Lesia Shannon Kudelka
Communications Director and Ombudsman
Counsel to Office of Communications
The number of fatal work-related injuries recorded in South Carolina for the past three years has declined nearly 47 percent, according to data from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI).
A preliminary total of 65 fatal work injuries were recorded in 2010, while 73 were recorded in 2009, 87 in 2008, and 122 in 2007.
Key preliminary findings of the 2010 South Carolina CFOI:
The fatality census counts every death that is work related, including highway deaths and homicides which are not covered by OSHA. Thus, any comparison between the BLS fatality census counts and OSHA counts should take into account the different coverage requirements and definitions being used by each agency.
Of the 65 deaths on the BLS fatality census for 2010, the 29 highway deaths and the 12 assaults and violent acts did not fall under state OSHA's jurisdiction.
According to state OSHA data, 36 deaths that occurred on the job were reported to OSHA in 2010. Of the 36 deaths reported, only 15 were determined to be work-related and investigated. The remaining 21 deaths were determined to be non-work related or not in its jurisdiction, such as three highway deaths, 15 natural causes and three sole proprietors.
The Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) is compiled by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, in cooperation with the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. The report compiles a count of all fatal work injuries occurring in South Carolina during the calendar year. The CFOI 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.
To access the complete report for South Carolina, go to www.scosha.llronline.com/index.asp?file=BLS/fatalitydata/2010fatal.htm
The national data can be found at: http://bls.gov/news.release/cfoi.nr0.htm