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Workplace Fatalities in Louisiana — 2010


Fatal work injuries totaled 104 in Louisiana in 2010, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Stanley W. Suchman noted that while the 2010 count was preliminary, the number of work-related fatalities in Louisiana fell by 36 from one year earlier. Fatal occupational injuries in the state have ranged from a high of 187 in 1994 to a low of 95 in 2003; the 2010 count was the fourth-lowest on record for the state. (See table 1 and chart 1.)

Nationwide, a preliminary total of 4,547 fatal work injuries were recorded in 2010, about the same as the final count of 4,551 recorded in 2009, according to results from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) program. Final 2010 CFOI data will be released in Spring 2012.


Chart 1. Total work-related fatalities and selected events, Louisiana, 1992-2010


Highway incidents were the most frequent type of workplace fatality in Louisiana in 2010, accounting for 24 deaths. (See table 2.) The number of work-related highway deaths in 2010 was slightly higher than a year earlier (20), but was well below the counts for 2008 and 2007, at 41 and 42, respectively. In 2010, there were 11 work-related fatalities due to homicides, about the same as the 2009 count of 12. The number of fatal injuries resulting from being struck by an object or equipment declined from 17 in 2009 to 9 in 2010. Worker fatalities from falls to a lower level also declined, from 14 to 9 over the year.

In 2010, fires and explosions recorded its second largest count in Louisiana since the series began, with 15 fatalities, 11 of them from the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion. Conversely, a number of notable declines were recorded in several fatal events – water vehicle accidents (from 20 in 2009 to 3 in 2010), aircraft incidents (from 10 to 3), and contact with electric current (from 11 to 6).

In the United States, highway incidents were also the most frequent fatal workplace event, accounting for 21 percent of fatal work injuries. In Louisiana, highway incidents accounted for a somewhat larger share of work-related fatalities, 23 percent. Nationwide, homicides were the next most frequent type of event, with 11 percent of total worker fatalities, matching the Louisiana share. Falls to a lower level also accounted for 11 percent of on-the-job fatal injuries nationwide, while being struck by an object or equipment accounted for 9 percent of U.S. work-related deaths, matching the state share. Although fatalities resulting from fires and explosions climbed sharply nationwide, they were responsible for a much smaller share of total fatalities than in Louisiana (4 and 15 percent, respectively).

Additional key characteristics:

Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries data are available on the BLS Internet site at www.bls.gov/iif/ and detailed data may be accessed from http://data.bls.gov/PDQ/outside.jsp?survey=fi. Further information on the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries program, as well as other Bureau programs, is available on the Southwest Information Office web site at www.bls.gov/ro6/ or by contacting us at 972-850-4800 from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. CT.



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_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.

Several federal and State agencies have jurisdiction over workplace safety and health. OSHA and affiliated agencies in States with approved safety programs cover the largest portion of the nation's workers. However, injuries and illnesses occurring in certain industries or activities, such as coal, metal, and nonmetal mining and highway, water, rail, and air transportation, are excluded from OSHA coverage because they are covered by other federal agencies, such as the Mine Safety and Health Administration and various agencies within the Department of Transportation.

Acknowledgments. The Bureau of Labor Statistics thanks the Louisiana Workforce Commission for their efforts in collecting accurate, comprehensive, and useful data on fatal work injuries. BLS also appreciates the efforts of all federal, State, local, and private sector entities that submitted source documents used to identify fatal work injuries. Among these agencies are the Occupational Safety and Health Administration; the National Transportation Safety Board; the U.S. Coast Guard; the Mine Safety and Health Administration; the Employment Standards Administration (Federal Employees' Compensation and Longshore and Harbor Workers' divisions); the Federal Railroad Administration; the Department of Energy; State vital statistics registrars, coroners, and medical examiners; State departments of health, labor and industries, and workers' compensation agencies; State and local police departments; and State farm bureaus.



