Table 1. Number and Percent Distribution of Fatal Occupational Injuries by Event or Exposure, California, 1992-96

Event or Exposure 1996* 1995 1994 1993 1992
Number Percent Number Percent Number Number Number
Total 599 100.0 646 100.0 643 664 651
Transportation accidents 252 42.1 262 40.6 243 245 254
Highway accident 154 25.7 144 22.3 127 135 136
Collision between vehicles, mobile equipment 73 12.2 73 11.3 66 84 74
Vehicle struck stationary object, equipment 29 4.8 26 4.0 24 6 21
Noncollision accident 48 8.0 44 6.8 35 43 38
Nonhighway accident (farm, industrial premises) 28 4.7 41 6.3 27 28 18
Noncollision accident 23 3.8 37 5.7 25 24 16
Worker struck by vehicle, mobile equipment 34 5.7 45 7.0 43 37 45
In parking lot or non-roadway area 18 3.0 26 4.0 20 18 23
In roadway 10 1.7 10 1.5 15 7 10
On side of road 6 1.0 8 1.2 8 11 11
Aircraft 26 4.3 28 4.3 35 38 50
Water vehicle 6 1.0 3 0.5 7 2 1
Railway 3 0.5 1 0.2 4 4 2
Assaults and violent acts 172 28.7 194 30.0 196 245 200
Homicides 148 24.7 153 23.7 164 205 164
Shooting 120 20.0 123 19.0 139 171 139
Stabbing 10 1.7 12 1.9 14 13 12
Self-inflicted injury 23 3.8 39 6.0 28 38 36
Assaults by animals 1 0.2 2 0.3 4 2 -
Contact with objects and equipment 53 8.8 66 10.2 64 55 72
Struck by object 24 4.0 47 7.3 48 29 34
Struck by falling object 13 2.2 24 3.7 29 21 22
Caught in or compressed by equipment or objects 21 3.5 12 1.9 9 19 33
Caught or crushed in collapsing structure/materials 6 1.0 6 0.9 4 6 5
Excavation or trenching cave-in 4 0.7 4 0.6 1 4 2
Falls 58 9.7 53 8.2 73 51 56
Falls to lower level 52 8.7 44 6.8 61 40 44
Fall from ladder 10 1.7 12 1.9 11 6 8
Fall from roof 15 2.5 9 1.4 13 10 9
Fall from scaffold, staging 5 0.8 2 0.3 8 3 4
Fall on same level 3 0.5 8 1.2 8 8 6
Exposure to harmful substances or environments 46 7.7 52 8.0 48 46 57
Contact with electric current 26 4.3 27 4.2 25 26 31
Contact with overhead lines 13 2.2 10 1.5 10 11 14
Contact with electric current of machine, tool, appliance or light fixture 7 1.2 8 1.2 4 2 3
Contact with wiring, transformers, or other electrical components 5 0.8 8 1.2 10 10 10
Exposure to caustic, noxious, allergenic substances 11 1.8 12 1.9 12 12 15
Drowning, submersion 5 0.8 7 1.1 9 5 9
Fires and explosions 13 2.2 18 2.8 16 19 10
Fires -- unintended or uncontrolled 6 1.0 7 1.1 11 12 3
Explosions 7 1.2 11 1.7 5 7 7
* Figures for 1996 are preliminary and will be updated as new cases are determined to be work-related.

Note: Totals may include data for subcategories not shown separately. Percentages may not add to totals due to rounding.

Source: California Division of Labor Statistics and Research, in cooperation with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, 1992-96.

August 1997