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Washington Workplace Fatalities – 2011


Fatal work injuries totaled 58 in 2011 for Washington, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Richard J. Holden noted that while the 2011 count was preliminary, the number of work-related fatalities in Washington had declined by 46 over the year. Fatal occupational injuries in the state have ranged from a high of 128 in 1996 to a low of 58 in 2011. (See chart 1.)

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

Chart 1. Total fatal occupational injuries, Washington, 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 58 fatal work injuries reported in Washington in 2011, half of the events resulted from transportation incidents (29). Other major event categories each reported nine or fewer deaths. (See table 1.) Within transportation incidents, roadway incidents was the most frequent type of workplace fatality with 12 deaths; in fact, it accounted for more than 20 percent of all on-the-job fatalities in the state. The second largest event in transportation incidents, aircraft incidents, accounted for six 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. Washington’s 50-percent share of on-the-job fatalities due to this event was larger than the nationwide share. (See chart 2.) Violence and other injuries by persons or animals was the second most frequent type of event nationally with 17 percent of work related fatalities, 7 percentage points higher than the share in Washington. 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, Washington 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: 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 Washington Department of Labor & Industries.

Table 1. Fatal occupational injuries by event or exposure, Washington, 2011(P)
Event or exposure(1) Number Percent
Total
58 100
Violence and other injuries by persons or animals
6 10
Intentional injury by person
4 7
Intentional injury by other person
3 5
Transportation incidents
29 50
Aircraft incidents
6 10
Other in-flight crash
5 9
Pedestrian vehicular incident
4 7
Roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicle
12 21
Roadway collision with other vehicle
7 12
Roadway collision--moving in same direction
3 5
Roadway noncollision incident
3 5
Falls, slips, trips
9 16
Falls to lower level
8 14
Other fall to lower level
6 10
Exposure to harmful substances or environments
5 9
Exposure to electricity
4 7
Indirect exposure to electricity
3 5
Contact with objects and equipment
9 16
Struck by object or equipment
7 12
Struck by falling object or equipment--other than powered vehicle
5 9

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, Washington, 2010-2011
Industry(1) 2010 2011(P)
Number Number Percent
Total
104 58 100
Private industry
93 48 83
Natural resources and mining
22 5 9
Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
21 4 7
Construction
9 6 10
Construction
9 6 10
Heavy and civil engineering construction
-- 3 5
Manufacturing
14 5 9
Manufacturing
14 5 9
Trade, transportation, and utilities
18 20 34
Wholesale trade
-- 5 9
Merchant wholesalers, nondurable goods
-- 3 5
Transportation and warehousing
11 14 24
Truck transportation
6 9 16
General freight trucking
6 6 10
General freight trucking, long-distance
5 5 9
General freight trucking, long-distance, truckload
3 5 9
Specialized freight trucking
-- 3 5
Professional and business services
12 7 12
Administrative and waste services
10 6 10
Administrative and support services
8 4 7
Services to buildings and dwellings
4 3 5
Landscaping services
3 3 5
Leisure and hospitality
6 3 5
Government(3)
11 10 17
Federal government(4)
-- 4 7
State government(4)
-- 4 7

Footnotes:
(1) Industry data are based on the North American Industry Classification System, 2007. Total may include other industries not shown.
(3) 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.
(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, Washington, 2010-2011
Occupation(1) 2010 2011(P)
Number Number Percent
Total
104 58 100
Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations
4 5 9
Grounds maintenance workers
-- 4 7
Grounds maintenance workers
-- 4 7
Office and administrative support occupations
-- 3 5
Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers
-- 3 5
Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations
19 4 7
Construction and extraction occupations
8 9 16
Construction trades workers
7 8 14
Construction laborers
-- 5 9
Construction laborers
-- 5 9
Transportation and material moving occupations
18 22 38
Motor vehicle operators
9 14 24
Driver/sales workers and truck drivers
9 11 19
Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers
8 10 17
Material moving workers
6 4 7
Military specific occupations(2)
-- 4 7

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.

(2) Military specific occupations include fatalities to persons identified as resident armed forces regardless of individual occupation listed.
(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, Washington, 2010-2011
Worker characteristics 2010 2011(P)
Number Number Percent

Total

104 58 100
Employee status

Wage and salary workers(1)

86 53 91

Self-employed(2)

18 5 9
Gender

Men

95 52 90

Women

9 6 10
Age(3)

20 to 24 years

6 4 7

25 to 34 years

22 12 21

35 to 44 years

21 10 17

45 to 54 years

22 13 22

55 to 64 years

18 14 24

65 years and over

15 4 7
Race or ethnic origin(4)

White, non-Hispanic

84 46 79

Hispanic or Latino

14 5 9

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: January 2, 2013