Calif. Labor Dept. Reports Decrease in Workplace Fatalities

September 14, 2000

Good news for workers, employers and insurers alike: the number of workers killed on the job in California in 1999 was at the lowest level since 1992. These findings and others were recently published in the annual report from the Department of Industrial Relations’ Division of Labor Statistics and Research (DLSR).

Total workplace fatalities declined by 8.2 percent, while the total work force increased by 8.4 percent. The total number of job-related fatalities was 591 in 1999, out of California’s labor force of 16,585,900. In 1992, that figure was at 644 in a labor force of 15,307,000. Operators, fabricators and laborers led the list of 1999 work-related fatalities by occupation at 32.7 percent; followed by precision production, craft and repair at 15.9 percent; and farming, forestry and fishing occupations at 14.6 percent.

Transportation accidents—such as collisions between vehicles, worker struck by vehicle or mobile equipment—was the leading cause of work-related deaths at 44 percent; while assaults and violent acts came in second at 18.8 percent of the total workplace fatalities. The entire report is available online at

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