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Fatal Work Injuries in North Carolina – 2011


Fatal work injuries totaled 148 in 2011 for North Carolina, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Janet S. Rankin noted that while the 2011 count was preliminary, the number of work-related fatalities in North Carolina increased by nine over the year. Fatal occupational injuries in the state have ranged from a high of 234 in 2000 to a low of 129 in 2009. Over the last three years, the number of fatalities has trended upward, increasing by 19 since 2009.

Nationwide, a preliminary total of 4,609 fatal work injuries were recorded in 2011, down from the final count of 4,690 fatalities recorded in 2010, according to results from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) program. Final 2011 data from the CFOI program will be released in spring 2013.


Chart 1. Total fatal occupational injuries, North Carolina, 2002 – 2011


Changes to the OIICS Structure

Information in this release incorporates a major revision in the Occupational Injury and Illness Classification System (OIICS), which is used to describe the characteristics of fatal work injuries. Because of the extensive revisions, data for the OIICS case characteristics for reference year 2011 represent a break in series with data for prior years. More information on OIICS can be found at www.bls.gov/iif/oshoiics.htm.


Of the 148 fatal work injuries reported in North Carolina in 2011, 51 resulted from transportation incidents, 29 from violence and other injuries by persons or animals and 28 from falls, slips and trips; together these three major categories accounted for 73 percent of all fatal work injuries. Other major event categories each reported less than 25 deaths. (See table 1.) Within transportation incidents, roadway incidents was the most frequent type of workplace fatality with 26 deaths, accounting for 18 percent of all on-the-job fatalities in the state. The second largest event in transportation incidents, pedestrian vehicular incident, accounted for eight fatalities. In the violence and other injuries by persons or animals category, 17 deaths occurred from intentional shooting by other person. In the falls, slips and trips category, falls to the lower level accounted for 26 workplace fatalities.

In the United States, transportation incidents were also the most frequent fatal workplace event in 2011, accounting for 41 percent of fatal work injuries. North Carolina's 34-percent share of on-the-job fatalities due to this event was smaller than the nationwide share. (See chart 2.) On the other hand, violence and other injuries was the second most frequent type of event nationally, with 17 percent of work-related fatalities, roughly 3 percentage points lower than the share in North Carolina. Contact with objects or equipment (15 percent) and falls, slips, and trips (14 percent) were the third and fourth most frequent events, respectively, in the nation.

Chart 2. Fatal occupational injuries by selected event, North Carolina and the United States, 2011

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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 North Carolina Department of Labor.


Table 1. Fatal occupational injuries by event or exposure, North Carolina, 2011p
Event or exposure (1) Number Percent

Total

148 100

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals

29 20

Intentional injury by person

27 18

Intentional injury by other person

19 13

Shooting by other person--intentional

17 11

Self-inflicted injury--intentional

8 5

Shooting--intentional self-harm

4 3

Transportation incidents

51 34

Aircraft incidents

7 5

Pedestrian vehicular incident

8 5

Roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicle

26 18

Roadway collision with other vehicle

15 10

Roadway collision--moving in same direction

8 5

Roadway collision--moving and standing vehicle in roadway

4 3

Roadway collision with object other than vehicle

7 5

Vehicle struck object or animal on side of roadway

7 5

Roadway noncollision incident

4 3

Nonroadway incident involving motorized land vehicles

5 3

Nonroadway noncollision incident

4 3

Fires and Explosions

4 3

Falls, slips, trips

28 19

Falls to lower level

26 18

Other fall to lower level

22 15

Other fall to lower level 6 to 10 feet

6 4

Other fall to lower level more than 30 feet

5 3

Exposure to harmful substances or environments

12 8

Exposure to temperature extremes

5 3

Exposure to environmental heat

5 3

Exposure to other harmful substances

5 3

Inhalation of harmful substance

4 3

Inhalation of harmful substance--single episode

4 3

Contact with objects and equipment

24 16

Struck by object or equipment

17 11

Struck by powered vehicle--nontransport

8 5

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

7 5

Caught in or compressed by equipment or objects

5 3

Caught in running equipment or machinery

4 3

Footnotes:
(1) Based on the BLS Occupational Injury and Illness Classification System (OIICS) 2.01 implemented for 2011 data forward.

p Data are preliminary. Revised and final 2011 data are scheduled to be released in Spring 2013.
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, North Carolina, 2010-2011
Industry (1) 2010 2011p
Number Number Percent

