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KANSAS WORKPLACE FATALITIES - 2008 (PDF)

Fatal work injuries in Kansas totaled 73 in 2008, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Stanley W. Suchman noted that while the 2008 results are preliminary, the number of work-related fatalities in Kansas was the lowest number recorded since the series began in 1992. (See chart 1.) The most frequent types of workplace fatalities in 2008 were highway incidents (22), nonhighway incidents (8), falls to a lower level (7), and workers caught in or compressed by equipment or objects (6). Combined, these four types of events1 accounted for 59 percent of all work-related fatalities in the State in 2008. (Final 2008 national and State numbers will be released in April 2010.)

Chart 1. Total workplace fatalities in Kansas, 1992-2008

Highway incidents remained the most frequent type of fatal workplace event for both the State and the nation in 2008. In Kansas, the number of fatal injuries from highway incidents decreased to 22 in 2008 from 32 in 2007. Highway incidents accounted for 30 percent of all job-related deaths in the State and 23 percent in the nation in 2008. (See tables A and B.) Workers involved in nonhighway incidents (such as tractor rollovers occurring on farm premises) resulted in 8 fatalities in the State in 2008, down from 10 in the previous year. This event accounted for 11 percent of on-the-job fatalities in Kansas and 6 percent in the nation.

Falls to a lower level were responsible for 7 fatalities in Kansas in 2008, while 11 fatalities were reported in 2007. Fatal work injuries from falls to a lower level represented 10 percent of job-related deaths in Kansas and 11 percent of the U.S. total.

Six fatalities from being caught in or compressed by equipment or objects were reported in Kansas in 2008, accounting for 8 percent of all work-related fatalities in the State. Nationally, this event accounted for 6 percent of the total.

Other events leading to workplace fatalities in Kansas in 2008 included being struck by an object or equipment (5); pedestrian workers struck by vehicles or mobile equipment (4); and homicides (4). Together, these three events were responsible for 18 percent of all fatal work injuries in Kansas in 2008. Fatalities from these same three events accounted for 27 percent of the total for the United States. (See table 1.)

Table A. Fatal occupational injuries in Kansas by selected event groups, 1992 - 2008
Year Total fatalities Highway incidents Nonhighway incidents Falls to a lower level Caught in or compressed by equipment or objects
Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent

1992

82 20 24 4 5 4 5 7 9

1993

99 30 30 10 10 4 4 3 3

1994

106 32 30 9 8 8 8 6 6

1995

95 27 28 4 4 7 7 3 3

1996

85 33 39 6 7 5 6 7 8

1997

93 30 32 11 12 10 11 7 8

1998

98 32 33 6 6 3 3 -- --

1999

87 22 25 7 8 10 11 5 6

2000

85 27 32 8 9 14 16 4 5

2001

94 29 31 8 9 11 12 5 5

2002

89 22 25 6 7 8 9 6 7

2003

78 28 36 4 5 8 10 4 5

2004

80 21 26 5 6 6 8 5 6

2005

81 25 31 6 7 4 5 7 9

2006

85 30 35 8 9 10 12 3 4

2007(1)

101 32 32 10 10 11 11 7 7

2008(2)

73 22 30 8 11 7 10 6 8

Footnotes:
(1) Since the initial release of 2007 data, 1 additional job-related fatality was identified in Kansas bringing the 2007 total job-related fatality count to 101.
(2) Totals for 2008 are preliminary.

NOTE: Dashes indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.


Nationwide, a total of 5,071 fatal work injuries were recorded in 2008, a decrease of 10 percent from the revised total of 5,657 fatal work injuries recorded in 2007. While these results are preliminary, this figure represents the smallest annual total since the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) program was first conducted in 1992. (See table B.) Highway incidents in 2008 accounted for 23 percent of fatal work injuries in the nation and continued to lead all other events in the frequency of on-the-job fatalities. Still, the 2008 count of 1,149 fatal highway incidents was the lowest annual total since the census began in 1992. The 2008 total of 576 fatal falls to a lower level was the lowest since 1993 when 534 fatalities were reported; the 2008 total represents a 23-percent decline from 2007. The number of workers (508) who were fatally injured from being struck by an object or equipment in 2008 was slightly higher than the series low recorded in 2007 (504) and 16 percent lower than the series high recorded in 2005 (607).

