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Fatal Work Injuries in Mississippi – 2012


Fatal work injuries totaled 60 in 2012 for Mississippi, 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 128 in both 1995 and 1999 to this year’s low of 60. Over the last eight years, the number of fatalities has trended downward, declining by 52 since 2005. (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, Mississippi 2003 – 2012


Of the 60 fatal work injuries reported in Mississippi in 2012, 22 resulted from transportation incidents, followed by violence and other injuries by persons and animals, and contact by objects and equipment (13 each); together these three major categories accounted for 80 percent of Mississippi’s fatal work injuries. Other major event categories each reported less than 10 deaths. (See table 1.) Within transportation incidents, roadway incidents were the most frequent type of workplace fatality with 15 deaths, accounting for one quarter of all on-the-job fatalities in the state. In the violence and other injuries by persons or animals category, 11 deaths occurred from intentional injury by a person. Within the contact with objects and equipment category, 9 deaths occurred from being struck by an object or equipment. (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; similar to Mississippi’s 37-percent share. (See chart 2.) Violence and other injuries was the second most frequent type of event nationally, with 17 percent of work-related fatalities, compared to the 22 percent share for this event in Mississippi. Contact with objects or equipment (16 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, Mississippi 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. The technical information and definitions for the CFOI Program are in Chapter 9, Part III of the BLS Handbook of Methods.

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 Mississippi State Department of Health.


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

Total

63 60 100

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals

9 13 22

Intentional injury by person

9 11 18

Intentional injury by other person

7 9 15

Shooting by other person--intentional

5 7 12

Transportation incidents

31 22 37

Roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicle

21 15 25

Roadway collision with other vehicle

13 10 17

Roadway collision--moving in same direction

3 6 10

Roadway noncollision incident

4 3 5

Nonroadway incident involving motorized land vehicles

-- 4 7

Nonroadway noncollision incident

-- 4 7

Falls, slips, trips

5 7 12

Falls to lower level

4 7 12

Other fall to lower level

-- 6 10

Exposure to harmful substances or environments

7 3 5

Contact with objects and equipment

9 13 22

Struck by object or equipment

8 9 15

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

5 6 10

Caught in or compressed by equipment or objects

-- 3 5

Caught in running equipment or machinery

-- 3 5

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, Mississippi, 2011-2012
Industry (1) 2011 2012p
Number Number Percent

Total

63 60 100

Private industry

52 58 97

Natural resources and mining

10 5 8

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

10 4 7

Animal production

-- 1 2

Cattle ranching and farming

-- 1 2

Beef cattle ranching and farming, including feedlots

-- 1 2

Beef cattle ranching and farming

-- 1 2

Construction

9 14 23

Construction of buildings

-- 4 7

Nonresidential building construction

-- 3 5

Heavy and civil engineering construction

-- 7 12

Highway, street, and bridge construction

-- 5 8

Manufacturing

5 7 12

Trade, transportation, and utilities

20 17 28

Wholesale trade

4 3 5

Merchant wholesalers, durable goods

-- 1 2

Lumber and other construction materials merchant wholesalers

-- 1 2

Brick, stone, and related construction material merchant wholesalers

-- 1 2

Retail trade

7 3 5

Transportation and warehousing

9 10 17

Truck transportation

6 8 13

General freight trucking

6 5 8

General freight trucking, local

-- 3 5

Specialized freight trucking

-- 3 5

Professional and business services

-- 7 12

Administrative and waste services

-- 6 10

Administrative and support services

-- 6 10

Services to buildings and dwellings

-- 5 8

Landscaping services

-- 5 8

Leisure and hospitality

-- 3 5

Footnotes:
(1) Industry data are based on the North American Industry Classification System, 2007. Total may include other industries 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 3. Fatal occupational injuries by occupation, Mississippi, 2011-2012
Occupation (1) 2011 2012p
Number Number Percent

Total

63 60 100

Management occupations

3 6 10

Other management occupations

-- 5 8

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations

-- 6 10

Grounds maintenance workers

-- 4 7

Landscaping and groundskeeping workers

-- 4 7

Sales and related occupations

4 3 5

Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations

6 3 5

Construction and extraction occupations

7 9 15

Construction trades workers

4 6 10

Construction laborers

-- 3 5

Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

5 3 5

Production occupations

5 8 13

Metal workers and plastic workers

-- 2 3

Welding, soldering, and brazing workers

-- 2 3

Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers

-- 2 3

Other production occupations

-- 6 10

Transportation and material moving occupations

16 16 27

Motor vehicle operators

14 14 23

Driver/sales workers and truck drivers

12 14 23

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

12 14 23

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, Mississippi, 2011-2012
Worker characteristics 2011 2012p
Number Number Percent

Total

63 60 100
Employee status

Wage and salary (1)

53 42 70

Self-employed (2)

10 18 30
Gender

Female

8 -- --

Men

55 58 97
Age (3)

20 to 24 years

-- 5 8

25 to 34 years

11 6 10

35 to 44 years

13 16 27

45 to 54 years

16 11 18

55 to 64 years

14 10 17

65 years and over

6 11 18
Race or ethnic origin (4)

White, non-Hispanic

40 36 60

Black or African-American, non-Hispanic

18 22 37

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. 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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