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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

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Fatal Work Injuries in Illinois — 2017

Fatal work injuries totaled 163 in 2017 for Illinois, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Assistant Commissioner for Regional Operations Charlene Peiffer noted that the number of work-related fatalities in Illinois was down from the previous year. Fatal occupational injuries in the state have ranged from a high of 262 in 1996 to a low of 146 in 2012. (See chart 1.)

Nationwide, a total of 5,147 fatal work injuries were recorded in 2017, down slightly from the 5,190 fatal injuries reported in 2016, according to the results from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) program.

Type of incident

In Illinois, transportation incidents resulted in 61 fatal work injuries and falls, slips, or trips acounted for 27 fatalities. These two major categories accounted for 54 percent of all workplace fatalities in the state. (See table 1.) Over the year, the number of worker deaths from transportation incidents increased from 54, while worker fatalities due to falls, slips, or trips were down from 37.

Contact with objects or equipment was the third-most frequent fatal work event with 23 fatalities, down from 28 in the prior year. Exposure to harmful substances or environments resulted in 22 work-related deaths compared to 14 in 2016.

Nationally, transportation incidents were the most frequent fatal workplace event in 2017, accounting for 40 percent of fatal work injuries. (See chart 2.) Falls, slips, or trips was the second-most frequent type of event (17 percent), followed by violence and other injuries by persons or animals (16 percent) and contact with objects and equipment (14 percent).

Industry

The private transportation and warehousing industry had the highest number of fatalities in Illinois with 42, up from 35 in the previous year. (See table 2.) Transportation incidents resulted in 23 of the 42 fatalities in the sector.

The private construction industry had 26 workplace fatalities, down from 29 in the previous year. The specialty trade contractors sector accounted for 21 of the 26 workplace fatalities in the construction industry.

Occupation

The transportation and material moving occupational group had the highest number of workplace fatalities with 59. (See table 3.) Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers suffered 34 of the work-related deaths within the transportation and material moving group. The construction and extraction occupational group had the second highest number of workplace fatalities with 25, followed by management occupations with 14. Construction trades workers accounted for 20 of the 25 fatalities among construction and extraction workers. Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers accounted for 10 of the 14 management occupational fatalities.

Additional highlights

  • Men accounted for 149 or 91 percent of the work-related fatalities in Illinois, compared to 93 percent nationwide. (See table 4.) Transportation incidents made up 37 percent of the fatalities for men in Illinois.
  • White non-Hispanics accounted for 80 percent of those who died from a workplace injury. Nationwide, this group accounted for 67 percent of work-related deaths.
  • Workers 25-54 years old accounted for 52 percent of the state’s work-related fatalities in 2017, compared to 55 percent of on-the-job fatalities nationally.
  • Of the 163 fatally-injured workers in Illinois, 124, or 76 percent, worked for wages and salaries; the remainder were self-employed. The most frequent fatal event for both groups of workers was transportation incidents.

Technical Note

Background of the program. The Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), part of the BLS Occupational Safety and Health Statistics (OSHS) program, compiles a count of all fatal work injuries occurring in the U.S. during the calendar year. The CFOI program uses diverse 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 2017 national data, over 23,400 unique source documents were reviewed as part of the data collection process. For technical information and definitions for CFOI, please go to 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/iif/cfoiscope.htm.

Acknowledgments. BLS thanks the Illinois Department of Public Health 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.

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Table 1. Fatal occupational injuries by event or exposure, Illinois, 2016–17
Event or exposure (1)20162017
NumberNumberPercent

Total

171163100

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals

352012

Intentional injury by person

321710

Homicides (Intentional injury by other person)

22138

Shooting by other person--intentional

1874

Stabbing, cutting, slashing, piercing

232

Hitting, kicking, beating, shoving

111

Strangulation by other person

111

Suicides (Self-inflicted injury--intentional)

