

Louisiana

117

Maine

18

Maryland

87

Massachusetts

108

Michigan

153

Minnesota

101

Mississippi

90

Missouri

125

Montana

32

Nebraska

35

Nevada

32

New Hampshire

11

New Jersey

69

New Mexico

44

New York

313

North Carolina

183

North Dakota

38

Ohio

174

Oklahoma

91

Oregon

60

Pennsylvania

172

Rhode Island

8

South Carolina

88

South Dakota

30

Tennessee

128

Texas

534

Utah

43

Vermont

22

Virginia

118

Washington

84

West Virginia

51

Wisconsin

106

Wyoming

20

Chart 21. Sources of data on fatal work injuries, 2017
Name of source documentNumber of documents

State follow-up

238

Other government

671

Police

1,051

State workers' compensation

1,265

Toxicology

1,401

OSHA

1,886

News media

3,304

Coroner/Medical examiner/Autopsy

3,400

Death certificate

4,987

All other

5,238

 

Last Modified Date: December 18, 2018