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Fatal Work Injuries in Ohio — 2017

Fatal work injuries totaled 174 in 2017 for Ohio, 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 Ohio was up from the previous year. Fatal occupational injuries in the state have ranged from a high of 222 in 1999 to a low of 137 in 2009. (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 Ohio, transportation incidents resulted in 52 fatal work injuries. Violence and other injuries by persons or animals accounted for 32 fatalities; falls, slips, or trips resulted in 31 fatal work injuries. These three major categories accounted for 66 percent of all workplace fatalities in the state. (See table 1.) Compared to 2016, the number of worker deaths in each of these three categories was little changed.

Exposure to harmful substances or environments resulted in 28 fatal work injuries and contact with objects or equipment accounted for 24 fatalities. Over the year, the number of worker deaths from exposure to harmful substances or environments increased from 25, while worker fatalities due to contact with objects or equipment was unchanged.

Nationally, transportation incidents were the most frequent fatal workplace event in 2017, accounting for 40 percent of fatal work injuries. 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 Ohio with 36, up from 32 in the previous year. (See table 2.) Transportation incidents resulted in 17 of the 36 fatalities in the industry. The private construction industry had 32 workplace fatalities, up from 23 in the previous year. The specialty trade contractors sector accounted for 20 of the 32 workplace fatalities in the construction industry.

Occupation

The transportation and material moving occupational group had the highest number of workplace fatalities with 50. (See table 3.) Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers suffered 33 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 29, followed by production occupations with 15. Construction trades workers accounted for 25 of the 29 fatalities within the construction and extraction group. Metal workers and plastic workers accounted for 5 of the 15 production worker fatalities.

Additional highlights

  • Men accounted for 87 percent of the work-related fatalities in Ohio, compared to the 93-percent national share. (See table 4.) Transportation incidents made up 31 percent of the fatalities for men in Ohio.

  • White non-Hispanics accounted for 79 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 54 percent of the state’s work-related fatalities in 2017, compared to 55 percent of on-the-job fatalities nationally.

  • Of the 174 fatally-injured workers in Ohio, 85 percent worked for wages and salaries; the remainder were self-employed. The most frequent fatal event for wage and salary workers was transportation incidents; for self-employed workers, the most frequent fatal event was violence and other injuries by persons or animals.


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 and www.bls.gov/opub/hom/cfoi/concepts.htm.

Acknowledgments. BLS thanks the Ohio BWC Division of Safety and Hygiene 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 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, Ohio, 2016–17
Event or exposure (1)20162017
NumberNumberPercent

Total

164174100

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals

313218

Intentional injury by person

303017

Homicides (Intentional injury by other person)

131810

Shooting by other person--intentional

12169

Stabbing, cutting, slashing, piercing

--11

Suicides (Self-inflicted injury--intentional)

17127

Shooting--intentional self-harm

674

Hanging, strangulation, asphyxiation--intentional self-harm

742

Drug overdose--intentional self-harm

111

Transportation incidents

545230

Rail vehicle incidents

--11

Pedestrian struck by rail vehicle--transportation incident

--11

Pedestrian vehicular incident

11159

Pedestrian struck by vehicle in work zone

--32

Pedestrian struck by forward-moving vehicle in work zone

--32

Pedestrian struck by vehicle in roadway

474

Pedestrian struck by forward-moving vehicle in roadway

374

Pedestrian struck by vehicle in nonroadway area

411

Pedestrian struck by vehicle backing up in nonroadway area

--11

Roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicle

313118

Roadway collision with other vehicle

151810

Roadway collision--moving in same direction

642

Roadway collision--moving in opposite directions, oncoming

242

Roadway collision--moving perpendicularly

453

Roadway collision--moving and standing vehicle in roadway

232

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

121

Roadway collision with object other than vehicle

1285

Vehicle struck object or animal on side of roadway

1185

Roadway noncollision incident

453

Jack-knifed or overturned, roadway

453

Nonroadway incident involving motorized land vehicles

1053

Nonroadway noncollision incident

753

Jack-knifed or overturned, nonroadway

542

Fires and explosions

142

Fires

--11

Explosions

132

Explosion of nonpressurized vapors, gases, or liquids

--11

Falls, slips, trips

293118

Falls on same level

663

Fall on same level due to tripping

--11

Fall on same level due to tripping over self

--11

Falls to lower level

232514

Fall through surface or existing opening

453

Other fall to lower level

171911

Other fall to lower level less than 6 feet

242

Other fall to lower level 16 to 20 feet

--21

Other fall to lower level 21 to 25 feet

132

Exposure to harmful substances or environments

252816

Exposure to electricity

253

Exposure to temperature extremes

--32

Exposure to environmental cold

111

Exposure to other harmful substances

171911

Nonmedical use of drugs or alcohol--unintentional overdose

171710

Exposure to oxygen deficiency, n.e.c.