Nationally, workplace homicides decreased by 18 percent from 628 in 2007 to 517 in 2008. The 2008 total is the lowest since the census began and has declined 52 percent from the high of 1,080 reported in 1994. Workplace suicides rose from 196 cases in 2007 to 251 cases in 2008, an increase of 28 percent and the highest number ever reported by the fatality census.

Table B. Fatal occupational injuries in the United States by selected event groups, 1992-2008
Year Total fatalities Highway incidents Falls to a lower level Homicides Struck by object or equipment
Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent

1992

6,217 1,158 19 507 8 1,044 17 557 9

1993

6,331 1,242 20 534 8 1,074 17 565 9

1994

6,632 1,343 20 580 9 1,080 16 591 9

1995

6,275 1,346 21 578 9 1,036 17 547 9

1996

6,202 1,346 22 610 10 927 15 582 9

1997

6,238 1,393 22 653 10 860 14 579 9

1998

6,055 1,442 24 625 10 714 12 520 9

1999

6,054 1,496 25 634 10 651 11 585 10

2000

5,920 1,365 23 659 11 677 11 571 10

2001(1)

5,915 1,409 24 700 12 643 11 553 9

2002

5,534 1,373 25 638 12 609 11 505 9

2003

5,575 1,353 24 604 11 632 11 531 10

2004

5,764 1,398 24 738 13 559 10 602 10

2005

5,734 1,437 25 664 12 567 10 607 11

2006

5,840 1,356 23 738 13 540 9 589 10

2007(2)

5,657 1,414 25 746 13 628 11 504 9

2008(3)

5,071 1,149 23 576 11 517 10 508 10

Footnotes:
(1) Totals for 2001 exclude fatalities due to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
(2) Totals for 2007 are revised and final. The BLS national news release isued August 20, 2008, reported a total of 5,488 fatal work injuries for calendar year 2007. Since then, an additional 169 job-related fatalities were identified, bringing the total job-related fatality count for 2007 to 5,657.
(3) Totals for 2008 are preliminary.

Key characteristics of fatal work injuries in Kansas

Additional Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries data are available on the BLS Internet site at www.bls.gov/iif/oshcfoi1.htm. Data can be accessed in a number of ways. Selected current and historical information is available in PDF format. Detailed data may be accessed through the online query application or via an extensive collection of flat text files. For personal assistance or further information on the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries program, as well as other Bureau programs, contact the Kansas City Economic Analysis & Information Office at 816-285-7000 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. 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. in each 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: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

BLS thanks the Kansas Department of Labor 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.

Notes

1 Fatal events are categorized into several major groupings including transportation incidents, assaults and violent acts, and falls, among others. These major groups are further broken down into more detailed groups. See the Occupational Injury & Illness Classification System (OIICS) Manual at www.bls.gov/iif/oshoiics.htm for detailed information on the categories of fatalities used in this census.



Table 1. Fatal occupational injuries by event or exposure for all fatalities and major private industry(1) sector, Kansas, 2008
Event or exposure(2) Total fatalities (number) Goods producing Service providing
Total goods producing Natural resources and mining(3) Construction Manufacturing Total service providing Trade, transportation, and utilities Information Financial activities Professional and business services Education and health services Leisure and hospitality Other services

