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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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Occupational Fatalities: Vermont

Vermont Occupational Fatalities (1990-2014) see more
  • 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 (1990-2014) 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 2.2 Massachusetts
2 2.5 Washington
3 2.8 Connecticut
4 3 New York
4 3 Oregon
6 3.1 Georgia
7 3.2 Arizona
7 3.2 California
7 3.2 Minnesota
10 3.5 Utah
11 3.7 Illinois
11 3.7 Maine
11 3.7 New Hampshire
11 3.7 New Jersey
11 3.7 Ohio
16 3.8 Maryland
16 3.8 Wisconsin
18 3.9 Michigan
19 4 Rhode Island
20 4.1 North Carolina
21 4.2 Colorado
21 4.2 Florida
21 4.2 Nebraska
24 4.3 Vermont
25 4.4 Hawaii
25 4.4 Nevada
25 4.4 Pennsylvania
25 4.4 Virginia
29 4.5 Delaware
30 4.6 Idaho
31 4.8 Missouri
32 5 Tennessee
33 5.2 Texas
34 5.3 Alabama
34 5.3 Indiana
36 5.4 Kentucky
36 5.4 Montana
38 5.5 South Carolina
39 5.6 Iowa
40 6 Kansas
40 6 South Dakota
42 6.1 Alaska
43 6.8 West Virginia
44 7.1 Oklahoma
45 7.2 Mississippi
46 7.5 Arkansas
47 8.2 Louisiana
48 8.8 New Mexico
49 11.8 North Dakota
50 12.5 Wyoming

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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 2014 ranks are based on 2011 to preliminary 2013 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 2013 industry population data used to calculate rates is from the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

The number of occupational fatalities varies from 202 deaths per 100,000 workers in Massachusetts to over 10 deaths per 100,000 workers in North Dakota and Wyoming. The national rate is 3.8 deaths per 100,000 workers, the same as in the 2013 Edition.

 

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]

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.