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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

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Fatal Work Injuries in South Dakota — 2018

Fatal work injuries totaled 32 in 2018 for South Dakota, 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 South Dakota was up from the previous year. Fatal occupational injuries in the state have ranged from a high of 46 in 1999 to a low of 20 in 2013.

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 South Dakota, transportation incidents resulted in 15 fatal work injuries, and contact with objects and equipment accounted for 7 fatalities. These two major categories accounted for 69 percent of all workplace fatalities in the state. (See table 1.) Worker deaths from transportation incidents were down from 17 over the year, and worker fatalities due to contact with objects and equipment were up from 4. Falls, slips, or trips was the third-most frequent fatal work event with five fatalities compared to the six in the prior year.

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 South Dakota with 12, up from 6 in the previous year. (See table 2.) Transportation incidents resulted in 8 of the 12 fatalities in the industry. The cattle ranching and farming sector accounted for 7 of the 12 workplace fatalities in the private agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting industry.

The private construction industry had seven workplace fatalities in 2018, compared to the six that were reported in the previous year. The specialty trade contractors sector accounted for 5, or 71 percent, of the fatal injuries in this industry. The private transportation and warehousing industry had 5 work-related deaths in 2018; six were reported in 2017.

Occupation

The management occupational group had the highest number of workplace fatalities with 11. (See table 3.) Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers accounted for 9 of the 11 fatalities among managerial workers. The transportation and material moving occupational group had the second-highest number of workplace fatalities with eight. Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers suffered all eight of the work-related deaths within the transportation and material moving group.

Additional highlights

  • Men accounted for 94 percent of the work-related fatalities in South Dakota, similar to the national share. (See table 4.) Transportation incidents made up 50 percent of the fatalities for men in South Dakota.

  • White non-Hispanics accounted for 88 percent of those who died from a workplace injury. Nationwide, this group accounted for 65 percent of work-related deaths.

  • Workers 25-54 years old accounted for 41 percent of the state’s work-related fatalities in 2018, compared to 58 percent of on-the-job fatalities nationally.

  • Of the 32 fatal work injuries in South Dakota, 59 percent worked for wages and salaries; the remainder were self-employed. The most frequent fatal event for both wage and salary workers 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, some of which may be outside the scope of other agencies or regulatory coverage. Comparisons between CFOI counts and those released by other agencies should account for the different coverage requirements and definitions used by each agency. For more information on the scope of CFOI, see www.bls.gov/iif/cfoiscope.htm and 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, South Dakota, 2017–18
Event or exposure (1) 2017 2018
Number Number Percent

Total

30 32 100

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals

2 -- --

Transportation incidents

17 15 47

Aircraft incidents

-- 1 3

Other in-flight crash

-- 1 3

Other in-flight crash into structure, object, or ground

-- 1 3

Roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicle

13 7 22

Roadway collision with other vehicle

4 2 6

Roadway collision--moving perpendicularly

-- 2 6

Roadway noncollision incident

6 5 16

Jack-knifed or overturned, roadway

5 4 13

Nonroadway incident involving motorized land vehicles

-- 6 19

Nonroadway noncollision incident

-- 6 19

Jack-knifed or overturned, nonroadway

-- 6 19

Fires and explosions

-- 1 3

Fires

-- 1 3

Other structural fire without collapse

-- 1 3

Falls, slips, trips

6 5 16

Falls to lower level

6 4 13

Other fall to lower level

4 4 13

Other fall to lower level less than 6 feet

-- 1 3

Exposure to harmful substances or environments

2 -- --

Exposure to electricity

-- 1 3

Direct exposure to electricity

-- 1 3

Direct exposure to electricity, greater than 220 volts

-- 1 3

Contact with objects and equipment

3 7 22

Struck by object or equipment

3 5 16

Struck by powered vehicle--nontransport

3 3 9

Caught in or compressed by equipment or objects

-- 1 3

Caught in running equipment or machinery

-- 1 3

Caught in running equipment or machinery during regular operation

-- 1 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, South Dakota, 2017–18
Industry (1) 2017 2018
Number Number Percent