1042

Shooting--intentional self-harm

532

Injury by person--unintentional or intent unknown

--11

Injury by other person--unintentional or intent unknown

--11

Transportation incidents

546137

Rail vehicle incidents

--64

Collision between rail vehicle and another vehicle

--53

Collision between rail and roadway vehicles

--53

Pedestrian vehicular incident

9117

Pedestrian struck by vehicle in work zone

311

Pedestrian struck by vehicle propelled by another vehicle in work zone

--11

Pedestrian struck by vehicle on side of road

--53

Pedestrian struck by forward-moving vehicle on side of road

--53

Pedestrian struck by vehicle in nonroadway area

542

Pedestrian struck by forward-moving vehicle in nonroadway area

--32

Pedestrian struck by vehicle backing up in nonroadway area

211

Water vehicle incidents

--11

Capsized or sinking water vehicle

--11

Roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicle

373119

Roadway collision with other vehicle

212012

Roadway collision--moving in same direction

7106

Roadway collision--moving in opposite directions, oncoming

853

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

--11

Roadway collision with object other than vehicle

1085

Vehicle struck object or animal in roadway

111

Vehicle struck object or animal on side of roadway

874

Roadway noncollision incident

632

Jack-knifed or overturned, roadway

632

Nonroadway incident involving motorized land vehicles

6127

Nonroadway collision with other vehicle

111

Collision between a moving and standing vehicle, nonroadway

111

Nonroadway noncollision incident

3106

Jack-knifed or overturned, nonroadway

185

Ran off driving surface, nonroadway

--11

Fires and explosions

374

Explosions

164

Explosion of nonpressurized vapors, gases, or liquids

142

Explosion of pressure vessel, piping, or tire

--21

Falls, slips, trips

372717

Falls on same level

1174

Fall onto or against object on same level, n.e.c.

--11

Falls to lower level

242012

Other fall to lower level

191811

Other fall to lower level less than 6 feet

442

Other fall to lower level 6 to 10 feet

--42

Other fall to lower level more than 30 feet

253

Exposure to harmful substances or environments

142213

Exposure to electricity

342

Direct exposure to electricity

------

Direct exposure to electricity, greater than 220 volts

--11

Exposure to temperature extremes

--11

Exposure to environmental heat

--11

Exposure to other harmful substances

101710

Nonmedical use of drugs or alcohol--unintentional overdose

8159

Inhalation of harmful substance

--21

Inhalation of harmful substance--single episode

--21

Contact with objects and equipment

282314

Struck by object or equipment

221912

Struck by powered vehicle--nontransport

1085

Caught between rolling powered vehicle and other object

--11

Struck or run over by rolling powered vehicle

--21

Struck by falling part of powered vehicle still attached

--11

Struck by powered vehicle tipping over--nontransport

311

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

964

Struck by object falling from vehicle or machinery--other than vehicle part

242

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

------

Excavation or trenching cave-in

--11

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, Illinois, 2016–17
Industry (1)20162017
NumberNumberPercent

Total

171163100

Private industry

16114891

Natural resources and mining

191710

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

17159

Crop production

14106

Oilseed and grain farming

332

Soybean farming

--11

Other grain farming

--21

Oilseed and grain combination farming

--21

Other crop farming

221

Hay farming

--11

All other crop farming

211

Animal production and aquaculture

--32

Cattle ranching and farming

--11

Dairy cattle and milk production

--11

Other animal production

--11

Horses and other equine production

--11

Fishing, hunting and trapping

--11

Fishing

--11

Fishing

--11

Finfish fishing

--11

Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (2)

221

Mining (except oil and gas)

--11

Nonmetallic mineral mining and quarrying

--11

Stone mining and quarrying

--11

Dimension stone mining and quarrying

--11

Other nonmetallic mineral mining and quarrying

------

All other nonmetallic mineral mining

221

Support activities for mining

211

Support activities for mining

211

Support activities for mining

211

Support activities for oil and gas operations

111

Construction

292616

Construction

292616

Construction of buildings

332

Residential building construction

--32

Residential building construction

--32

New single-family housing construction (except for-sale builders)

--11

Heavy and civil engineering construction

521

Utility system construction

311

Water and sewer line and related structures construction

211

Highway, street, and bridge construction

--11

Highway, street, and bridge construction

--11

Specialty trade contractors

212113

Foundation, structure, and building exterior contractors

10117

Structural steel and precast concrete contractors

411

Masonry contractors

--11

Roofing contractors

253

Building equipment contractors

474

Electrical contractors

332

Plumbing, heating, and air-conditioning contractors

--32

Manufacturing

9127

Manufacturing

9127

Food manufacturing

--21

Animal food manufacturing

--11

Animal food manufacturing

--11

Dog and cat food manufacturing

--11

Bakeries and tortilla manufacturing

--11

Bread and bakery product manufacturing

--11

Retail bakeries

--11

Nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing

--11

Cement and concrete product manufacturing

--11

Cement manufacturing

--11

Primary metal manufacturing

221

Iron and steel mills and ferroalloy manufacturing

111

Iron and steel mills and ferroalloy manufacturing

111

Foundries

--11

Ferrous metal foundries

--11

Steel foundries (except investment)