Table 1. Fatal occupational injuries in Louisiana by selected event groups, 1992-2010
Year Total fatalities Highway incidents Homicides Struck by object or equipment Falls to lower level
Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent

1992

153 28 18 25 16 20 13 10 7

1993

171 27 16 19 11 10 6 17 10

1994

187 23 12 25 13 19 10 17 9

1995

139 19 14 22 16 21 15 17 12

1996

134 24 18 15 11 19 14 12 9

1997

137 26 19 12 9 15 11 15 11

1998

159 34 21 17 11 12 8 10 6

1999

141 33 23 10 7 27 19 11 8

2000

143 39 27 9 6 13 9 17 12

2001

117 30 26 9 8 13 11 13 11

2002

103 25 24 4 4 5 5 16 16

2003

95 19 20 9 9 17 18 5 5

2004

121 21 17 20 17 10 8 10 8

2005

111 22 20 12 11 10 9 10 9

2006

118 19 16 13 11 15 13 11 9

2007

139 42 30 13 9 7 5 14 10

2008

135 41 30 9 7 13 10 11 8

2009(1)

140 20 14 12 9 17 12 14 10

2010(2)

104 24 23 11 11 9 9 9 9

Footnotes:
(1) Since the initial release of 2009 data, 2 additional job-related fatalities were identified in Louisiana bringing the 2009 total job-related fatality count to 140.
(2) Totals for 2010 are preliminary.

Table 2. Fatal occupational injuries by event or exposure, Louisiana, 2009-2010
Event or exposure(1) 2009 2010
Number Number Percent

Total

140 104 100

Transportation incidents

62 40 38

Highway

20 24 23

Collision between vehicles, mobile equipment

13 14 13

Moving in opposite directions, oncoming

5 7 7

Moving in intersection

3 4 4

Vehicle struck object on side of road

3 6 6

Noncollision

4 4 4

Jack-knifed or overturned-no collision

4 3 3

Overturned

3 -- --

Nonhighway (farm, industrial premises)

4 -- --

Worker struck by a vehicle

5 7 7

Railway accident

3 -- --

Water vehicle accident

20 3 3

Aircraft accident

10 3 3

Assaults and violent acts

13 12 12

Homicides

12 11 11

Shooting

7 9 9

Stabbing

4 -- --

Contact with objects and equipment

30 14 13

Struck by object or equipment

17 9 9

Struck by falling object or equipment

14 6 6

Caught in or compressed by equipment or objects

8 4 4

Caught in running equipment or machinery

4 -- --

Caught in or crushed in collapsing materials

5 -- --

Falls

15 11 11

Fall to lower level

14 9 9

Fall from scaffold, staging

5 3 3

Exposure to harmful substances or environments

16 12 12

Contact with electric current

11 6 6

Contact with overhead power lines

5 3 3

Fires and explosions

3 15 14

Footnotes:
(1) Based on the 2007 BLS Occupational Injury and Illness Classification Manual. Includes other events and exposures, such as bodily reaction, in addition to those shown separately.

NOTE: Totals for major categories may include subcategories not shown separately. Dashes indicate no data reported or data that do meet publication criteria. Data for 2010 are preliminary.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, in cooperation with state and federal agencies, Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries.

Table 3. Fatal occupational injuries by worker characteristics, Louisiana, 2009-2010
Worker characteristics 2009 2010
Number Number Percent

Total

140 104 100
Employee Status

Wage and salary workers(1)

123 95 91

Self-employed(2)

17 9 9
Gender

Men

136 103 99

Women

4 -- --
Age(3)

20 to 24 years

14 6 6

25 to 34 years

30 26 25

35 to 44 years

30 20 19

45 to 54 years

36 32 31

55 to 64 years

20 11 11

65 years and over

7 8 8
Race or Ethnic Origin(4)

White, non-Hispanic

98 78 75

Black, non-Hispanic

26 17 16

Hispanic or Latino

11 7 7

Asian

4 -- --

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) Because there may have been no incidents reported for some ages or because the data do not meet publication criteria, information is not available for all age groups. In addition, some fatalities may have had insufficient information with which to determine the age of the decedents.
(4) Persons identified as Hispanic or Latino may be of any race. The race categories shown exclude Hispanic and Latino workers.

NOTE: Totals for major categories may include subcategories not shown separately. Dashes indicate no data reported or data that do meet publication criteria. Data for 2010 are preliminary.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, in cooperation with state and federal agencies, Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries.

Last Modified Date: September 30, 2011

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