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Fatal Work Injuries in Illinois – 2012


Fatal work injuries totaled 145 in 2012 for Illinois, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Charlene Peiffer noted that while the 2012 count was preliminary, the number of work-related fatalities in Illinois declined by 32 over the year. Fatal occupational injuries in the state have ranged from a high of 262 in 1996 to this year’s low of 145. Over the last two years, the number of fatalities has trended downward, declining by 61 since 2010. (See chart 1.)

Nationwide, a preliminary total of 4,383 fatal work injuries were recorded in the United States in 2012, down from a revised 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, Illinois, 2003-2012


Of the 145 fatal work injuries reported in Illinois in 2012, 52 resulted from transportation incidents and 32 from violence and other injuries by persons or animals; along with falls, slips, and trips (24), these major categories accounted for three-quarters of all fatal work injuries. Other major event categories each reported less than 20 deaths. (See table 1.) Within transportation incidents, roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicles was the most frequent type of workplace fatality with 25 deaths. The second largest event in transportation incidents, pedestrian vehicular incidents, accounted for 17 fatalities. In the violence and other injuries by persons or animals category, 16 deaths were homicides and 14 were suicides. (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. Illinois’s 36-percent share of on-the-job fatalities due to this event was lower 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, 5 percentage points lower than the share in Illinois. 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, Illinois 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 U.S. 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 at www.bls.gov/opub/hom/homch9.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 Illinois Department of Public Health.


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

Total

177 145 100

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals

44 32 22

Intentional injury by person

43 30 21

Intentional injury by other person

29 16 11

Shooting by other person--intentional

24 12 8

Hitting, kicking, beating, shoving

1 4 3

Self-inflicted injury--intentional

14 14 10

Hanging, strangulation, asphyxiation--intentional self-harm

4 6 4

Transportation incidents

54 52 36

Aircraft incidents

2 5 3

Other in-flight crash

1 5 3

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

1 4 3

Pedestrian vehicular incident

10 17 12

Pedestrian struck by vehicle in work zone

2 4 3

Pedestrian struck by vehicle on side of road

-- 5 3

Pedestrian struck by forward-moving vehicle on side of road

-- 4 3

Pedestrian struck by vehicle in nonroadway area

4 5 3

Roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicle

25 25 17

Roadway collision with other vehicle

15 18 12

Roadway collision--moving in same direction

5 5 3

Roadway collision--moving in opposite directions, oncoming

3 4 3

Roadway collision--moving perpendicularly

5 4 3

Fires and Explosions

4 8 6

Explosions

-- 5 3

Falls, slips, trips

29 24 17

Falls on same level

4 5 3

Falls to lower level

25 18 12

Other fall to lower level

22 16 11

Other fall to lower level less than 6 feet

1 4 3

Exposure to harmful substances or environments

25 10 7

Exposure to other harmful substances

11 9 6

Nonmedical use of drugs or alcohol--unintentional overdose

6 7 5

Contact with objects and equipment

20 17 12

Struck by object or equipment

10 14 10

Struck by powered vehicle--nontransport

6 9 6

Struck or run over by rolling powered vehicle

-- 5 3

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

Total

177 145 100

Private industry

161 129 89

Natural resources and mining

22 12 8

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

22 9 6

Crop production

17 9 6

Construction

21 16 11

Construction

21 16 11

Heavy and civil engineering construction

-- 6 4

Highway, street, and bridge construction

-- 5 3

Specialty trade contractors

15 8 6

Foundation, structure, and building exterior contractors

7 5 3

Roofing contractors

4 4 3

Manufacturing

13 17 12

Manufacturing

13 17 12

Food manufacturing

1 4 3

Grain and oilseed milling

-- 4 3

Transportation equipment manufacturing

-- 4 3

Trade, transportation, and utilities

53 44 30

Retail trade

12 10 7

Transportation and warehousing

32 32 22

Truck transportation

21 23 16

General freight trucking

9 10 7

General freight trucking, long-distance

3 6 4

Specialized freight trucking

12 13 9

Specialized freight (except used goods) trucking, local

1 4 3

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

11 9 6

Financial activities

4 7 5

Real estate and rental and leasing

-- 6 4

Real estate

-- 6 4

Professional and business services

17 10 7

Administrative and waste services

-- 7 5

Waste management and remediation services

3 4 3

Waste collection

-- 4 3

Waste collection

-- 4 3

Solid waste collection

-- 4 3

Educational and health services

8 10 7

Health care and social assistance

6 9 6

Hospitals

2 4 3

General medical and surgical hospitals

2 4 3

Leisure and hospitality

11 8 6

Accommodation and food services

7 5 3

Food services and drinking places

7 4 3

Government(2)

16 16 11

Local government

12 12 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, Illinois, 2011-2012
Occupation(1) 2011 2012(p)
Number Number Percent

Total

177 145 100

Management occupations

26 10 7

Other management occupations

22 9 6

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

13 5 3

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

13 5 3

Architecture and engineering occupations

-- 4 3

Engineers

-- 4 3

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations

-- 5 3

Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations

3 4 3

Health diagnosing and treating practitioners

2 4 3

Protective service occupations

12 6 4

Sales and related occupations

9 9 6

Office and administrative support occupations

3 4 3

Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations

7 4 3

Agricultural workers

7 4 3

Miscellaneous agricultural workers

7 4 3

Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse

7 4 3

Construction and extraction occupations

20 27 19

Construction trades workers

18 20 14

Construction laborers

3 8 6

Construction laborers

3 8 6

Roofers

3 4 3

Roofers

3 4 3

Other construction and related workers

-- 4 3

Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

14 6 4

Other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

10 4 3

Production occupations

8 9 6

Other production occupations

3 4 3

Transportation and material moving occupations

47 45 31

Motor vehicle operators

31 30 21

Driver/sales workers and truck drivers

26 28 19

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

24 26 18

Material moving workers

11 9 6

Laborers and material movers, hand

11 4 3

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

11 4 3

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, Illinois, 2011-2012
Worker characteristics 2011 2012(p)
Number Number Percent

Total

177 145 100
Employee status

Wage and salary(1)

136 116 80

Self-employed(2)

41 29 20
Gender

Men

153 134 92

Women

24 11 8
Age(3)

20 to 24 years

7 9 6

25 to 34 years

29 17 12

35 to 44 years

45 30 21

45 to 54 years

40 46 32

55 to 64 years

28 23 16

65 years and over

24 18 12
Race or ethnic origin(4)

White, non-Hispanic

128 104 72

Black or African-American, non-Hispanic

21 18 12

Hispanic or Latino

25 19 13

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: December 27, 2013