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Number of fatal occupational injuries in construction, manufacturing, trade, transportation, utilities, professional, and business services per 100,000 workers.

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  • Number of fatal occupational injuries in construction, manufacturing, trade, transportation, utilities, professional, and business services per 100,000 workers.

Occupational Fatalities

United States Occupational Fatalities (1990-2015) see more
  • Number of fatal occupational injuries in construction, manufacturing, trade, transportation, utilities, professional, and business services per 100,000 workers.
Ranking Value State
1 2 New York
2 2.2 Massachusetts
3 2.6 Washington
4 2.8 Connecticut
5 3 California
6 3.1 Minnesota
7 3.3 Oregon
8 3.4 Arizona
8 3.4 New Hampshire
10 3.5 Maine
10 3.5 New Jersey
12 3.6 Hawaii
13 3.7 Illinois
13 3.7 North Carolina
13 3.7 Rhode Island
16 3.8 Michigan
16 3.8 Wisconsin
18 3.9 Colorado
18 3.9 Georgia
18 3.9 Ohio
21 4 Maryland
21 4 Utah
23 4.1 Pennsylvania
24 4.2 Florida
25 4.3 Idaho
25 4.3 Vermont
27 4.4 Virginia
28 4.5 Delaware
29 4.6 Missouri
30 4.7 Alaska
31 4.8 South Carolina
32 4.9 Indiana
32 4.9 Tennessee
34 5 Nevada
35 5.1 Kentucky
36 5.2 Montana
37 5.3 Nebraska
38 5.4 Alabama
38 5.4 Kansas
38 5.4 Texas
41 5.5 Iowa
42 6.3 New Mexico
43 6.7 Arkansas
44 6.8 West Virginia
45 6.9 South Dakota
46 7.6 Louisiana
46 7.6 Oklahoma
48 7.9 Mississippi
49 10.4 North Dakota
50 12 Wyoming

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Overview

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 mix of industries in each state to more accurately reflect the variation in unsafe working conditions 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 2015 ranks are based on 2012 to preliminary 2014 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 (i.e., homicides and suicides) that occurred at work. Fatalities that occur during a person’s commute to or from work are not counted. The 2014 industry population data used to calculate rates is from the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

The number of occupational fatalities varies from 2 deaths per 100,000 workers in New York to 12 deaths per 100,000 workers in Wyoming. The national rate is 3.7 deaths per 100,000 workers, down slightly from the 2014 edition.

Public Health Impact

The occupational fatalities measure represents the impact of personal risk and unsafe working conditions on a population in the fields of construction, manufacturing, trade, transportation, utilities, as well as professional and business services. Occupational injuries would be a preferred measure, but there is not a uniform reporting system used by all 50 states. Occupational fatalities contribute to premature death as they often occur in the prime of life. Occupational fatalities result from the estimated 8.6 million annual occupational injuries at a cost of $6 billion in medical and indirect expenditures.[1] In 2013 there were approximately 4,500 occupational fatalities, the second-lowest total recorded since data collection began in 1992.[2] Disparities have been documented in occupational fatalities, with Hispanic workers at a higher risk than their non-Hispanic counterparts.[3]

The burden that occupational injuries and fatalities place on communities makes this area an excellent target for interventions. Using well-documented measures such as increasing safety precautions and regulatory oversight, significant progress has been made in reducing the number of occupational injuries and fatalities, even in the riskiest occupations.[4],[5] Reducing deaths from work-related injuries in all industries 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] US Department of Labor, Bureau of Statistics. Census of fatal occupational injuries. 2015.

[3] Dong XS, Choi SD, Borchardt JG, Wang X, Largay JA. Fatal falls from roofs among US construction workers. J Safety Res. 2013;44:17-24.

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

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