Total

30 32 100

Private industry

30 31 97

Goods producing

14 20 63

Natural resources and mining

6 12 38

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

6 12 38

Crop production

3 4 13

Oilseed and grain farming

2 4 13

Other grain farming

1 2 6

Oilseed and grain combination farming

1 2 6

Animal production and aquaculture

2 8 25

Cattle ranching and farming

2 7 22

Beef cattle ranching and farming, including feedlots

1 7 22

Beef cattle ranching and farming

1 7 22

Construction

6 7 22

Construction

6 7 22

Specialty trade contractors

4 5 16

Foundation, structure, and building exterior contractors

2 1 3

Siding contractors

-- 1 3

Other specialty trade contractors

-- 4 13

Site preparation contractors

-- 4 13

Nonresidential site preparation contractors

-- 3 9

Manufacturing

2 1 3

Manufacturing

2 1 3

Machinery manufacturing

1 1 3

Other general purpose machinery manufacturing

-- 1 3

All other general purpose machinery manufacturing

-- 1 3

Scale and balance (except laboratory) manufacturing

-- 1 3

Service providing

16 11 34

Trade, transportation, and utilities

11 7 22

Transportation and warehousing

6 5 16

Truck transportation

-- 5 16

Specialized freight trucking

2 3 9

Information

1 -- --

Financial activities

1 -- --

Real estate and rental and leasing

-- 1 3

Real estate

-- 1 3

Lessors of real estate

-- 1 3

Lessors of residential buildings and dwellings

-- 1 3

Professional and business services

-- -- --

Educational and health services

1 1 3

Educational services

-- 1 3

Educational services

-- 1 3

Elementary and secondary schools

-- 1 3

Elementary and secondary schools

-- 1 3

Leisure and hospitality

2 1 3

Accommodation and food services

-- 1 3

Accommodation

-- 1 3

Traveler accommodation

-- 1 3

Hotels (except casino hotels) and motels

-- 1 3

Other services, except public administration

-- -- --

Government (2)

-- 1 3

Federal government

-- -- --

State government

-- -- --

Local government

-- 1 3

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, South Dakota, 2017–18
Occupation (1) 2017 2018
Number Number Percent

Total

30 32 100

Management occupations

5 11 34

Top executives

-- 1 3

Chief executives

-- 1 3

Chief executives

-- 1 3

Other management occupations

5 10 31

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

5 9 28

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

5 9 28

Property, real estate, and community association managers

-- 1 3

Property, real estate, and community association managers

-- 1 3

Business and financial operations occupations

1 -- --

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

-- 1 3

Preschool, primary, secondary, and special education school teachers

-- 1 3

Elementary and middle school teachers

-- 1 3

Elementary school teachers, except special education

-- 1 3

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations

-- -- --

Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations

-- -- --

Healthcare support occupations

-- -- --

Protective service occupations

-- 1 3

Fire fighting and prevention workers

-- 1 3

Firefighters

-- 1 3

Firefighters

-- 1 3

Food preparation and serving related occupations

-- -- --

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations

-- -- --

Personal care and service occupations

1 -- --

Sales and related occupations

2 -- --

Office and administrative support occupations

-- -- --

Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations

2 4 13

Agricultural workers

-- 4 13

Graders and sorters, agricultural products

-- 1 3

Graders and sorters, agricultural products

-- 1 3

Miscellaneous agricultural workers

-- 3 9

Farmworkers, farm, ranch, and aquacultural animals

-- 3 9

Construction and extraction occupations

5 5 16

Supervisors of construction and extraction workers

-- 3 9

First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

-- 3 9

First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

-- 3 9

Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

-- -- --

Production occupations

-- -- --

Transportation and material moving occupations

10 8 25

Motor vehicle operators

7 8 25

Driver/sales workers and truck drivers

7 8 25

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

5 8 25

Military specific occupations (2)

-- -- --

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, South Dakota, 2017–18
Worker characteristics 2017 2018
Number Number Percent

Total

30 32 100

Employee status

Wage and salary workers (1)

19 19 59

Self-employed (2)

11 13 41

Gender

Men

26 30 94

Women

4 -- --

Age (3)

25 to 34 years

4 5 16

35 to 44 years

3 3 9

45 to 54 years

4 5 16

55 to 64 years

10 3 9

65 years and over

8 13 41

Race or ethnic origin (4)

White, non-Hispanic

28 28 88

Black or African-American, non-Hispanic

-- -- --

Hispanic or Latino

-- -- --

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: Wednesday, February 12, 2020