Indiana’s Workplace Fatality Report: Holding the Line
The annual preliminary Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries report, released by the Indiana Department of Labor (IDOL), is out for 2014. The number of worker deaths, at 127, is the same as 2013. 2014’s number ties both 2013 and 2007 for the fourth-lowest number of occupational fatalities for which we have records. The all-time low was hit in 2012, with 115 fatalities.
We can be happy that the number of fatalities did not increase from 2013 to 2014, and that the past 20 years have seen a considerable improvement in the numbers. In 1994, occupational fatalities totaled 194. That number has been generally on a downward trajectory since then.
Notable takeaways from IDOL’s report for 2014 include:
- Slightly more than 40 percent of workplace fatalities—52 total—resulted from transportation-related situations. More than half of them (30) involved motorized vehicles and happened on roadways. The transportation category contained the highest number of workplace-related fatalities.
- Violence and other injuries caused by persons or animals was the second-most-frequently fatal category in Indiana for the second year in a row. There were 25 fatalities, with the majority of them occurring in the service industries. Eighteen of these 25 deaths were homicides, with 15 of them intentional shootings by someone else.
- Events that involved fatal contact with objects and equipment resulted in 15 fatalities. Seven of these events happened in the agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting category, which was the industry group with the most fatalities overall.
- The agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting industries had more transportation-related deaths than any other workplace category, with 13.
- Of the 127 fatalities, 119 were men and 8 were women.
- Older workers had more fatalities. There were 30 deaths among those aged 55-64; workers 65 and over suffered 27 deaths. Workers in the age range of 45-54 had 26 fatalities.
- Most workplace fatalities happened on streets and highways (36). Deaths in industrial locales totaled 27. Farms had 19 fatalities, and public buildings saw 14 deaths.
This preliminary report demonstrates that the primary cause of fatalities in 2014 was vehicle crashes, and is consistent with previous years’ reports.
With regard to the report, IDOL Commissioner Rick Ruble commented, “The Indiana Department of Labor remains committed to promoting safe workplaces for all Hoosiers . . . . We strive to help Indiana employers improve their safety and health practices [in order] to adopt a culture of workplace safety and health excellence.”
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