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Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities
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TABLE A-7. Fatal occupational injuries by worker characteristics and event or exposure, all United States, 2018
Worker characteristics Total fatal injuries (number) Event or exposure(1)
Transportation incidents(2) Violence and other injuries by persons or animal(3) Contact with object, equipment Falls, slips, trips Exposure to harmful substances or environments Fires and explosions

Total

5,250 2,080 828 786 791 621 115

Employee status

Wage and salary(4)

4,178 1,723 622 553 617 541 97

Self-employed(5)

1,072 357 206 233 174 80 18

Gender

Women

413 151 110 26 61 50 7

Men

4,837 1,929 718 760 730 571 108

Age

Under 16 years

13 8 - 5 - - -

16 to 17 years

9 5 1 - - - -

18 to 19 years

56 17 20 13 5 1 -

20 to 24 years

282 124 61 39 24 32 -

25 to 34 years

946 351 169 125 101 173 23

35 to 44 years

966 375 169 120 105 164 31

45 to 54 years

1,114 430 179 171 154 148 23

55 to 64 years

1,104 458 147 174 218 79 22

65 years and over

759 311 82 138 184 22 14

Race or ethnic origin(6)

White, non-Hispanic

3,405 1,376 485 526 491 422 82

Black or African-American, non-Hispanic

615 269 126 62 71 70 13

Hispanic or Latino

961 337 132 175 190 106 20

American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic

42 23 8 - 5 5 -

Asian, non-Hispanic

153 50 57 12 24 9 -

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic

10 5 3 - - - -

Footnotes
(1) Based on the BLS Occupational Injury and Illness Classification System (OIICS) 2.01 implemented for 2011 data forward.
(2) Includes roadway, nonroadway, air, water, rail fatal occupational injuries, and fatal occupational injuries resulting from being struck by a vehicle.
(3) Includes violence by persons, self-inflicted injury, and attacks by animals.
(4) May include volunteers and workers receiving other types of compensation.
(5) 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.
(6) 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 revised and final. Totals for major categories may include subcategories not shown separately. 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.
Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, in cooperation with state, New York City, District of Columbia, and federal agencies, Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, Dec 17, 2019