Information was provided on traumatic occupational fatalities occurring in the United States for the 6 year period from 1980 through 1985. As part of the National Traumatic Occupational Fatality project, a database containing information from death certificates for work related deaths recorded in the United States since the beginning of 1980 was constructed. States were requested to identify and copy death certificates meeting the National Traumatic Occupational Fatality project criteria. Nearly 7,000 work related deaths were identified in each of the 6 years. Only 6 percent of the workers who died were women. Homicides accounted for 13 percent of the deaths, and suicide accounted for 3 percent. The fatality rate was highest for workers 70 years of age or older. The greatest number of deaths were found for craftsmen and kindred workers, transportation operatives, farmers, and nonfarm laborers. The highest fatality rates among the states were found for Alaska and Wyoming. For the private sector, the overall rate of fatal work related injuries for the period was 7.9 per 100,000 workers. There was a 16.9 percent decrease in the number of deaths from 1980 to 1985.