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Occupational Fatalities
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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. , collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, US Department of Labor. 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.


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

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State Changes
Over Time
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1990 - South Carolina graph 12 7.6 View Actions
1991 - South Carolina graph 12 7.6 View Actions
1992 - South Carolina graph 12 6.4 View Actions
1993 - South Carolina graph 12 6.4 View Actions
1994 - South Carolina graph 29 8.2 View Actions
1995 - South Carolina graph 34 9.0 View Actions
1996 - South Carolina graph 26 6.5 View Actions
1997 - South Carolina graph 26 6.5 View Actions
1998 - South Carolina graph 26 5.8 View Actions
1999 - South Carolina graph 31 6.5 View Actions
2000 - South Carolina graph 38 7.3 View Actions
2001 - South Carolina graph 38 7.3 View Actions
2002 - South Carolina graph 39 6.9 View Actions
2003 - South Carolina graph 34 6.3 View Actions
2004 - South Carolina graph 30 5.8 View Actions
2005 - South Carolina graph 36 6.7 View Actions
2006 - South Carolina graph 39 8.4 View Actions
2007 - South Carolina graph 42 8.5 View Actions
2008 - South Carolina graph 43 8.7 View Actions
2009 - South Carolina graph 39 6.7 View Actions
2010 - South Carolina graph 39 6.0 View Actions
2011 - South Carolina graph 30 4.9 View Actions
2012 - South Carolina graph 33 5.2 View Actions
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