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Fatal Work Injuries in Georgia – 2012


Fatal work injuries totaled 76 in 2012 for Georgia, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Janet S. Rankin noted that while the 2012 count was preliminary, this year’s fatality count was the lowest annual total for the state since the Bureau began tracking workplace fatalities in 1992. Fatal occupational injuries in the state have ranged from a high of 249 in 1994 to this year’s low of 76. The number of fatalities has trended downward since 2004, declining by 156. (See chart 1.)

Nationwide, a preliminary total of 4,383 fatal work injuries was recorded in 2012, down from a final count of 4,693 fatal work injuries in 2011, according to results from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) program. Final 2012 CFOI data will be released in Spring 2014.


Chart 1. Total fatal occupational injuries, Georgia, 2003 – 2012


Of the 76 fatal work injuries reported in Georgia in 2012, 24 resulted from transportation incidents, 19 from violence and other injuries by persons or animals, and 15 from falls, slips, and trips; together these three major categories accounted for more than three-quarters of all fatal work injuries. Other major event categories reported 10 or fewer deaths each. (See table 1.) Within transportation incidents, roadway incidents were the most frequent type of workplace fatality with 12 deaths, accounting for 16 percent of all on-the-job fatalities in the state. In the violence and other injuries by persons or animals category, 17 deaths occurred from intentional injury by other person. In the falls, slips, and trips category, 12 deaths occurred from falls to a lower level. (Note that transportation counts presented in this release are expected to rise when updated 2012 data are released in Spring 2014 because key source documentation detailing specific transportation-related incidents has not yet been received.)

In the United States, transportation incidents were also the most frequent fatal workplace event in 2012, accounting for 41 percent of fatal work injuries. Georgia’s 32-percent share of on-the-job fatalities due to this event was smaller than the nationwide share. (See chart 2).Violence and other injuries was the second most frequent type of event nationally, with 17 percent of work-related fatalities, lower than the 25 percent share for this event in Georgia. Contact with objects or equipment (15 percent) and falls, slips, and trips (15 percent) were the third and fourth most frequent events, respectively, in the nation.

Chart 2. Fatal occupational injuries by selected event, Georgia and the United States, 2012

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Technical Note

Background of the program. The Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, part of the BLS occupational safety and health statistics program, compiles a count of all fatal work injuries occurring in the United States during the calendar year. The program uses diverse state, federal, and independent data sources to identify, verify, and describe fatal work injuries. This assures counts are as complete and accurate as possible.

For technical information about the CFOI program, please go to the BLS Handbook of Methods on the BLS web site here: http://www.bls.gov/opub/hom/homch9_a1.htm.

Federal/State agency coverage. The Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries includes data for all fatal work injuries, whether the decedent was working in a job covered by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) or other federal or state agencies or was outside the scope of 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.

Acknowledgments. The Bureau of Labor Statistics appreciates the efforts of all federal, state, local, and private sector entities that submitted source documents used to identify fatal work injuries, in particular the Georgia Office of the Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner.


Table 1. Fatal occupational injuries by event or exposure, Georgia, 2011-2012
Event or exposure (1) 2011 2012p
Number Number Percent

Total

111 76 100

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals

18 19 25

Intentional injury by person

17 19 25

Intentional injury by other person

16 17 22

Shooting by other person--intentional

16 14 18

Stabbing, cutting, slashing, piercing

-- 3 4

Transportation incidents

47 24 32

Aircraft incidents

-- 4 5

Other in-flight crash

-- 1 1

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

-- 1 1

Pedestrian vehicular incident

5 4 5

Pedestrian struck by vehicle on side of road

1 2 3

Pedestrian struck by forward-moving vehicle on side of road

-- 1 1

Roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicle

33 12 16

Roadway collision with other vehicle

11 5 7

Roadway collision--moving in same direction

7 1 1

Roadway collision with object other than vehicle

16 4 5

Vehicle struck object or animal on side of roadway

16 3 4

Roadway noncollision incident

6 3 4

Jack-knifed or overturned, roadway

5 2 3

Nonroadway incident involving motorized land vehicles

5 4 5

Nonroadway noncollision incident

3 3 4

Jack-knifed or overturned, nonroadway

-- 3 4

Explosion of pressure vessel, piping, or tire

-- 1 1

Fires and Explosions

5 3 4

Explosions

-- 1 1

Falls, slips, trips

16 15 20

Falls on same level

-- 3 4

Falls to lower level

13 12 16

Fall through surface or existing opening

4 4 5

Other fall to lower level

8 7 9

Exposure to harmful substances or environments

9 6 8

Exposure to electricity

7 4 5

Nonmedical use of drugs or alcohol--unintentional overdose

-- 1 1

Contact with objects and equipment

16 9 12

Struck by object or equipment

13 6 8

Struck by powered vehicle--nontransport

7 3 4

Caught in or compressed by equipment or objects

-- 3 4

Caught in running equipment or machinery

-- 3 4

Caught in running equipment or machinery during maintenance, cleaning

-- 1 1

Footnotes:
(1) Based on the BLS Occupational Injury and Illness Classification System (OIICS) 2.01 implemented for 2011 data forward. Total may include other events not shown.

p Data are preliminary. Revised and final 2012 data are scheduled to be released in Spring 2014.
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.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, in cooperation with State, New York City, District of Columbia, and Federal agencies, Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries.