--11

Fabricated metal product manufacturing

--64

Architectural and structural metals manufacturing

--32

Plate work and fabricated structural product manufacturing

--11

Fabricated structural metal manufacturing

--11

Trade, transportation, and utilities

585836

Wholesale trade

11106

Merchant wholesalers, durable goods

564

Metal and mineral (except petroleum) merchant wholesalers

--11

Metal service centers and other metal merchant wholesalers

--11

Merchant wholesalers, nondurable goods

642

Paper and paper product merchant wholesalers

--11

Printing and writing paper merchant wholesalers

--11

Grocery and related product wholesalers

1----

Meat and meat product merchant wholesalers

--11

Farm product raw material merchant wholesalers

--11

Grain and field bean merchant wholesalers

--11

Retail trade

1142

Building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers

--21

Building material and supplies dealers

--21

Home centers

--21

Food and beverage stores

--11

Grocery stores

--11

Convenience stores

--11

Transportation and warehousing

354226

Truck transportation

272616

General freight trucking

151811

General freight trucking, local

785

General freight trucking, long-distance

785

General freight trucking, long-distance, truckload

221

Specialized freight trucking

1185

Specialized freight (except used goods) trucking, local

311

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

874

Transit and ground passenger transportation

242

Taxi and limousine service

232

Taxi service

232

Support activities for transportation

242

Support activities for road transportation

142

Motor vehicle towing

132

Couriers and messengers

--53

Couriers

132

Local messengers and local delivery

--21

Warehousing and storage

--32

Warehousing and storage

--32

General warehousing and storage

--32

Financial activities

332

Finance and insurance

------

Securities, commodity contracts, and other financial investments and related activities

------

Securities and commodity contracts intermediation and brokerage

--11

Commodity contracts dealing

--11

Professional and business services

14138

Professional and technical services

411

Professional, scientific, and technical services

411

Management, scientific, and technical consulting services

--11

Management consulting services

--11

Marketing consulting services

--11

Administrative and waste services

10117

Administrative and support services

885

Travel arrangement and reservation services

--11

Travel agencies

--11

Services to buildings and dwellings

453

Exterminating and pest control services

--11

Landscaping services

332

Waste management and remediation services

232

Waste collection

--21

Waste collection

--21

Educational and health services

532

Educational services

111

Educational services

111

Colleges, universities, and professional schools

--11

Leisure and hospitality

11106

Arts, entertainment, and recreation

464

Performing arts, spectator sports, and related industries

421

Spectator sports

311

Spectator sports

311

Promoters of performing arts, sports, and similar events

--11

Promoters of performing arts, sports, and similar events with facilities

--11

Amusement, gambling, and recreation industries

--42

Other amusement and recreation industries

--42

Golf courses and country clubs

--11

Fitness and recreational sports centers

--11

Accommodation and food services

742

Food services and drinking places

642

Restaurants and other eating places

432

Restaurants and other eating places

432

Other services, except public administration

1164

Other services, except public administration

1164

Repair and maintenance

632

Automotive repair and maintenance

632

Other automotive repair and maintenance

--11

Car washes

--11

Personal and laundry services

311

Death care services

--11

Funeral homes and funeral services

--11

Religious, grantmaking, civic, professional, and similar organizations

2----

Religious organizations

--11

Government (3)

10159

Federal government

--32

State government

--42

Local government

885

Footnotes:
(1) Industry data are based on the North American Industry Classification System, 2012.
(2) Includes fatal injuries at all establishments categorized as Mining (Sector 21) in the North American Industry Classification System, 2012, including establishments not governed by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) rules and reporting, such as those in Oil and Gas Extraction.
(3) 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, Illinois, 2016–17
Occupation (1)20162017
NumberNumberPercent

