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Kansas Dept. of Labor releases work-related fatalities census

December 29, 2017 - 5:09 am
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Kansas had 74 fatal work-related injuries in 2016, according to the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries. The CFOI program is a national census conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics in partnership with the Kansas Department of Labor, Division of Industrial Safety and Health. This is in increase from 2015's 60 fatal work related injuries.
 
Transportation incidents in Kansas accounted for half of the fatal work-related injuries in 2016 with 37 fatalities. Of the 37 transportation-related fatal injuries, 27 fatalities or 73.0 percent were roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicles. Non-roadway incidents, such as a tractor overturned in a farm field, accounted for another 7 fatalities or 19.0 percent of the transportation-related fatal injuries.  In the nation, transportation incidents were also the most frequent fatal work-related injuries in 2016, accounting for 40.1 percent of all fatal work-related injuries.

Within the goods producing industry group, the natural resources and mining sector had the most fatal workrelated injuries for 2016 with 21 fatalities, or 28.4 percent of the state’s total fatal work-related injuries. This industry includes the agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting sector.  

Within the service providing industry group, the trade, transportation and utilities sector had the most fatal work-related injuries in 2016 with 16 fatalities, or 21.6 percent of the state’s total fatal work-related injuries. This industry includes wholesale and retail trade as well as transportation and warehousing.  

Men accounted for 69 or 93.2 percent of the fatal work-related injuries that occurred in 2016. Workers aged 35-44 accounted for 18 of the fatal work-related injuries followed by 16 fatalities in the workers aged 65 years and over category.  

The CFOI program collects data from multiple sources for every fatal work-related injury recorded. Each fatality is counted in the state where the incident occurs regardless of the state of employment. This ensures there is no duplication of reporting by the states.

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