Total

73 42 26 10 6 28 16 -- -- 5 -- -- --

Contact with objects and equipment

12 12 10 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

Struck by object or equipment

5 5 5 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

Struck by flying object

3 3 3 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

Caught in or compressed by equipment or objects

6 6 4 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

Compressed or pinched by rolling, sliding, or shifting objects

4 4 3 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

Falls

7 4 -- -- 3 3 -- -- -- -- -- -- --

Fall to lower level

7 4 -- -- 3 3 -- -- -- -- -- -- --

Fall from scaffold, staging

3 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

Exposure to harmful substances or environments

6 6 3 3 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

Contact with electric current

3 3 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

Transportation accidents

38 18 12 4 -- 19 12 -- -- -- -- -- --

Highway accident

22 7 3 4 -- 14 7 -- -- -- -- -- --

Collision between vehicles, mobile equipment

9 3 3 -- -- 6 3 -- -- -- -- -- --

Moving in opposite directions, oncoming

3 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

Moving in intersection

5 -- -- -- -- 4 -- -- -- -- -- -- --

Vehicle struck object on side of road

8 -- -- -- -- 5 -- -- -- -- -- -- --

Noncollision accident

5 -- -- -- -- 3 -- -- -- -- -- -- --

Jack-knifed or overturned--no collision

5 -- -- -- -- 3 -- -- -- -- -- -- --

Nonhighway accident, except rail, air, water

8 8 7 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

Noncollision accident

7 7 6 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

Overturned

4 4 4 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

Pedestrian, nonpassenger struck by vehicle, mobile equipment

4 3 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

Pedestrian struck by vehicle, mobile equipment in parking lot or non-roadway area

3 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

Assaults and violent acts

9 -- -- -- -- 5 -- -- -- -- -- -- --

Assaults and violent acts by person(s)

4 -- -- -- -- 3 -- -- -- -- -- -- --

Self-inflicted injury

3 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

Footnotes:
(1) Classified according to the North American Industry Classification System.
(2) Based on the BLS Occupational Injury and Illness Classification Manual.
(3) Includes fatalities at all establishments categorized as Mining (Sector 21) in the North American Industry Classification System, including establishments not governed by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) rules and reporting, such as those in Oil and Gas Extraction.

NOTE: Totals for major categories may include subcategories not shown separately. Dashes indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria. n.e.c. means "not elsewhere classified." Data for 2008 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 2. Fatal occupational injuries by worker characteristics and event or exposure, Kansas, 2008
Worker characteristics Total fatalities (number) Event or exposure(1)
Transportation incidents(2) Assaults and violent acts(3) Contact with objects and equipment Falls Exposure to harmful substances or environments Fires and explosions

Total

73 38 9 12 7 6 --
Employee Status

Wage and Salary Workers(4)

39 21 5 3 6 3 --

Self-employed(5)

34 17 4 9 -- 3 --
Gender

Men

63 31 8 12 5 6 --

Women

10 7 -- -- -- -- --
Age

Under 16 years

-- -- -- -- -- -- --

16 to 17 years

-- -- -- -- -- -- --

18 to 19 years

-- -- -- -- -- -- --

20 to 24 years

6 3 -- -- -- -- --

25 to 34 years

7 3 -- -- -- -- --

35 to 44 years

9 5 -- -- -- -- --

45 to 54 years

13 8 -- 3 -- -- --

55 to 64 years

20 8 4 3 -- 3 --

65 years and over

16 9 -- 3 -- -- --
Race or Ethnic Origin(6)

White, non-Hispanic

60 29 8 10 7 5 --

Black, non-Hispanic

-- -- -- -- -- -- --

Hispanic or Latino

9 7 -- -- -- -- --

American Indian or Alaska Native

-- -- -- -- -- -- --

Asian

-- -- -- -- -- -- --

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

-- -- -- -- -- -- --

Footnotes:
(1) Based on the BLS Occupational Injury and Illness Classification Manual.
(2) Includes highway, nonhighway, air, water, rail fatalities, and fatalities resulting from being struck by a vehicle.
(3) Includes violence by persons, self-inflicted injury, and attacks by animals.
(4) May include volunteers and workers receiving other types of compensation.
(5) 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.
(6) Persons identified as Hispanic or Latino may be of any race. The race categories shown exclude data for Hispanics and Latinos.

