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Fatal workplace injuries by event or exposure, 1992-1998


Event or Exposure (1)
1993-1997 average

1997 number
1998 number
1998 percent (2)
Total
6,335
6,238
6,026
100
Transportation incidents
2,611
2,605
2,630
44
Highway
1,334
1,393
1,431
24
Collision between vehicles
652
640
701
12
Non-collision
360
387
373
6
Jackknifed or overturned
267
298
300
5
Non-highway (farm, industrial premises)
388

377

384
6
Overturned
214
216
216
4
Aircraft
315
261
223
4
Worker stuck by a vehicle
373
367
413
7
Water vehicle
106
109
112
2
Railway
83
93
60
1
Assaults and violent acts
1,241
1,111
960
16
Homicides
995
860
709
12
Shooting
810
708
569
9
Stabbing
75
73
61
1
Other, including bombing
110
79
79
1
Self-inflicted injury
215
216
223
4
Contact with objects and equipment
1,005
1,035
941
16
Struck by object
573
579
517
9
Struck by falling object
369
384
317
5
Struck by flying object
65
54
58
1
Caught in or compressed by equipment or objects
290
320
266
4
Caught in running equipment
153
189
129
2
Caught or crushed in collapsing material
124
118
140
2
Falls
668
716
702
12
Fall to lower level
591
653
623
10
Fall from ladder
94
116
111
2
Fall from roof
139
154
156
3
Fall from scaffold, staging
83
87
97
2
Fall on same level
52
44
51
1
Exposure to harmful substances or environments
605
592
641
609
Contact with electric current
320
298
334
6
Contact with overhead power lines
128
138
153
3
Contact with temperature extremes
43
40
46
1
Exposure to caustic, noxious, or allergenic substances
120
123
104
2
Inhalation of substances
70
59
48
1
Oxygen deficiency
101
90
87
1
Drowning
80
72
75
1
Fire and explosives
199
196
205
3
Other events or exposures (3)
26
21
16
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Footnotes

(1) Based on the 1992 BLS Occupational Injury and Illness Classification Structures.

(2) The BLS news release issued Aug. 8, 1996, reported a total of 6,210 fatal work injuries for calendar year 1995. Since then, an additional 65 job-related fatalities were identified, bringing the total job-related fatality count for 1995 to 6,275.

(3) Includes the category "Bodily reaction and exertion."

Note: Totals for major categories may include subcategories not shown separately. Percentages may not add to totals because of rounding. Dashes indicate less than 0.5 percent or data that is not available, or that does not meet publication criteria.

See also: Industries with the most injuries and illnesses, 1998

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, in cooperation with State and Federal agencies, Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, 1992-1998.

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