Fatal occupational injury in Florida

The Florida fatal injury rates from 2015-2017 depict the risk of incurring a fatal occupational injury which can be used to compare risk among worker groups with varying employment levels.   Florida’s rate in the table above represents the number of fatal occupational injuries per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers and was calculated as:

  • Fatality rate = (NS/EHS) x 200,000,000 where
  • NS= number of fatal work injuries in the state
  • EH= total hours worked by all employees in the state during the calendar year
    200,000,000 = base for 100,000 equivalent full-time workers (working 40 hours per

week, 50 weeks per year)

Florida’s rates by industry were imputed by using national level “average hours” and “at work” information from CPS to calculate the average annual number of hours for each employee, since these data are not available at the state level. EHS (total hours worked by all employees in the state during the calendar year) was calculated as:

  • EHS= HWN x ES where
  • ES= State employment (from LAUS)
  • HWN= average annual number of hours for each employee at the national level (from CPS)
  • Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and hunting
  • Construction
  • Transportation and Utilities

In 2016 there was a spike in Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and hunting industry that was lower by about five points and then drastically dropped in 2017.  Construction remained the steady from 2015-2017 and Transportation and Utilities saw about a 50% decrease from 2015 to 2016 and remained steady into 2017.

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