Total

139 148 100

Private industry

122 131 89

Natural resources and mining

11 15 10

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

11 15 10

Crop production

4 8 5

Fishing, hunting and trapping

3 4 3

Fishing

3 4 3

Construction

26 31 21

Construction

26 31 21

Construction of buildings

4 4 3

Heavy and civil engineering construction

5 11 7

Utility system construction

-- 9 6

Water and sewer line and related structures construction

-- 5 3

Power and communication line and related structures construction

-- 4 3

Specialty trade contractors

17 16 11

Foundation, structure, and building exterior contractors

6 5 3

Roofing contractors

3 4 3

Building equipment contractors

6 4 3

Other specialty trade contractors

-- 5 3

Manufacturing

5 6 4

Manufacturing

5 6 4

Trade, transportation, and utilities

37 45 30

Wholesale trade

10 5 3

Retail trade

12 14 9

Food and beverage stores

4 4 3

Grocery stores

4 4 3

Transportation and warehousing

15 24 16

Truck transportation

10 13 9

General freight trucking

8 10 7

General freight trucking, long-distance

7 9 6

General freight trucking, long-distance, truckload

5 9 6

Professional and business services

23 16 11

Administrative and waste services

20 14 9

Administrative and support services

17 12 8

Services to buildings and dwellings

14 11 7

Landscaping services

14 11 7

Leisure and hospitality

7 7 5

Accommodation and food services

7 5 3

Food services and drinking places

5 4 3

Other services, except public administration

6 5 3

Other services, except public administration

6 5 3

Repair and maintenance

5 4 3

Government (2)

17 17 11

Federal government (3)

4 4 3

Local government (3)

7 11 7

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. Includes all fatal occupational injuries meeting this ownership criterion across all specified years, regardless of industry classification system.
(3) Includes all fatal occupational injuries meeting this ownership criterion across all specified years, regardless of industry classification system.

p Data are preliminary. Revised and final 2011 data are scheduled to be released in Spring 2013.
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, North Carolina, 2010-2011
Occupation (1) 2010 2011p
Number Number Percent

Total

139 148 100

Management occupations

6 10 7

Other management occupations

5 7 5

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

-- 4 3

Protective service occupations

7 11 7

Law enforcement workers

4 6 4

Police officers

-- 5 3

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations

16 14 9

Grounds maintenance workers

13 13 9

Landscaping and groundskeeping workers

4 4 3

Tree trimmers and pruners

9 9 6

Sales and related occupations

11 11 7

Supervisors of sales workers

6 7 5

First-line supervisors of sales workers

6 7 5

First-line supervisors of retail sales workers

5 7 5

Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations

8 10 7

Agricultural workers

3 6 4

Miscellaneous agricultural workers

3 6 4

Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse

3 4 3

Fishing and hunting workers

3 4 3

Fishers and related fishing workers

3 4 3

Construction and extraction occupations

24 25 17

Construction trades workers

19 20 14

Construction laborers

5 7 5

Roofers

4 5 3

Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

15 13 9

Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers

6 6 4

Other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

7 6 4

Production occupations

4 7 5

Other production occupations

3 4 3

Transportation and material moving occupations

30 35 24

Motor vehicle operators

19 21 14

Driver/sales workers and truck drivers

18 18 12

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

16 15 10

Material moving workers

8 6 4

Footnotes:
(1) Occupation data for 2010 are based on the Standard Occupational Classification system, 2000. Occupation data for 2011 are based on the Standard Occupational Classification system, 2010. Total may include occupations not shown.

p Data are preliminary. Revised and final 2011 data are scheduled to be released in Spring 2013.
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, North Carolina, 2010-2011
Worker characteristics 2010 2011p
Number Number Percent

Total

139 148 100
Employee status

Wage and salary workers (1)

110 117 79

Self-employed (2)

29 31 21
Gender

Men

127 139 94

Women

12 9 6
Age (3)

20 to 24 years

11 11 7

25 to 34 years

29 25 17

35 to 44 years

23 27 18

45 to 54 years

31 45 30

55 to 64 years

27 25 17

65 years and over

14 14 9
Race or ethnic origin (4)

White, non-Hispanic

92 99 67

Black or African-American, non-Hispanic

29 21 14

Hispanic or Latino

13 21 14

Asian, non-Hispanic

-- 4 3

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 2011 data are scheduled to be released in Spring 2013.
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 27, 2012