Table 2. Fatal occupational injuries by industry, Georgia, 2011-2012
Industry (1) 2011 2012p
Number Number Percent

Total

111 76 100

Private industry

95 67 88

Natural resources and mining

9 4 5

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

9 4 5

Cotton ginning

-- 1 1

Construction

24 14 18

Construction of buildings

4 3 4

Residential building construction

-- 1 1

New single-family housing construction (except operative builders)

-- 1 1

Specialty trade contractors

16 10 13

Foundation, structure, and building exterior contractors

4 6 8

Roofing contractors

3 4 5

Manufacturing

7 8 11

Other food manufacturing

-- 1 1

Chemical manufacturing

-- 1 1

Basic chemical manufacturing

-- 1 1

Trade, transportation, and utilities

35 25 33

Wholesale trade

5 5 7

Merchant wholesalers, nondurable goods

-- 3 4

Retail trade

4 4 5

Gasoline stations

-- 1 1

Gasoline stations with convenience stores

-- 1 1

Transportation and warehousing

24 16 21

Truck transportation

18 6 8

General freight trucking

17 4 5

Specialized freight trucking

-- 1 1

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

-- 1 1

Transit and ground passenger transportation

2 4 5

Taxi and limousine service

2 4 5

Taxi service

2 4 5

Scenic and sightseeing transportation

-- 1 1

Scenic and sightseeing transportation, other

-- 1 1

Support activities for transportation

2 3 4

Marine cargo handling

-- 1 1

Professional and business services

8 3 4

Leisure and hospitality

4 3 4

Accommodation and food services

4 3 4

Food services and drinking places

4 3 4

Full-service restaurants

2 1 1

Other services, except public administration

5 8 11

Personal and laundry services

-- 5 7

Personal care services

-- 5 7

Government (2)

16 9 12

Local government

12 6 8

Footnotes:
(1) Industry data are based on the North American Industry Classification System, 2007. Total may include other industries not shown.
(2) Includes fatal injuries to workers employed by governmental organizations regardless of industry.

p Data are preliminary. Revised and final 2012 data are scheduled to be released in Spring 2014.
NOTE: Totals for major categories may include subcategories not shown separately. Percentages may not add to totals because of rounding. Dashes indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria. CFOI fatality counts exclude illness-related deaths unless precipitated by an injury event.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, in cooperation with State, New York City, District of Columbia, and Federal agencies, Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries.


Table 3. Fatal occupational injuries by occupation, Georgia, 2011-2012
Occupation (1) 2011 2012p
Number Number Percent

Total

111 76 100

Management occupations

10 1 1

Other management occupations

9 1 1

Food service managers

2 1 1

Protective service occupations

12 6 8

Law enforcement workers

9 6 8

Police officers

9 5 7

Police and sheriff's patrol officers

9 5 7

Personal care and service occupations

-- 5 7

Supervisors of personal care and service workers

-- 5 7

First-line supervisors of personal service workers

-- 5 7

Sales and related occupations

4 4 5

Supervisors of sales workers

-- 3 4

First-line supervisors of sales workers

-- 3 4

Retail sales workers

-- 1 1

Cashiers

1 1 1

Office and administrative support occupations

-- 3 4

Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers

-- 3 4

Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations

4 3 4

Agricultural workers

-- 3 4

Miscellaneous agricultural workers

-- 3 4

Construction and extraction occupations

20 14 18

Construction trades workers

16 13 17

Roofers

3 4 5

Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

12 6 8

Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers

4 4 5

Production occupations

4 4 5

Transportation and material moving occupations

35 27 36

Air transportation workers

-- 2 3

Aircraft pilots and flight engineers

-- 2 3

Commercial pilots

-- 2 3

Motor vehicle operators

28 17 22

Driver/sales workers and truck drivers

25 14 18

Driver/sales workers

-- 3 4

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

24 10 13

Taxi drivers and chauffeurs

2 3 4

Material moving workers

5 7 9

Industrial truck and tractor operators

-- 4 5

Laborers and material movers, hand

-- 3 4

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

-- 3 4

Footnotes:
(1) Occupation data are based on the Standard Occupational Classification system, 2010. Total may include occupations not shown.

p Data are preliminary. Revised and final 2012 data are scheduled to be released in Spring 2014.
NOTE: Totals for major categories may include subcategories not shown separately. Percentages may not add to totals because of rounding. Dashes indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria. CFOI fatality counts exclude illness-related deaths unless precipitated by an injury event.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, in cooperation with State, New York City, District of Columbia, and Federal agencies, Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries.


Table 4. Fatal occupational injuries by worker characteristics, Georgia, 2011-2012
Worker characteristics 2011 2012p
Number Number Percent

Total

111 76 100
Employee status

Wage and salary (1)

91 62 82

Self-employed (2)

20 14 18
Gender

Men

106 66 87

Women

5 10 13
Age (3)

20 to 24 years

12 6 8

25 to 34 years

16 18 24

35 to 44 years

19 16 21

45 to 54 years

27 13 17

55 to 64 years

22 16 21

65 years and over

11 6 8
Race or ethnic origin (4)

White, non-Hispanic

67 39 51

Black or African-American, non-Hispanic

27 15 20

Hispanic or Latino

14 10 13

Asian, non-Hispanic

3 6 8

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.

p Data are preliminary. Revised and final 2012 data are scheduled to be released in Spring 2014.
NOTE: Totals for major categories may include subcategories not shown separately. Percentages may not add to totals because of rounding. Dashes indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria. CFOI fatality counts exclude illness-related deaths unless precipitated by an injury event.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, in cooperation with State, New York City, District of Columbia, and Federal agencies, Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries.


Last Modified Date: November 26, 2013

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