411

Choking on object or substance

211

Contact with objects and equipment

242414

Struck by object or equipment

161810

Struck by powered vehicle--nontransport

1053

Caught between rolling powered vehicle and other object

221

Struck by falling part of powered vehicle still attached

--32

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

474

Struck by discharged or flying object

--32

Struck by dislodged flying object, particle

--32

Caught in or compressed by equipment or objects

442

Overexertion and bodily reaction

------

Overexertion involving outside sources

------

Overexertion in lifting, lowering

--11

Overexertion in lifting--single episode

--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, Ohio, 2016–17
Industry (1)20162017
NumberNumberPercent

Total

164174100

Private industry

15516293

Natural resources and mining

19127

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

19116

Crop production

1153

Animal production and aquaculture

563

Cattle ranching and farming

432

Dairy cattle and milk production

132

Aquaculture

--11

Aquaculture

--11

Other animal production

--21

Horses and other equine production

--21

Construction

233218

Construction

233218

Construction of buildings

453

Residential building construction

--32

Residential building construction

--32

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

--11

Heavy and civil engineering construction

553

Utility system construction

332

Specialty trade contractors

142011

Foundation, structure, and building exterior contractors

4116

Framing contractors

--21

Roofing contractors

--85

Building equipment contractors

--32

Electrical contractors

--11

Residential electrical contractors

--11

Other specialty trade contractors

353

All other specialty trade contractors

--32

All other residential specialty trade contractors

--21

Manufacturing

14159

Manufacturing

14159

Food manufacturing

------

Animal slaughtering and processing

------

Animal slaughtering and processing

------

Animal (except poultry) slaughtering

--11

Nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing

111

Other nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing

--11

All other nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing

--11

Fabricated metal product manufacturing

321

Forging and stamping

111

Forging and stamping

111

Architectural and structural metals manufacturing

--11

Ornamental and architectural metal products manufacturing

--11

Metal window and door manufacturing

--11

Machinery manufacturing

--32

Industrial machinery manufacturing

--11

Industrial machinery manufacturing

--11

Food product machinery manufacturing

--11

Metalworking machinery manufacturing

111

Metalworking machinery manufacturing

111

Machine tool manufacturing

--11

Other general purpose machinery manufacturing

--11

All other general purpose machinery manufacturing

--11

Packaging machinery manufacturing

--11

Transportation equipment manufacturing

------

Motor vehicle parts manufacturing

------

Other motor vehicle parts manufacturing

--11

Trade, transportation, and utilities

425632

Utilities

111

Utilities

111

Electric power generation, transmission and distribution

111

Electric power transmission, control, and distribution

--11

Electric power distribution

--11

Wholesale trade

--95

Merchant wholesalers, durable goods

--42

Motor vehicle and motor vehicle parts and supplies merchant wholesalers

--11

Professional and commercial equipment and supplies merchant wholesalers

--11

Ophthalmic goods merchant wholesalers

--11

Metal and mineral (except petroleum) merchant wholesalers

--11

Metal service centers and other metal merchant wholesalers

--11

Electrical and electronic goods merchant wholesalers

--11

Merchant wholesalers, nondurable goods

--53

Grocery and related product wholesalers

--21

Meat and meat product merchant wholesalers

--11

Fresh fruit and vegetable merchant wholesalers

--11

Retail trade

8106

Motor vehicle and parts dealers

1----

Automobile dealers

121

Used car dealers

--21

Building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers

--11

Building material and supplies dealers

