Number of fatalities from occupational injuries per 100,000 workers.



Occupational Fatalities: Iowa

Iowa Occupational Fatalities (1990-2013) see more
  • Number of fatalities from occupational injuries per 100,000 workers.

Occupational Fatalities

United States Occupational Fatalities (1990-2013) see more
  • Number of fatalities from occupational injuries per 100,000 workers.
Ranking Value State
1 1.9 Massachusetts
2 2.9 California
2 2.9 Oregon
4 3.2 Arizona
4 3.2 New York
4 3.2 Utah
7 3.3 Minnesota
7 3.3 Washington
9 3.4 Georgia
9 3.4 Maine
9 3.4 New Hampshire
12 3.5 Delaware
12 3.5 New Jersey
14 3.6 Ohio
15 3.7 Connecticut
15 3.7 Rhode Island
17 3.8 Vermont
18 3.9 Illinois
18 3.9 Wisconsin
20 4 Maryland
20 4 Virginia
22 4.1 Michigan
23 4.2 Idaho
24 4.3 Colorado
24 4.3 Florida
26 4.4 Pennsylvania
27 4.7 Missouri
27 4.7 North Carolina
29 4.9 Hawaii
29 4.9 Nebraska
31 5.1 Indiana
31 5.1 Nevada
31 5.1 South Carolina
34 5.2 Kentucky
34 5.2 Texas
36 5.5 Tennessee
37 5.6 Alabama
37 5.6 Montana
39 6 Iowa
40 6.9 Kansas
40 6.9 South Dakota
42 7.2 West Virginia
43 7.6 Louisiana
44 7.7 Mississippi
45 7.8 Oklahoma
46 8.2 Arkansas
47 8.4 Alaska
47 8.4 Wyoming
49 8.6 New Mexico
50 10.2 North Dakota


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Occupational Fatalities is the combined rate of fatal injuries in the following industries: construction, manufacturing, trade, transportation, utilities, professional, and business services, as defined by the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). Rather than using an occupational fatality rate for all workers, this industry-adjusted rate is used to account for the different industry mixes in each state in order to accurately reflect the safety differences between the states. Occupational fatalities are measured over a 3-year span because of their low incidence rate. In states where occupational fatality data is not available for a specific industry, the national rate for that industry was used to calculate the state’s occupational fatality rate. The 2013 ranks are based on 2010 to preliminary 2012 occupational fatality data from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, US Department of Labor. CFOI includes fatalities resulting from non-intentional injuries such as falls, electrocutions, and acute poisonings as well as from motor vehicle crashes that occurred during travel for work. Also included are intentional injuries (ie, homicides and suicides) that occurred at work. Fatalities that occur during a person’s commute to or from work are not counted. The 2012 industry population data used to calculate rates is from the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Occupational fatalities represent the impact of high risk jobs or unsafe working conditions on the population. Occupational injuries would be a preferred measure; however, there is not a uniform reporting system used by all 50 states. Occupational fatalities represent the most severe outcome from the work environment and injuries incurred there. These deaths contribute towards premature death as occupational fatalities often occur in the prime of life. Every year there are 5,600 occupational fatalities as a result of an estimated 8.6 million occupational injuries.[1] The estimated direct medical cost of these injuries exceeds $46 billion.1 The significant burden that occupational injuries and fatalities place on the community makes this area an excellent target for interventions. Significant progress has been made in reducing the number of occupational injuries and fatalities even in the riskiest of occupations through well documented measures such as increasing safety precautions and increased regulatory oversight.[2][3]

The number of occupational fatalities varies from 1.9 deaths per 100,000 workers in Massachusetts to 10.2 deaths per 100,000 workers in North Dakota. The national rate is 3.8 deaths per 100,000 workers, an 8 percent decrease from 4.1 deaths per 100,000 workers in the 2012 Edition.

Reducing deaths from work-related injuries is a Healthy People 2020 objective.

[1] Leigh JP. Economic burden of occupational injury and illness in the United States. Milbank Q. 2011;89(4):728-72.

[2] Smith GS. Public health approaches to occupational injury prevention: Do they work? Injury Prevention. 2001; 7(90001):3i.

[3] Herbert R. Work-related death: A continuing epidemic. Am J Public Health. 2000;90(4):541.