Bureau of Labor Statistics

Youths and on-the-job danger

July 15, 1999

Agriculture is one of the most dangerous industries for youths. Between 1992 and 1997, forty percent of fatal injuries to workers under 18 occurred on farms.

Number of fatalities to youths by industry, 1992-97
[Chart data—TXT]

Of the 403 youths fatally injured on the job, 162 were working in agriculture. Over half of youth deaths in agriculture were related to transportation.

Retail trade was the next most dangerous industry for youths in the 1992-97 period—87 fatality victims worked in retail trade. Homicide accounted for close to two-thirds of these fatalities.

These data are a product of the BLS Safety and Health Statistics Program. Additional information is available in "Research Summary: Fatal Injuries and Young Workers" (PDF 31K), Compensation and Working Conditions, Summer 1999.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Youths and on-the-job danger at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/1999/jul/wk2/art04.htm (visited January 19, 2022).

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