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					 NEW YORK-NEW JERSEY INFORMATION OFFICE
 New York, N.Y.
 For Release: Wednesday, October 6, 2010                                                    NYLS – 7455

 Technical information: Martin Kohli (646) 264-3620 • BLSInfoNY@bls.gov •www.bls.gov/ro2
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          CENSUS OF FATAL OCCUPATIONAL INJURIES, NEW YORK CITY − 2009
                      Fatal work injuries declined to series low

A total of 63 fatal work injuries were reported in New York City in 2009, the U.S. Bureau of Labor
Statistics (BLS) reported today, 27 less than a year ago. Regional Commissioner Michael L. Dolfman
noted that while these results are preliminary, the 2009 total was the lowest number of work-related
fatalities reported in New York City since the start of the BLS fatality census in 1992. (See table A and
chart A.) Nationwide, a total of 4,340 fatal work injuries were reported for 2009, a 17-percent decrease
from 2008. (Final 2009 numbers will be released in April 2011.)

Table A. Fatal occupational injuries in the United States and New York City, by
selected event or exposure, 2008 and 2009
                                             United States         New York City
             Event or exposure
                                            2008       2009      2008        2009
Total                                        5,214       4,340       90          63
 Highway incidents                           1,215         882         5          6
 Homicides                                     526         521       18          16
 Self-inflicted injuries                       263         237         8         12
 Struck by object                              520         414         -          5
 Fall to lower level                           593         518       25           5
NOTE: Totals for 2009 are preliminary.


Homicides were the most frequent type of workplace fatality in New York City in 2009 accounting for
16 deaths, down from 18 in 2008. That category ranged from 15 to 19 deaths in each of the past 5 years.
Workplace suicides rose from 8 in 2008 to 12 in 2009, and fatal highway incidents (6) were little
changed over the year. The number of fatal falls to a lower level declined to 5, a series low. (See chart A
and table 1.)




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   Chart A. Total work-related fatalities, homicides, and falls to lower level, New York City,
   1992-2009
   Fatalities
   200




   160




   120

                                                                                                                               Total


    80



                                                                               Homicides

    40



                                                     Falls to lower level
     0
      1992      1993    1994     1995     1996     1997     1998     1999     2000     2001     2002   2003   2004   2005   2006   2007   2008   2009p
   p = preliminary
   Note: Data from 2001 exclude fatalities resulting from the September 11 terrorist attacks.




In the United States, highway incidents continued to be the most frequent fatal workplace event,
accounting for 20 percent of fatal work injuries, followed by homicides and falls to a lower level (each
12 percent, respectively, of all work-related fatalities). The distribution of workplace fatalities in New
York City differed from the national distribution. In particular, the share of highway fatalities (10
percent) was lower in the City than for the nation as a whole, while the share of homicides (25 percent)
was higher. (See chart B.)

Nationally, a total of 4,340 fatal work injuries were recorded in 2009, down 17 percent from the revised
total of 5,214 fatalities recorded in 2008. The 2009 total was the smallest annual preliminary total since
the start of the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) program in 1992. Highway incidents totaled
882, a 27-percent decrease from 2008, and the lowest count since the census began. Workplace homicide,
involved in 521 incidents in 2009, was slightly lower than the prior series low of 526 reported in 2008.
Down 13 percent over the year, fatal falls to lower levels amounted to 518, the lowest total recorded
since 1993.




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   Chart B. Distribution of fatal occupational injuries, New York City and United States, 2009
    Percent of all
    fatal events

   100




    80                         Other




    60

                       Self-inflicted injuries



    40
                        Highway incidents




    20                      Homicides




                         Fall to lower level
     0
                          New York City                                  United States




Profile of fatal work injuries by industry, occupation, and demographic characteristics in New
York City

Industry. Most workplace fatalities in New York City continued to occur in the construction sector, with
13 incidents in 2009, down from 31 in 2008. (See table 2.) In construction, falls to a lower level were the
most frequent event, accounting for 38 percent of the sector's fatalities. The New York City construction
sector accounted for 21 percent of all at-work deaths; nationally, construction accounted for 19 percent of
workplace deaths.

