Percentage of Workers Employed in Industries and Occupations at High Risk for Occupational Mortality

In 2010 in the United States, 4,690 individuals lost their lives because of an occupationally related injury.  The fatal injury rate for the U.S. was 3.6 fatal injuries per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers.  (See the Indicator for Fatal Work-Related Injuries for more information on Minnesota fatalities.) This indicator focuses on the proportion of workers employed in industries and occupations at high risk for fatal work-related injuries. “High risk” industries and occupations are defined here as those with a fatal injury rate two-fold or greater than the overall mortality rate for U.S.

Two data sources are used to create this indicator: data on industries and occupations with a fatality rate at least twice the overall national rate; and the number of workers employed in those industries and occupations in Minnesota. The number of employees in each high risk category is derived from the Current Population Survey conducted by the U.S. Census.

State and national data on all fatal work-related injuries in the U.S. comes from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) –conducted annually by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The CFOI uses multiple data sources--death certificates, workers’ compensation reports, and federal and state agency administrative reports--to compile as complete a list as possible of all occupationally related fatal injuries that occur in the United States.  The CFOI is a cooperative program between the states and the federal government and has been operational since 1992.  Detailed information and statistics regarding job-related injuries, illnesses, and fatalities can also be found in the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industries (DLI) annual Minnesota Workplace Safety Report.

As the overall work-related fatality rate has declined in the U.S, the threshold rate used in defining high risk industries and occupations (two-fold or greater rate) has also changed over time. For the time frame used in this indicator, three different threshold rates were used for defining high risk industries and occupations. For the time period 2000-2002, a fatal injury rate of 10 was used (representing 27 industries and 24 occupations). For the period 2003-2007, high risk was defined as a fatality rate of 9.5 per 100,000 workers (representing 31 industries and 57 occupations). For the period 2008-2011, high risk was defined as a fatality rate of 7.5 deaths per 100,000 workers or higher (representing 40 industries and 62 occupations). 

Due to the changing rates used to define industries and occupations at high risk of work-related deaths, trend analysis was limited to the five-year period 2003- 2007. No change was found in the percentage of Minnesotans employed in these occupations.

The percentages of workers in industries or occupations at high risk of fatal injuries in Minnesota are shown in the graphs and tables shown below. Lists of high risks industries and occupations for the most recent time period (2008-2011) are also shown below.

Percentage of Minnesotans Employed in High Mortality Risk Industries. 2000-2011

Percent of Minnesotans employed in high mortality industries, data in table below

Percentage of Minnesotans Employed in High Mortality Risk Occupations, 2000-2011

Percent of Minnesotans employed in high risk mortality industries, data in table below

Percentage of Minnesotans Employed in High Mortality Risk Industries and Occupations, 2000-2011

Year Percentage in High Mortality Risk Industry Percentage in High Mortality Risk Occupation
2000 14.3 7.8
2001 14.1 7.4
2002 14.1 6.6
2003 13.6 9.3
2004 12.8 8.8
2005 12.2 8.0
2006 12.8 8.6
2007 12.5 8.8
2008 14.2 10.5
2009 12.6 10.5

High Risk Industries for Occupational Mortality, 2008-2011

Crop production
Animal production
Forestry, except logging
Fishing, hunting, trapping
Support activities for agriculture and forestry
Oil and gas extraction
Coal mining
Metal ore mining
Nonmetallic mineral mining and quarrying
Support activities for mining
Animal food, grain, and oilseed milling
Sugar and confectionery products
Miscellaneous petroleum and coal products
Iron and steel mills and steel product manufacturing
Nonferrous metal production and processing (except aluminum)
Ship and boat building
Sawmills and wood preservation
Veneer, plywood, and engineered wood product manufacturing
Recyclable material wholesalers
Farm product raw materials wholesalers
Farm supplies wholesalers
Wholesale electronic markets, agents, and brokers
Rail transportation
Water transportation
Truck transportation
Taxi and limousine service
Pipeline transportation
Scenic and sightseeing transportation
Services incidental to transportation
Sound recording industries
Other consumer good rental
Commercial, industrial, and other intangible assets rental and leasing
Landscaping services
Waste management and remediation services
Drinking places, alcoholic beverages
Commercial and industrial machinery and equipment repair and maintenance

The table list industries that had a fatal injury rate at least twice the overall rate for the U.S. during 2008-2009.


High Risk Occupations for Occupational Mortality, 2008-2011

Farmers and ranchers
Athletes, coaches, umpires, and related workers
Fire fighters
Security guards and gaming surveillance officers
Crossing guards
First-line supervisors/managers of housekeeping and janitorial workers
Pest control workers
Grounds maintenance workers
Tour and travel guides
First-line supervisors/managers of farming, fishing, and forestry workers
Miscellaneous agricultural workers
Fishers and related fishing workers
Logging workers
First-line supervisors/managers of construction traders and extraction workers
Brick masons, block masons, and stonemasons
Cement masons, concrete finishers, and terrazzo workers
Construction laborers
Paving, surfacing, and tamping equipment operators
Operation engineers and other construction equipment operators
Insulation workers
Painters, construction, and maintenance
Structural iron and steel workers
Helpers, construction trades
Highway maintenance workers
Miscellaneous construction and related workers
Derrick, rotary drill, and service unite operators, oil, gas, and mining
Earth drillers, except oil and gas
Mining machine operators
Roustabouts, oil and gas
Other extraction workers
First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers
Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists
Heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians and mechanics
Maintenance and repair workers, general
Maintenance workers, machinery
Electronic power-line installers and repairers
Molders and molding machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic
Welding, soldering, and brazing workers
Chemical processing machine setters, operators, and tenders
Aircraft pilots and flight engineers
Driver/sales workers and truck drivers
Taxi drivers and chauffeurs
Motor vehicle operators, all other
Locomotive engineers and operators
Railroad brake, signal, and switch operators
Railroad conductors and yardmasters
Sailors and marine oilers
Ship and boat captains and operators
Ship engineers
Service station attendants
Conveyor operators and tenders
Crane and tower operators
Industrial truck and tractor operators
Refuse and recyclable material collectors
Material moving workers, all other

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