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March 2004, Vol. 127, No. 3
Occupational fatalities: self-employed workers and wage and salary workers
Stephen M. Pegula
Economist, Office of Safety, Health, and Working Conditions, Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Although making up just 7.4 percent of the U.S. civilian workforce in 2001, self-employed workers incurred almost 20 percent of workplace fatalities that year; even in the same industry or occupation, they faced risks different from those of their wage and salary counterparts.
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