Transportation and warehousing reported 10 worker deaths, the next highest count among industry
sectors in New York City. Highway incidents accounted for four of these fatalities. Other services had
nine work fatalities, and retail trade had six. No other sector experienced more than five workplace
deaths in 2009.

Occupation. Two major occupational groups accounted for 50 percent of all the workplace fatalities in
the City. Transportation and material moving occupations had 18 deaths, 12 of which involved motor
vehicle operators. Homicide was the most frequent type of fatality involving transportation and material
moving workers, resulting in six deaths.

Construction and extraction workers suffered 13 fatalities, 3 of which involved construction laborers.
(See table 3.) Contact with objects and equipment was the most frequent type of fatality among
construction and extraction workers, accounting for five incidents.


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Demographics. Forty-six percent of those fatally injured on-the-job in New York City were white, non-
Hispanic workers. (See table 4.) Hispanic or Latino workers accounted for 32 percent, followed by
black, non-Hispanic or African-American (14 percent), and Asian (8 percent).

Self-employed workers incurred 17 percent of the on-the-job deaths in New York City, while nationally,
they accounted for 23 percent of all job fatalities in 2009.

Technical notes

Background of the program
The Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), part of the BLS occupational safety and health
statistics program, compiles a count of all fatal work injuries occurring in the U.S. during the calendar
year. The program uses diverse state, federal, and independent data sources to identify, verify, and
describe fatal work injuries. This assures counts are as complete and accurate as possible.

For technical information about the CFOI program, please go to the BLS Handbook of Methods on the
BLS web site here: www.bls.gov/opub/hom/homch9_a1.htm. The technical information and definitions
for the CFOI Program are in Chapter 9, Part III of the BLS Handbook of Methods.

Beginning with 2009 data, the CFOI program began classifying industry using the 2007 version of the
North American Industry Classification System (NAICS 2007). Industry data from 2003 to 2008 were
classified using the NAICS 2002. NAICS 2007 includes revisions across several sectors, with the most
significant revisions in the information sector. For more information, go to www.bls.gov/bls/naics.htm.

Federal/state agency coverage
The CFOI includes data for all fatal work injuries, whether the decedent was working in a job covered by
the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) or other federal or state agencies or was
outside the scope of regulatory coverage. Thus, any comparison between the BLS fatality census counts
and those released by other agencies should take into account the different coverage requirements and
definitions being used by each agency.

Several federal and state agencies have jurisdiction over workplace safety and health. OSHA and
affiliated agencies in states with approved safety programs cover the largest portion of the nation's
workers. However, injuries and illnesses occurring in certain industries or activities, such as coal, metal,
and nonmetal mining and highway, water, rail, and air transportation, are excluded from OSHA coverage
because they are covered by other federal agencies, such as the Mine Safety and Health Administration
and various agencies within the Department of Transportation.

Acknowledgements
BLS thanks the participating states, New York City, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the
Virgin Islands for their efforts in collecting accurate, comprehensive, and useful data on fatal work
injuries. BLS also appreciates the efforts of all federal, state, local, and private sector agencies that
submitted source documents used to identify fatal work injuries. Among these agencies are the
Occupational Safety and Health Administration; the National Transportation Safety Board; the U.S.
Coast Guard; the Mine Safety and Health Administration; the Office of Workers’ Compensation
Programs (Federal Employees' Compensation and Longshore and Harbor Workers' divisions); the
Federal Railroad Administration; the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; state vital
statistics registrars, coroners, and medical examiners; state departments of health, labor and industries,
and workers' compensation agencies; state and local police departments; and state farm bureaus.

