March 2016 Occupational Fatalities
March was a tragic month for workers. Nine workers died. Eight of the deaths were transportation events. One was a fall. Worker ages ranged from 9 to 63 years, with an average age of 39.6.
Three crew members of a tugboat died after a collision with a barge in the Hudson River.
Two drivers in two different parts of the state died two days apart in the same scenario: each entered lowered crossing gates and was struck and killed in a collision with a train.
A bulldozer operator was killed when he fell from his machinery and was run over. A nine-year-old farm boy was killed when he fell from a manure spreader and was run over by the wheels.
A construction worker died in a fall of 35 feet; he was wearing a safety harness but it was not secured.
As we prepare to honor the memory of those workers who have been killed or seriously injured in life-changing occupational incidents on April 28, Workers Memorial Day, it is clear that our work is not done. 241 workers died in traumatic injury incidents in NYS in 2014. This means, on average, almost 5 New Yorkers’ lives are lost each week in occupational injury incidents; this an increase of 35% from last year. 4821 workers were killed in the U.S. in work-related injuries in the U.S., the highest annual total since 2008. The overall rate of 3.4 fatal injuries per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers is the highest national fatal rate since 2010. The transportation fatalities listed in this report are examples of the transportation events that are the number one cause of death to workers in NYS and in the U.S. as a whole, totals which have increased 5% in the last year.
The Bureau of Occupational Health and Injury Prevention (BOHIP) at the New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH) provides a list of possible work-related fatalities each month to keep the message of Workers’ Memorial Day alive throughout the year. We hope that it will continue to assist in injury prevention efforts that will result in safer and healthier workplaces for all workers.
Following are some links to NYSDOH and NYFACE injury prevention materials and other NIOSH FACE program materials that are relevant to the fall from vehicle/run-over deaths, falls from height, single vehicle tractor-trailer and train-vehicle collisions. These may be useful in your work.
FALL FROM VEHICLE and/or RUNOVER:
OTHER FACE PROGRAM LINKS: FALL FROM HEIGHT
TRACTOR-TRAILER SINGLE VEHICLE COLLISIONS:
DISCLAIMERS The information provided above has not been verified by the NYS CFOI program. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data for NYS CFOI work-related fatalities may differ in number from this report. Official statistics include surveillance from confidential records that cannot be shared or source validation may conclude that a fatality was out of scope. Cases of work-related fatal injuries for the five counties of New York City are excluded from New York State data and are available under a separate program.