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Occupational Injuries and Fatalities: A State-by-State Analysis

Tony Tramontana

According to the most recent census data and an economic news release by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) of more than 4,600 occupational fatalities in 2014, Louisiana ranked 12th among all states, accounting for 120 fatalities caused by events or exposures pertaining to specific occupations.

120 Occupational Fatalities in Louisiana

Of the 120 fatalities recorded, transportation incidents, harm caused by other people or animals, and falls or slips were the most common causes for these fatalities; other causes include fires and explosions, exposure to harmful substances, and contact with objects and equipment.

Compared to other states, Louisiana ranks high for occupational fatalities, but moderate to low for non-fatal occupational injuries. According to the BLS, Louisiana has the 7th highest fatality rate among all states, with 6.3 fatalities per 100,000 full-time employees.

Louisiana is outranked by occupational fatality rates in Wyoming (13.1), North Dakota (9.8), Alaska (7.8), South Dakota (7.2), Mississippi (7.1), and New Mexico (6.7).

States with the highest nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses rates, which are calculated per 100 full-time employees, include: Maine (5.3), Vermont (5.1), Washington (4.7), and Montana (4.6).

Occupational Injuries Rates and Fatalities Rates by State

In the chart below, the state’s Nonfatal Occupational Injuries and Illnesses are calculated per 100 full-time employees, and Occupational Fatalities are calculated per 100,000 full-time employees.

(Note: Each state voluntarily elects to participate in the BLS Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII) and the BLS Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI). Some data was not available in states that chose not to participate in one or both surveys.)

StateNonfatal Occupational Injuries & Illnesses (per 100 FTE)Occupational Fatalities

(Per 100,000 FTE)

Most Fatal Industry in State 
Alabama 3.04.0Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
Alaska4.07.8Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
Arizona3.23.1Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
Arkansas 2.75.7Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
California 3.82.0Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
Colorado N/A3.3Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction
Connecticut 3.72.1Transportation and utilities
Delaware2.82.8[1]Private Industry
District of Columbia1.63.1 Private Industry
FloridaN/A2.7Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
Georgia3.23.6Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
IdahoN/A4.7Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting / Transportation and Utilities
Illinois3.22.9Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
Indiana4.04.4Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
Iowa4.46.0Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
Kansas3.75.5Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting / Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction
Kentucky3.84.5Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
Louisiana 2.36.3Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
Massachusetts3.31.7Transportation and utilities
Michigan3.73.3Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
Minnesota3.72.3Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
Mississippi N/A7.1Transportation and utilities
Missouri3.33.9Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
Montana4.64.9Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
Nebraska3.65.8Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
New HampshireN/A2.6Private Industry
New Jersey3.32.1Construction / Transportation and utilities
New Mexico3.66.7Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction
New York3.12.8Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
North Carolina2.93.1Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
North DakotaN/A9.8Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction
Ohio2.93.6Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
OklahomaN/A6.2Transportation and utilities
Oregon4.03.9Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
Pennsylvania3.63.1Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
Puerto Rico4.1N/AN/A
Rhode Island N/A2.1Private Industry
South Carolina3.03.3Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
South DakotaN/A7.2Construction
Tennessee3.34.8Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
Texas2.64.8Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction
Utah3.34.2Transportation and utilities
Vermont5.13.2Private Industry
Virginia3.02.8Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
Washington4.72.7Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
West Virginia4.14.2Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction
Wisconsin4.03.5Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
Wyoming3.713.1Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting / Transportation and utilities

All data from 
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Population Survey, Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, 2016.

Occupational Injuries and Fatalities, by Industry

The type of work/industry a state’s population regularly engages influences occupational injury and fatality rates.

For example, Wyoming ranks 50th in the nation for population size but has the largest percentage of the workforce in mining and agriculture. The same is true of Alaska, where the population size is small compared to the percentage of workers in high-risk occupations, such as commercial fishing and logging.

The proportion of a workforce that is employed in these high-risk industries varies by state. This variation can help explain differences in fatal and non-fatal rates among states.

In Louisiana, workers in certain industries sustain nonfatal and fatal injuries at a much higher rate than the overall workforce; those industries include agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting.

Your Options in Louisiana Regarding Occupational Injury

Occupational injuries often result in lost wages, costly medical expenses, and emotional suffering. What’s worse, a wrongful death caused by negligence, poor working conditions, or unsafe equipment can destroy the lives of an entire family.

Whether it’s a broken bone, burn injury, neck or back injury, or catastrophic event, know that legal representation is available for you and your family.

Work-related injuries or fatalities can be devastating to a family. If you have any questions about an occupational injury or fatality, or if you suspect wrongful death caused by an employer’s negligence, we at the Monroe Law Office of J. Antonio Tramontana, Attorney at Law, want to hear from you.

For a free case review, please fill out the form to the right, or call me directly at (888) 982-1290.

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