Bureau of Labor Statistics

Work-related multiple-fatality incidents, 1995-99

November 24, 2004

Nearly three-fifths of work-related multiple-fatality incidents from 1995 to 1999 involved transportation.

Work-related multiple-fatality incidents by event or exposure, 1995-99 (percent)
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Most of the transportation-related incidents leading to more than one fatal injury were head-on highway collisions or incidents involving air and water vessels.

Assaults and violent acts accounted for about one-fifth of multiple-fatality incidents. The category includes 173 multiple homicides claiming 535 workers’ lives, plus 34 murder-suicides claiming 40 workers’ lives in addition to the assailants who committed suicide.

Fires and explosions and exposure to harmful substances or environments each accounted for less than one-tenth of multiple-fatality incidents. Falls accounted for just two percent of multiple-fatality incidents.

These data are from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), part of the Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities program. To learn more, see "Work-related multiple-fatality incidents," by Dino Drudi and Mark Zak, in the October 2004 issue of the Monthly Labor Review.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Work-related multiple-fatality incidents, 1995-99 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2004/nov/wk4/art02.htm (visited November 28, 2021).

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