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October 1993, Vol. 116, No. 10
Fatal work injuries: results from the 1992 national census
Guy Toscano and Janice Windau
During 1992, slightly more than 6,000 workers lost their lives because of injuries incurred on the job, according to information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics first nationwide Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries. This amounts to an average of nearly 17 workplace deaths each day of the year. Tragically, some of these deaths might have been avoided if workers and employers had known more about their risks associated with the jobs.
The Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries helps fill this information gap.The census counts and verifies all fatal work injuries, providing information on how the injury occurred and certain characteristics of the fatally injured person (for example, age, gender, and race). For the first time, the 1992 census covered the 50 States and the District of Columbia. (In 1991, only 32 States and New York City were covered.)
Some major findings from the 1992 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries:
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