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Table 1. Fatal occupational injuries in New York City by event or exposure, 2008 and 2009
                                                                       2008                2009
                        Event or exposure1
                                                                      Number       Number       Percent
    Total                                                                    90           63         100

 Transportation incidents                                                          10            11             17
  Highway incidents                                                                 5             6             10
   Collision between vehicles, mobile equipment                                     3             5              8
  Pedestrian, nonpassenger struck by vehicle, mobile equipment                      5             4              6
   Pedestrian struck by vehicle, mobile equipment in parking lot or
    non-roadway area                                                                3              -              -

 Assaults and violent acts                                                         26            28             44
  Homicides                                                                        18            16             25
   Shooting                                                                        10            12             19
   Stabbing                                                                         3             -              -
   Assaults and violent acts by person(s),
     not elsewhere classified                                                       4             -              -
  Self-inflicted injuries                                                           8            12             19
   Suicide, attempted suicide                                                       8            12             19

 Contact with objects and equipment                                                15              9            14
  Struck by object or equipment                                                     -              5             8
   Struck by falling object or equipment                                            -              4             6
  Caught in or compressed by equipment or objects                                   3              3             5
  Caught in or crushed in collapsing materials                                      9              -             -
   Caught in or crushed in collapsing structure                                     9              -             -

 Falls                                                                             29              8            13
  Fall to lower level                                                              25              5             8
   Fall from ladder                                                                 5              -             -
   Fall from scaffold, staging                                                      6              -             -
   Fall to lower level, not elsewhere classified                                    8              -             -
  Fall on same level                                                                4              3             5
   Fall to floor, walkway, or other surface                                         4              3             5

 Exposure to harmful substances or environments                                     4              -              -
  Contact with electric current                                                     4              -              -

 Fire and explosions                                                               6              -               -
  Fire--unintended or uncontrolled                                                 6              -               -
    Fire in residence, building, or other structure                                5              -               -
1
  Based on the 2007 Occupational Injury and Illness Classification Manual. Includes other events and exposures
such as bodily reaction in addition to those shown separately.
NOTE: Blank cells indicate data that are not available. Because of rounding and data exclusion of nonclassifiable
responses, data may not sum to the totals.
(See note at end of tables.)




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Table 2. Fatal occupational injuries in New York City by industry, 2008 and 2009
                                                                   NAICS         2008                2009
                             Industry1                                   1
                                                                    code        Number       Number         Percent
    Total                                                                               90         63             100
 Private industry                                                                       79         62             98

  Goods producing                                                                       32         14             22

   Construction                                                            23           31         13             21
      Construction of buildings                                         236              8            4               6
       Residential building construction                               2361              4            -               -
       Nonresidential building construction                            2362              4            3               5
      Specialty trade contractors                                       238             22            9           14
       Building foundation and exterior contractors                    2381             12            -               -
       Building equipment contractors                                  2382              5            4               6
       Building finishing contractors                                  2383              4            -               -

  Service providing                                                                     47         48             76

   Trade, transportation, and utilities                                                 22         19             30
    Utilities                                                              22            3            -               -
    Wholesale trade                                                        42            3            3               5
    Retail trade                                                      44-45              7            6           10
    Transportation and warehousing                                    48-49              9         10             16
      Truck transportation                                              484              3            -               -
      Transit and ground passenger transportation                       485              3            7           11

   Financial activities                                                                  4            5               8
    Real estate and rental and leasing                                     53            3            5               8
      Real estate                                                       531              3            5               8

   Professional and business services                                                    6            7            11
    Professional and technical services                                    54            -            3               5
    Administrative and waste services                                      56            5            4               6
      Administrative and support services                               561              5            4               6

   Educational and health services                                                       3            -               -

   Leisure and hospitality                                                               5            6            10
    Accommodation and food services                                        72            5            5               8
      Food services and drinking places                                 722              5            5               8

   Other services except public administration                             81            7            9           14
      Repair and maintenance                                            811              -            3               5
      Personal and laundry services                                     812              3            4               6
                2
 Government                                                                              11          -                -
   Local government                                                                       8          -                -
1
  Based on the North American Industry Classification System, 2007. Data from 2008 were classified according to
the 2002 version. For more information, go to www.bls.gov/bls/naics.htm.
2
  Includes fatalities to workers employed by governmental organizations regardless of industry.
(See note at end of tables.)




