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October 1994

The changing character of fatal work injuries

Guy Toscano, Janice A. Windau

The 1993 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries reveals that most job-related fatalities now occur in service-producing industries, such as trucking firms and retailing; highway fatalities and homicide are leading events. This article summarizes major findings from the 1993 BLS fatality census, a program that provides accurate and verifiable counts of fatal work injuries and profiles where and how these deaths occurred and worker groups that were affected.

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