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Fatal Occupational Injuries

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), and the States share responsibility for the surveillance of fatal occupational injuries. NIOSH conducts surveillance of these injuries through the National Traumatic Occupational Fatalities Surveillance System (NTOF), which contains information from death certificates managed by the 52 U.S. vital statistics reporting units and has fatality data from 1980 onward. In response to a National Academy of Sciences recommendation, BLS began compiling fatal occupational injury data in 1992 through its Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI). Data for CFOI are obtained from various Federal, State, and local administrative sources, including death certificates, workers' compensation reports and claims, reports to regulatory agencies, medical examiner reports, police reports, and news items. Differences in NTOF and CFOI definitions and data collection and recording procedures may result in different fatality counts. The two programs are complementary, each having unique features that contribute to the surveillance of fatal occupational injuries.

Data from NTOF indicate that 93,929 civilians in the United States were killed on the job from 1980 through 1995. The average annual fatality rate for this period was 5.3 per 100,000 workers. From 1980 through 1995, the number of deaths recorded by NTOF decreased by 28% (from 7,405 to 5,314), and the rate of death decreased by 43% (from 7.46 to 4.25 cases per 100,000 workers). CFOI fatality counts exceeded those of NTOF by about 1,000 in the years reported in both surveillance systems (19921995). Based on CFOI data, the rate of fatal occupational injuries declined by 7% between 1992 and 1997.

Fatal Injuries by Leading Cause

The leading causes of fatal occupational injuries recorded in NTOF from 1980 to 1995 were motor vehicle incidents, machine-related injuries, homicides, falls, and electrocutions. During that period, rates for deaths from all causes declined, although not always consistently. Male workers died most frequently from motor vehicle incidents, machine-related injuries, homicides, and falls; female workers died most frequently from homicides and motor vehicle incidents, followed by falls and machine-related injuries. CFOI data, which are classified differently from NTOF data, indicate that transportation incidents accounted for 42% of all fatal occupational injuries in 1997. Highway-related motor vehicle crashes and homicides accounted for about one-third of the fatalities recorded in CFOI.

Fatal Injuries by Industry and Occupation

NTOF classifies a fatality by the industry and occupation in which the worker was "usually" employed. By industry division, mining and agriculture, forestry, and fishing (followed by construction and transportation and public utilities), had the highest fatal occupational injury rates recorded in NTOF from 1980 to 1995. The most deaths occurred in construction, transportation and public utilities, and manufacturing. By occupational group, the highest rates of fatal injury occurred among transportation and agriculture, forestry, and fishing workers. Precision production, craft, and repair occupations (11% of the workforce) along with transportation workers (4% of the workforce) accounted for nearly 40% of the fatal occupational injuries from 1980 to 1995.

CFOI classifies a fatality by the industry and occupation in which the worker was employed at the time of death. By industry division, construction accounted for the largest number of deaths recorded in CFOI in 1997, and mining had the highest fatality rate per 100,000 workers. Agriculture, forestry, and fishing ranked second in rate and third in number of fatal occupational injuries. By occupation, the largest number of fatalities occurred among truck drivers, farm occupations, sales occupations, and construction laborers. The leading causes of death for these groups were highway crashes and jackknifing for truck drivers, tractor-related injuries for farmers, homicides for sales occupations, and falls for construction laborers. The occupations with fatal occupational injury rates at least 10 times the national average of 4.8 per 100,000 workers include timber cutters, fishers, water transportation occupations, aircraft pilots, and extractive occupations.

Workers in mining and agriculture, forestry, and fishing had the highest rates of machine-related deaths, and workers in transportation and public utilities, mining, and agriculture, forestry, and fishing had the highest rates of work-related motor vehicle deaths. Workers in retail trade and public administration had the highest rates of workplace homicide.

Fatal Injuries among Truck Drivers

Truck drivers suffered nearly 14% of the fatal occupational injuries during 1997 according to CFOI data. The number of fatalities among truck drivers has increased fairly steadily, from 699 in 1992 to 862 in 1997. Over the same period, the fatality rate increased from 26 to 28 per 100,000 workers. In 1997, more than 50% of the fatalities occurred in trucks with trailers or semitrailers, and more than 80% occurred in transportation-related incidents. Fatalities from jackknifing and from collisions increased by 16% and 9%, respectively, between 1996 and 1997. More than half of the fatal occupational injuries among truck drivers occurred on interstate highways, freeways, expressways, or other State or U.S. highways.

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