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Fatal occupational injuries in the United States, 1980 through 1985.
Bell CA; Stout NA; Bender TR; Conroy CS; Crouse WE; Myers JR
JAMA J Am Med Assoc 1990 Jun; 263(22):3047-3050
A report was provided which described the traumatic occupational fatalities occurring in the United States for the 6 year period from 1980 through 1985. Information about fatally injured workers was presented at the national and state levels, by occupation and industry, as well as by general demographic characteristics. Approximately 7000 workers died in each year of the time period evaluated. Of this number, 94% were men. Unintentional injuries resulted in the deaths of 83% of the men and 50% of the women who died. Homicide accounted for 11% of the men and 39% of the women who died. The greatest number of deaths occurred in the group aged 20 through 34 years, but fatality rates were highest among those aged 70 years and older. Annual fatality rates for black workers at 7.7% was higher than the 6.5% recorded for white workers. The four industrial groups with the highest fatality rates were mining (31.9%); transportation, communication, and public utilities (25.4%); construction (24.0%); and agriculture, forestry and fishing (20.7%). The annual traumatic occupational fatality rate fell 23% over this 6 year period.
NIOSH-Author; Accident-statistics; Accident-analysis; Construction-industry; Mining-industry; Miners; Construction-workers; Agricultural-industry; Forestry-workers; Mortality-data; Traumatic-injuries
Issue of Publication
Journal of the American Medical Association
Page last reviewed: September 11, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division