Total

171163100

Management occupations

19149

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

--11

Public relations and fundraising managers

--11

Public relations and fundraising managers

--11

Other management occupations

18127

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

14106

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

14106

Construction managers

--11

Construction managers

--11

Community and social service occupations

------

Counselors, social workers, and other community and social service specialists

--11

Social workers

--11

Religious workers

--11

Clergy

--11

Clergy

--11

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations

332

Entertainers and performers, sports and related workers

321

Athletes, coaches, umpires, and related workers

--21

Athletes and sports competitors

--11

Umpires, referees, and other sports officials

--11

Protective service occupations

885

Law enforcement workers

364

Bailiffs, correctional officers, and jailers

111

Correctional officers and jailers

111

Police officers

253

Police and sheriff's patrol officers

253

Other protective service workers

521

Security guards and gaming surveillance officers

411

Security guards

411

Miscellaneous protective service workers

111

Food preparation and serving related occupations

--42

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations

674

Supervisors of building and grounds cleaning and maintenance workers

--32

First-line supervisors of building and grounds cleaning and maintenance workers

--32

First-line supervisors of housekeeping and janitorial workers

--11

Grounds maintenance workers

3----

Grounds maintenance workers

3----

Landscaping and groundskeeping workers

--11

Personal care and service occupations

532

Supervisors of personal care and service workers

--11

First-line supervisors of personal service workers

--11

First-line supervisors of personal service workers

--11

Funeral service workers

--11

Morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors

--11

Morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors

--11

Other personal care and service workers

--11

Recreation and fitness workers

--11

Recreation workers

--11

Sales and related occupations

1274

Supervisors of sales workers

742

First-line supervisors of sales workers

742

First-line supervisors of non-retail sales workers

--32

Retail sales workers

--11

Cashiers

--11

Cashiers

--11

Sales representatives, services

--11

Travel agents

--11

Travel agents

--11

Office and administrative support occupations

--64

Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers

--32

Postal service workers

--21

Postal service mail carriers

--21

Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations

432

Fishing and hunting workers

--11

Fishers and related fishing workers

--11

Fishers and related fishing workers

--11

Construction and extraction occupations

312515

Supervisors of construction and extraction workers

432

First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

432

First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

432

Construction trades workers

222012

Brickmasons, blockmasons, and stonemasons

--11

Brickmasons and blockmasons

--11

Construction laborers

864

Construction laborers

864

Electricians

321

Electricians

321

Roofers

153

Roofers

153

Structural iron and steel workers

111

Structural iron and steel workers

111

Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

1485

Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers

842

Automotive technicians and repairers

511

Automotive service technicians and mechanics

411

Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists

--21

Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists

--21

Heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians and mechanics

--11

Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines

--11

Other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

642

Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers

--11

Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers

--11

Industrial machinery installation, repair, and maintenance workers

------

Industrial machinery mechanics

--11

Production occupations

685

Supervisors of production workers

--32

First-line supervisors of production and operating workers

--32

First-line supervisors of production and operating workers

--32

Food processing workers

--11

Butchers and other meat, poultry, and fish processing workers

--11

Butchers and meat cutters

--11

Transportation and material moving occupations

515936

Supervisors of transportation and material moving workers

------

First-line supervisors of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators

--11

First-line supervisors of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators

--11

Motor vehicle operators

434729

Driver/sales workers and truck drivers

414125

Driver/sales workers

121

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

363421

Light truck or delivery services drivers

453

Taxi drivers and chauffeurs

242

Taxi drivers and chauffeurs

242

Material moving workers

896

Laborers and material movers, hand

564

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

553

Packers and packagers, hand

--11

Footnotes:
(1) Occupation data are based on the Standard Occupational Classification system, 2010.

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 4. Fatal occupational injuries by selected demographic characteristics, Illinois, 2016–17
Worker characteristics20162017
NumberNumberPercent

Total

171163100

Employee status

Wage and salary workers (1)

12912476

Self-employed (2)

423924

Gender

Men

15714991

Women

14149

Age (3)

Under 16 years

--11

16 to 17 years

--11

18 to 19 years

142

20 to 24 years

842

25 to 34 years

252515

35 to 44 years

333220

45 to 54 years

352817

55 to 64 years

483823

65 years and over

213018

Race or ethnic origin (4)

White (non-Hispanic)

12213080

Black or African-American (non-Hispanic)

19117

Hispanic or Latino

271710

Asian (non-Hispanic)

342

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 Hispanic and Latino workers.

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: Wednesday, February 13, 2019