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Wednesday, March 06, 2019

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Fatal Work Injuries in Washington – 2017

Fatal work injuries totaled 84 in 2017 for Washington, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Assistant Commissioner for Regional Operations Richard Holden noted that the number of work-related fatalities in Washington was higher than the 78 fatalities in the previous year. Fatal occupational injuries in the state have ranged from a high of 128 in 1996 to a low of 56 in 2013. (See chart 1.)

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

Type of incident

In Washington, transportation incidents resulted in 30 fatal work injuries and falls, slips, and trips accounted for 26 fatalities. These two major categories accounted for 67 percent of all workplace fatalities in the state. (See table 1.) The number of worker deaths from transportation incidents increased by three over the year, while fatalities from falls, slips, and trips were little changed.

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 common fatal event (17 percent), followed by violence and other injuries by persons or animals (16 percent).

Industry

The private construction industry sector had the highest number of fatalities in Washington with 15, similar to the count in the previous year. (See table 2.) Falls, slips, and trips were the most frequent fatal event in the sector with 10 worker deaths. Ten of those fatally injured in this sector worked as specialty trade contractors.

The private agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting sector had 14 workplace fatalities in 2017. Crop production accounted for almost half of the fatalities in this industry.

Occupation

Transportation and material moving occupations had the highest number of workplace fatalities with 30. (See table 3.) Fifteen of these fatalities were heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers.

Additional highlights:

  • Men accounted for 95 percent of the work-related fatalities in Washington, compared to the 93-percent national share. (See table 4.) Transportation incidents made up 36 percent of the fatalities for men in Washington.
  • White non-Hispanics accounted for 74 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 48 percent of the state’s work-related fatalities in 2017, compared to 55 percent nationwide.
  • Of the 84 fatally-injured workers in Washington, 80 percent worked for wages and salaries; the remainder were self-employed. The most frequent fatal event for wage and salary 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 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, Washington, 2016–17
Event or exposure (1) 2016 2017
Number Number Percent

Total

78 84 100

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals

13 13 15

Intentional injury by person

13 13 15

Homicides (Intentional injury by other person)

9 6 7

Shooting by other person--intentional

7 4 5

Suicides (Self-inflicted injury--intentional)

4 7 8

Transportation incidents

27 30 36

Aircraft incidents

-- 1 1

Other in-flight crash

-- 1 1

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

-- 1 1

Roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicle

15 18 21

Roadway collision with other vehicle

-- 9 11

Roadway collision--moving in opposite directions, oncoming

-- 6 7

Roadway collision with object other than vehicle

8 4 5

Vehicle struck object or animal on side of roadway

7 4 5

Roadway noncollision incident

5 5 6

Jack-knifed or overturned, roadway

5 5 6

Nonroadway incident involving motorized land vehicles

4 3 4

Falls, slips, trips

24 26 31

Falls to lower level

22 20 24

Other fall to lower level

16 14 17

Exposure to harmful substances or environments

3 3 4

Contact with objects and equipment

8 10 12

Struck by object or equipment

7 9 11

Struck by powered vehicle--nontransport

-- 4 5

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, Washington, 2016–17
Industry (1) 2016 2017
Number Number Percent

Total

78 84 100

Private industry

73 80 95

Natural resources and mining

16 14 17

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

15 14 17

Construction

14 15 18

Construction

14 15 18

Specialty trade contractors

7 10 12

Foundation, structure, and building exterior contractors

3 5 6

Manufacturing

4 7 8

Manufacturing

4 7 8

Trade, transportation, and utilities

16 26 31

Retail trade

6 10 12

Transportation and warehousing

10 10 12

Truck transportation

8 7 8

Financial activities

6 4 5

Professional and business services

8 8 10

Administrative and waste services

8 8 10

Administrative and support services

8 6 7

Services to buildings and dwellings

5 6 7

Landscaping services

5 4 5

Leisure and hospitality

-- 1 1

Other services, except public administration

3 1 1

Other services, except public administration

3 1 1

Repair and maintenance

-- 1 1

Government (2)

5 4 5

Federal government

-- 1 1

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, Washington, 2016–17
Occupation (1) 2016 2017
Number Number Percent

Total

78 84 100

Management occupations

4 2 2

Other management occupations

3 2 2

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

-- 1 1

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

-- 1 1

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations

5 5 6

Grounds maintenance workers

4 3 4

Grounds maintenance workers

4 3 4

Landscaping and groundskeeping workers

3 1 1

Sales and related occupations

6 7 8

Supervisors of sales workers

1 3 4

First-line supervisors of sales workers

1 3 4

Construction and extraction occupations

14 14 17

Construction trades workers

9 13 15

Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

7 8 10

Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers

-- -- --

Other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

6 4 5

Production occupations

-- 4 5

Transportation and material moving occupations

18 30 36

Air transportation workers

-- 1 1

Aircraft pilots and flight engineers

-- 1 1

Commercial pilots

-- 1 1

Motor vehicle operators

13 18 21

Driver/sales workers and truck drivers

13 18 21

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

11 15 18

Material moving workers

3 7 8

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, Washington, 2016–17
Worker characteristics 2016 2017
Number Number Percent

Total

78 84 100

Employee status

Wage and salary workers (1)

59 67 80

Self-employed (2)

19 17 20

Gender

Men

70 80 95

Women

8 4 5

Age (3)

20 to 24 years

5 3 4

25 to 34 years

9 14 17

35 to 44 years

13 11 13

45 to 54 years

19 15 18

55 to 64 years

18 24 29

65 years and over

13 16 19

Race or ethnic origin (4)

White (non-Hispanic)

60 62 74

Black or African-American (non-Hispanic)

-- 4 5

Hispanic or Latino

13 9 11

Asian (non-Hispanic)

-- 1 1

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, March 06, 2019