--11

Home centers

--11

Food and beverage stores

2----

Grocery stores

211

Convenience stores

211

Health and personal care stores

--11

Health and personal care stores

--11

Cosmetics, beauty supplies, and perfume stores

--11

Gasoline stations

111

Gasoline stations

111

Gasoline stations with convenience stores

111

Miscellaneous store retailers

--11

Used merchandise stores

--11

Transportation and warehousing

323621

Truck transportation

262112

General freight trucking

221710

General freight trucking, local

632

General freight trucking, long-distance

16127

General freight trucking, long-distance, truckload

1374

Specialized freight trucking

342

Specialized freight (except used goods) trucking, local

--11

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

132

Transit and ground passenger transportation

--21

Taxi and limousine service

--21

Taxi service

--21

Pipeline transportation

--11

Pipeline transportation of natural gas

--11

Support activities for transportation

--85

Freight transportation arrangement

--42

Other support activities for transportation

--21

Other support activities for transportation

--21

Warehousing and storage

132

Warehousing and storage

132

Financial activities

442

Real estate and rental and leasing

232

Real estate

2----

Offices of real estate agents and brokers

111

Professional and business services

162213

Professional and technical services

311

Professional, scientific, and technical services

311

Other professional, scientific, and technical services

111

Veterinary services

--11

Administrative and waste services

132112

Administrative and support services

91810

Business support services

--21

Telephone call centers

--11

Other business support services

--11

Investigation and security services

--21

Investigation, guard, and armored car services

--21

Security guards and patrol services

--11

Armored car services

--11

Services to buildings and dwellings

7116

Landscaping services

7116

Other support services

1----

Convention and trade show organizers

--11

Waste management and remediation services

432

Waste collection

--11

Waste collection

--11

Solid waste collection

--11

Waste treatment and disposal

111

Waste treatment and disposal

111

Solid waste landfill

111

Remediation and other waste management services

--11

Materials recovery facilities

--11

Educational and health services

995

Educational services

111

Educational services

111

Elementary and secondary schools

--11

Health care and social assistance

885

Nursing and residential care facilities

232

Nursing care facilities (skilled nursing facilities)

--21

Residential intellectual and developmental disability, mental health, and substance abuse facilities

--11

Residential mental health and substance abuse facilities

--11

Social assistance

232

Individual and family services

121

Services for the elderly and persons with disabilities

111

Vocational rehabilitation services

111

Leisure and hospitality

1663

Arts, entertainment, and recreation

421

Performing arts, spectator sports, and related industries

311

Performing arts companies

111

Amusement, gambling, and recreation industries

111

Other amusement and recreation industries

111

Fitness and recreational sports centers

--11

Accommodation and food services

1242

Food services and drinking places

1142

Drinking places (alcoholic beverages)

--21

Restaurants and other eating places

921

Restaurants and other eating places

921

Limited-service restaurants

721

Other services, except public administration

1163

Other services, except public administration

1163

Repair and maintenance

632

Automotive repair and maintenance

411

Automotive mechanical and electrical repair and maintenance

311

General automotive repair

311

Commercial machinery repair and maintenance

111

Personal and laundry services

311

Personal care services

--11

Hair, nail, and skin care services

--11

Barber shops

--11

Government (2)

9127

Federal government

--32

Local government

774

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, Ohio, 2016–17
Occupation (1)20162017
NumberNumberPercent