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Table 3. Fatal occupational injuries in New York City by occupation, 2008 and 2009
                                         1                                2008            2009
                              Occupation
                                                                         Number    Number     Percent
       Total                                                                 90        63          100
    Management occupations                                                    3         4               6
     Other management occupations                                             -         4               6
      Property real estate and community association managers                 -         3               5
    Protective service occupations                                            5         5               8
     Other protective service workers                                         -         5               8
      Security guards and gaming surveillance officers                        -         5               8
       Security guards                                                        -         5               8
    Food preparation and serving related occupations                          3          -              -
    Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations                 6          -              -
     Building cleaning and pest control workers                               4          -              -
      Building cleaning workers                                               4          -              -
        Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners         4          -              -
    Personal care and service occupations                                     -         3               5
    Sales and related occupations                                             7         4               6
     Supervisors sales workers                                                4         -               -
      First-line supervisors/managers sales workers                           4         -               -
       First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers                4         -               -
     Retail sales workers                                                     3         -               -
    Office and administrative support occupations                             6         3               5
     Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers    3         -               -
     Other office and administrative support workers                          3         -               -
    Construction and extraction occupations                                  28        13           21
     Supervisors, construction and extraction workers                         4         -            -
      First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and
       extraction workers                                                     4         -            -
     Construction trades workers                                             23        10           16
      Construction laborers                                                  13         3            5
      Electricians                                                            4         -            -
    Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations                         -         3               5
    Production occupations                                                    4         3               5
    Transportation and material moving occupations                           20        18           29
     Motor vehicle operators                                                 11        12           19
      Driver/sales workers and truck drivers                                  7         5            8
       Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer                               5         -            -
      Taxi drivers and chauffeurs                                             -         6           10
     Other transportation workers                                             -         3            5
     Material moving workers                                                  8         -            -
      Crane and tower operators                                               4         -            -
      Laborers and material movers, hand                                      3         -            -
1
 Based on the 2000 Standard Occupational Classification system.
(See note at end of tables.)


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Table 4. Fatal occupational injuries in New York City by selected demographic characteristics,
2008 and 2009
                                                                                2008                   2009
                             Characteristic
                                                                              Number         Number           Percent
       Total                                                                           90            63            100

      Employee status
Wage and salary1                                                                       76            52             83
Self-employed2                                                                         14            11             17

      Sex
Male                                                                                   81            57             90
Female                                                                                  9              6            10

      Age3
20-24 years                                                                             -              3                5
25-34 years                                                                            14            12             19
35-44 years                                                                            18            13             21
45-54 years                                                                            30            20             32
55-64 years                                                                            19            10             16
65 years and over                                                                       6              4                6

      Race or ethnic origin4
White                                                                                  47            29             46
Black or African American                                                              12              9            14
Asian                                                                                  10              5                8
Hispanic or Latino                                                                     21            20             32
1
    May include volunteers and workers receiving other types of compensation.
2
    Includes self-employed workers, owners of unincorporated businesses and farms, paid and unpaid
family workers, members of partnerships, and may include owners of unincorporated businesses.
3
    Because there may have been no incidents reported for some ages or because the data do not
meet publication criteria, information is not available for all age groups. In addition, some fatalities
may have had insufficient information with which to determine the age of the decedents.
4
    Persons identified as Hispanic or Latino may be of any race. The race categories shown exclude
Hispanic and Latino workers.
NOTE: Data for 2009 are preliminary. Totals for major categories may include subcategories not
shown separately. Percentages may not add to totals because of rounding. Dashes indicate no data
reported or data do not meet publication criteria.




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