NOTE: Totals for major categories may include subcategories not shown separately. Dashes indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria. Data for 2008 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 industry and event or exposure, Kansas, 2008
Industry(1) NAICS code(1) Total fatalities (number) Event or exposure(2)
Transportation incidents(3) Assaults and violent acts(4) Contact with objects and equipment Falls Exposure to harmful substances or environments Fires and explosions

Total

73 38 9 12 7 6 --

Private Industry

70 37 7 12 7 6 --

Goods Producing

42 18 -- 12 4 6 --

Natural Resources and Mining

26 12 -- 10 -- 3 --

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting

11 23 12 -- 9 -- -- --

Crop Production

111 15 6 -- 7 -- -- --

Animal Production

112 8 6 -- -- -- -- --

Cattle Ranching and Farming

1121 8 6 -- -- -- -- --

Mining(5)

21 3 -- -- -- -- -- --

Construction

10 4 -- -- -- 3 --

Construction

23 10 4 -- -- -- 3 --

Specialty Trade Contractors

238 7 4 -- -- -- -- --

Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors

2381 4 -- -- -- -- -- --

Manufacturing

6 -- -- -- 3 -- --

Manufacturing

31-33 6 -- -- -- 3 -- --

Service providing

28 19 5 -- 3 -- --

Trade, Transportation, and Utilities

16 12 -- -- -- -- --

Wholesale Trade

42 4 -- -- -- -- -- --

Retail Trade

44-45 3 -- -- -- -- -- --

Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers

441 3 -- -- -- -- -- --

Transportation and Warehousing

48-49 9 9 -- -- -- -- --

Truck Transportation

484 4 4 -- -- -- -- --

General Freight Trucking

4841 3 3 -- -- -- -- --

Professional and Business Services

5 -- -- -- -- -- --

Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services

56 3 -- -- -- -- -- --

Administrative and Support Services

561 3 -- -- -- -- -- --

Services to Buildings and Dwellings

5617 3 -- -- -- -- -- --

Government

3 -- -- -- -- -- --

Footnotes:
(1) Classified according to the North American Industry Classification System.
(2) Based on the BLS Occupational Injury and Illness Classification Manual.
(3) Includes highway, nonhighway, air, water, rail fatalities, and fatalities resulting from being
(4) Includes violence by persons, self-inflicted injury, and attacks by animals.
(5) Includes fatalities at all establishments categorized as Mining (Sector 21) in the North American Industry Classification System, including establishments not governed by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) rules and reporting, such as those in Oil and Gas Extraction.

struck by a vehicle.
NOTE: Totals for major categories may include subcategories not shown separately. Dashes indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria. Data for 2008 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 4. Fatal occupational injuries by occupation and event or exposure, Kansas, 2008
Occupation(1) Total fatalities (number) Event or exposure(2)
Transportation incidents(3) Assaults and violent acts(4) Contact with objects and equipment Falls Exposure to harmful substances or environments Fires and explosions

Total

73 38 9 12 7 6 --

Management occupations

24 12 -- 9 -- -- --

Other management occupations

23 11 -- 9 -- -- --

Agricultural managers

21 10 -- 9 -- -- --

Farmers and ranchers

21 10 -- 9 -- -- --

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations

3 -- -- -- -- -- --

Sales and related occupations

3 -- -- -- -- -- --

Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations

3 3 -- -- -- -- --

Agricultural workers

3 3 -- -- -- -- --

Miscellaneous agricultural workers

3 3 -- -- -- -- --

Construction and extraction occupations

13 4 -- 3 -- 4 --

Construction trades workers

10 4 -- -- -- -- --

Construction equipment operators

3 -- -- -- -- -- --

Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators

3 -- -- -- -- -- --

Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

3 -- -- -- -- -- --

Other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

3 -- -- -- -- -- --

Production occupations

4 3 -- -- -- -- --

Transportation and material moving occupations

11 9 -- -- -- -- --

Motor vehicle operators

5 5 -- -- -- -- --

Driver/sales workers and truck drivers

5 5 -- -- -- -- --

Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer

4 4 -- -- -- -- --

Footnotes:
(1) Based on the Standard Occupational Classification System.
(2) Based on the BLS Occupational Injury and Illness Classification Manual.
(3) Includes highway, nonhighway, air, water, rail fatalities, and fatalities resulting from being struck by a vehicle.
(4) Includes violence by persons, self-inflicted injury, and attacks by animals.

NOTE: Totals for major categories may include subcategories not shown separately. Dashes indicate no data reported or data do not meet publication criteria. Data for 2008 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: November 8, 2012

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