The number of fatal work injuries that occurred during 1999 was 6,023, nearly the same as the previous year's total despite an increase in employment.
Decreases in job-related deaths from homicides and electrocutions in 1999 were offset by increases from workers struck by falling objects or caught in running machinery. Homicides fell from the second-leading cause of fatal work injuries to the third, behind highway fatalities and falls. Construction reported the largest number of fatal work injuries for any industry and accounted for one-fifth of the fatality total.
These data are a product of the BLS Safety and Health Statistics Program. Additional information is available from "National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, 1999," news release USDL 00-236.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Fatal work injuries in 1999 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2000/aug/wk2/art05.htm (visited February 26, 2024).