National Traumatic Occupational Fatalities: 1980-1985


This report describes U.S. traumatic occupational fatalities for the 6-year period from 1980 through 1985. The Division of Safety Research (DSR) of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has constructed a database as part of its National Traumatic Occupational Facility (NTOF) project. This database contains information from death certificates for work-related deaths recorded in the U.S. since the beginning of 1980. NIOSH plans to continue collecting information on work-related deaths and assembling such deaths in the NTOF database at least until 1990.

This report describes traumatic occupational deaths occurring during the first 6-years of the project and provides information on these deaths at the national and state levels, as well as by occupation and industry. Characteristics of fatally injured workers are also described. Tables indicate which industries in each state have a high risk of fatal injury at work. While this report does not present tests of hypotheses about why specific states or industries have greater numbers of higher rates of traumatic occupational fatalities, it does provide the descriptive background required by injury prevention professionals to direct additional research. Furthermore, the data presented suggests where intervention activities need to be directed. This information also provides a basis for justifying occupational injury prevention programs and measuring their successes or failures.


SOURCE: Morgantown, West Virginia: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health; 1989. 28.


his document was extracted from the CDC-NIOSH Epidemiology of Farm Related Injuries: Bibliography With Abstracts, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

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