Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities

Fatal occupational injuries in Massachusetts

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Fatal occupational injuries by selected demographic characteristics and major events or exposures, Massachusetts
Selected
characteristics
2008
Total Event or exposure (1)
Contact
with objects
and
equipment
Falls Exposure to
harmful
substances or
environments
Transpor-
tation
incidents
Fires
or
explosions
Assaults
and
violent
acts

Total

68 9 16 10 20 11

Employee Status

Wage and Salary (2)

59 7 12 9 18 11

Self Employed (3)

9 4

Sex

Men

64 9 16 10 18 9

Women

4

Age

Under 16

16-17

18-19

20-24

4

25-34

11 3 3

35-44

14 4 3 3

45-54

20 7 4 4 3

55-64

13 5 4

65 and older

6 4

Race or ethnic origin (4)

White, non-Hispanic

50 7 12 6 14 9

Black or African American, non-Hispanic

6 3

Hispanic or Latino

10 4 3

American Indian or Alaska Native

Asian

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Multiple races

Other or not reported

Footnotes
(1) Based on the BLS Occupational Injury and Illness Classification system.
(2) May include volunteers and workers receiving other types of compensation.
(3) Includes self-employed workers, owners of unincorporated businesses and farms, paid and unpaid family workers, members of partnerships, and may include owners of incorporated businesses.
(4) Persons identified as Hispanic or Latino may be of any race. The individual racial categories shown exclude data for Hispanic and Latino workers.

NOTE: Totals for major categories may include subcategories not shown separately. Blank cells indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, in cooperation with state and federal agencies, Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries.

Fatal occupational injuries by selected events and employee status and sex, Massachusetts
Event or exposure (1) 2008
Total Employee status Sex
Wage
and
salary
(2)
Self
employed
(3)
Men Women

Total

68 59 9 64 4

Contact with objects and equipment

9 7 9

Struck by object

4 4 4

Struck by falling object

4 4 4

Caught in equipment or object

4 4

Caught in running equipment or machinery

Falls

16 12 4 16

Fall to lower level

15 11 4 15

Fall from ladder

4 3 4

Fall from roof

Fall from scaffold

Harmful substances or environments

10 9 10

Contact with electric current

3 3

Exposure to caustic, noxious substances

3 3 3

Oxygen deficiency

4 4 4

Transportation incident

20 18 18

Highway transportation incident

7 7 7

Collision between vehicles

5 5 5

Non-collision highway incident

Non-highway transportation incident

Overturned, non-highway

Struck by vehicle

5 5 4

Aircraft incident

3 3 3

Fires and explosions

Assaults and violent acts

11 11 9

Homicides

4 4

Homicides - shooting

Self-inflicted injuries

7 7 7

Footnotes
(1) Based on the BLS Occupational Injury and Illness Classification system.
(2) May include volunteers and workers receiving other types of compensation.
(3) Includes self-employed workers, owners of unincorporated businesses and farms, paid and unpaid family workers, members of partnerships, and may include owners of incorporated businesses.

NOTE: Totals for major categories may include subcategories not shown separately. Blank cells indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, in cooperation with state and federal agencies, Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries.

Fatal occupational injuries by selected industries and major events or exposures, Massachusetts
Selected industries (1) 2008
Total Event or exposure (2)
Contact
with objects
and
equipment
Falls Exposure to
harmful
substances or
environments
Transpor-
tation
incidents
Fires
or
explosions
Assaults
and
violent
acts

Total

68 9 16 10 20 11

Private industry

58 9 15 8 15 10

Goods Producing

28 5 11 6 3

Natural resources and mining

5

Agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting

4

Mining

Construction

17 10 3

Manufacturing

6

Service providing

30 4 4 12 8

Trade, transportation, and utilities

19 3 7 6

Wholesale trade

3

Retail trade

6 3

Transportation and warehousing

10 3 5

Utilities

Information

Financial activities

Finance and insurance

Real estate and rental and leasing

Professional and business services

3

Professional, scientific, and technical services

Management of companies and enterprises

Administrative and waste services

Education and health services

4

Educational services

Health care and social assistance

3

Leisure and hospitality

Arts, entertainment, and recreation

Accommodation and food services

Other services

Government (3)

10 5

Federal

State

3

Local

7 3

Footnotes
(1) Classified according to the North American Industry Classification System, 2002.
(2) Based on the BLS Occupational Injury and Illness Classification system.
(3) Includes fatalities to workers employed by governmental organizations regardless of industry.

NOTE: Totals for major categories may include subcategories not shown separately. Blank cells indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, in cooperation with state and federal agencies, Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries.

Fatal occupational injuries by selected occupations and major events or exposures, Massachusetts
Selected occupations (1) 2008
Total Event or exposure (2)
Contact
with objects
and
equipment
Falls Exposure to
harmful
substances or
environments
Transpor-
tation
incidents
Fires
or
explosions
Assaults
and
violent
acts

Total

68 9 16 10 20 11

Management, professional, and related occupations

8 3

Management occupations

Business and financial operations occupations

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

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations

Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations

Service occupations

7 4

Healthcare support occupations

Protective service occupations

6 3

Food preparation and serving related occupations

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations

Personal care and service occupations

Sales and office occupations

3 3

Sales and related occupations

Office and administrative support occupations

Natural resources, construction, and maintenance occupations

27 4 11 6 3

Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations

4

Construction and extraction occupations

19 10 3

Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

4

Production, transportation, and material moving occupations

23 4 3 10 4

Production occupations

4

Transportation and material moving occupations

19 3 10 3

Military specific occupations

Footnotes
(1) Based on the 2000 Standard Occupational Classification System.
(2) Based on the BLS Occupational Injury and Illness Classification system.

NOTE: Totals for major categories may include subcategories not shown separately. Blank cells indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, in cooperation with state and federal agencies, Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries.

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