Department of Economics, San Jose State University, San Jose, California 1992 Dec; :1-66
Occupations and industries which have the highest job related death rates were identified, and the causes of deaths within occupations and industries were investigated. Data were gathered from the 1979 to 1983, 1985 and 1986 Bureau of Labor Statistics Supplemental Data System. The estimated number of annual deaths was 5,601. For men and women combined the occupations with the highest rates per 100,000 included stone cutters, 351; blasters, 123; airplane pilots, 117; motormen, 111; surveying assistants, 81; lumberjacks, 80; miscellaneous laborers, 67; asbestos workers, 65; and electric power linemen, 55. For women only, the high rate occupations included pilots, 189; earth drillers, 188; crane workers, 53; geologists, 35; therapy assistants, 35; metal molders, 30; miners, 27; laborers, 23; and stewardesses, 13. For both sexes the source of death most often involved highway vehicles, heart failure, bullets, mineral items, ground, floor, aircraft, and fire. The most common injuries or illnesses were multiple injuries, heart condition, fracture, cut, nonclassifiable, strangulation, contusion, electrocution, burn, and silicosis. Several jobs which are usually considered safe by the public were among the most hazardous.
Department of Economics, San Jose State University, San Jose, California