Total

164174100

Management occupations

16106

Operations specialties managers

------

Industrial production managers

--11

Industrial production managers

--11

Other management occupations

1485

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

1263

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

1263

Postmasters and mail superintendents

--21

Postmasters and mail superintendents

--21

Community and social service occupations

------

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

--42

Social workers

--11

Mental health and substance abuse social workers

--11

Miscellaneous community and social service specialists

--11

Social and human service assistants

--11

Education, training, and library occupations

111

Preschool, primary, secondary, and special education school teachers

111

Secondary school teachers

--11

Secondary school teachers, except special and career/technical education

--11

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations

4----

Entertainers and performers, sports and related workers

--11

Miscellaneous entertainers and performers, sports and related workers

--11

Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations

553

Health diagnosing and treating practitioners

--32

Veterinarians

--11

Veterinarians

--11

Registered nurses

--11

Registered nurses

--11

Health technologists and technicians

2----

Opticians, dispensing

--11

Opticians, dispensing

--11

Healthcare support occupations

1----

Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides

1----

Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides

1----

Nursing assistants

--11

Protective service occupations

785

Supervisors of protective service workers

--11

First-line supervisors of law enforcement workers

--11

First-line supervisors of police and detectives

--11

Fire fighting and prevention workers

111

Firefighters

111

Firefighters

111

Law enforcement workers

532

Police officers

532

Police and sheriff's patrol officers

532

Other protective service workers

--32

Security guards and gaming surveillance officers

--21

Security guards

--21

Food preparation and serving related occupations

532

Supervisors of food preparation and serving workers

--11

Supervisors of food preparation and serving workers

--11

First-line supervisors of food preparation and serving workers

--11

Cooks and food preparation workers

--21

Cooks

--21

Cooks, restaurant

--21

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations

12116

Supervisors of building and grounds cleaning and maintenance workers

--11

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

--11

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

--11

Grounds maintenance workers

995

Grounds maintenance workers

995

Landscaping and groundskeeping workers

574

Tree trimmers and pruners

421

Personal care and service occupations

--53

Supervisors of personal care and service workers

--11

First-line supervisors of personal service workers

--11

First-line supervisors of personal service workers

--11

Animal care and service workers

--11

Animal trainers

--11

Animal trainers

--11

Personal appearance workers

--11

Barbers, hairdressers, hairstylists and cosmetologists

--11

Barbers

--11

Other personal care and service workers

------

Recreation and fitness workers

--11

Recreation workers

--11

Sales and related occupations

1174

Supervisors of sales workers

421

First-line supervisors of sales workers

421

First-line supervisors of retail sales workers

421

Retail sales workers

--21

Cashiers

--11

Cashiers

--11

Retail salespersons

--11

Retail salespersons

--11

Sales representatives, services

--11

Miscellaneous sales representatives, services

--11

Other sales and related workers

321

Real estate brokers and sales agents

111

Real estate brokers

--11

Miscellaneous sales and related workers

--11

Office and administrative support occupations

--32

Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers

------

Postal service workers

--11

Postal service mail carriers

--11

Secretaries and administrative assistants

--11

Secretaries and administrative assistants

--11

Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive

--11

Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations

532

Agricultural workers

432

Miscellaneous agricultural workers

432

Farmworkers, farm, ranch, and aquacultural animals

111

Construction and extraction occupations

212917

Supervisors of construction and extraction workers

--32

First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

--32

First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

--32

Construction trades workers

182514

Carpenters

374

Carpenters

374

Construction laborers

442

Construction laborers

442

Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

--32

Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

--32

Roofers

374

Roofers

374

Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

11148

Electrical and electronic equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers

211

Miscellaneous electrical and electronic equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers

111

Electronic home entertainment equipment installers and repairers

--11

Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers

542

Automotive technicians and repairers

332

Automotive service technicians and mechanics

332

Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists

--11

Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists

--11

Other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

374

Line installers and repairers

--32

Electrical power-line installers and repairers

--11

Maintenance and repair workers, general

--32

Maintenance and repair workers, general

--32

Production occupations

10159

Assemblers and fabricators

--11

Miscellaneous assemblers and fabricators

--11

Food processing workers

--32

Butchers and other meat, poultry, and fish processing workers

------

Slaughterers and meat packers

--11

Metal workers and plastic workers

553

Machinists

--11

Machinists

--11

Plant and system operators

111

Miscellaneous plant and system operators

--11

Petroleum pump system operators, refinery operators, and gaugers

--11

Other production occupations

--42

Extruding, forming, pressing, and compacting machine setters, operators, and tenders

--11

Extruding, forming, pressing, and compacting machine setters, operators, and tenders

--11

Miscellaneous production workers

------

Molders, shapers, and casters, except metal and plastic

--11

Transportation and material moving occupations

495029

Motor vehicle operators

344124

Driver/sales workers and truck drivers

333822

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

283319

Light truck or delivery services drivers

--32

Taxi drivers and chauffeurs

--21

Taxi drivers and chauffeurs

--21

Material moving workers

1295

Crane and tower operators

--11

Crane and tower operators

--11

Laborers and material movers, hand

663

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

563

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, Ohio, 2016–17
Worker characteristics20162017
NumberNumberPercent

Total

164174100

Employee status

Wage and salary workers (1)

12414885

Self-employed (2)

402615

Gender

Men

15015287

Women

142213

Age (3)

18 to 19 years

142

20 to 24 years

995

25 to 34 years

322917

35 to 44 years

242716

45 to 54 years

343822

55 to 64 years

314425

65 years and over

312213

Race or ethnic origin (4)

White (non-Hispanic)

13813879

Black or African-American (non-Hispanic)

12159

Hispanic or Latino

10159

Asian (non-Hispanic)

353

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: Thursday, April 18, 2019