DefinitionNumber and incidence rate of fatal occupational injuries, when the injury occurred while the individual was working for pay, or volunteering in the same capacity as other paid workers, at the time of the event, and engaged in a legal work activity either on or off of the employer's premises.
NumeratorNumber of fatal occupational injuries during a specified time interval, excluding workers under the age of 16, volunteers, or resident military.
DenominatorEstimated number of employed persons age 16 years and older during a specified time interval. Fatal injury rates exclude workers under the age of 16 years, volunteers, and resident military.
Why Is This Important?Each day, U.S. workers suffer injury, disability, and death from workplace incidents. In 2018, 5,250 U.S. workers died from an occupational injury and approximately 2.8 million workers had a nonfatal injury or illness. Occupational injuries are largely preventable, and ongoing surveillance of occupational fatalities can help public health and other governmental agencies track and prevent future work-related fatal injuries.
Healthy People Objective: Reduce deaths from work-related injuriesU.S. Target: All industries: 3.6 deaths per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers[[br]]
Construction: 9.7 deaths per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers
Other Objectives'''Healthy New Jersey 2020 Objective OSH-1a''': Reduce deaths from work-related injuries (unintentional and homicide) in all industries to 1.7 per 100,000 employed persons.
'''Revised Healthy New Jersey 2020 Objective OSH-1b''': Reduce deaths from work-related injuries (unintentional and homicide) in construction to 6.7 per 100,000 construction workers. ''Original target: 8.8.''
How Are We Doing?New Jersey annual rates from 2008 to 2018, for all injuries, ranged from 1.6-2.6 fatalities / 100,000 employed persons in comparison to the U.S. rates of 3.3-3.7 fatalities / 100,000 employed persons. During 2018, fatal occupational injuries in New Jersey were predominantly male (93%) and 24% ranged in age from 45-54 years. Fifty-two percent of the decedents were White, non-Hispanic; 13% were Black, non-Hispanic; and 27% were Hispanic. The most common types of fatal occupational injury events were transportation-related deaths (39%); falls, slips, trips (19%); and violence and other injuries by persons or animals (16%).
Annual rates from 2008-2018 for construction industry ranged from 5.6-12.7 fatalities / 100,000 equivalent full-time workers. In 2018, of the 83 workers who died from work-related injuries, 23 (28%) of these deaths occurred in the construction industry; 11 of these were among specialty trade contractors.
Health Program InformationThe U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) collects data on fatal occupational injuries from various federal, state, and local source documents, including death certificates, workers' compensation reports, medical examiner reports, media reports, and police reports. To be included in CFOI, the decedent must have been employed at the time of the event, or volunteering in the same capacity as other paid workers, been engaged in legal work activity or been present at a site as a job requirement. Public- and private-sector noninstitutionalized workers (e.g., wage and salary, self-employed, and volunteer) are included. CFOI excludes deaths that occurred during a workers' normal commute to and from work and deaths related to occupational illnesses (e.g., lung disease or cancer).
Summary reports of fatal occupational injuries in New Jersey are available at: [http://nj.gov/health/workplacehealthandsafety/occupational-health-surveillance/fatal-injuries/]