Table 3.
Number and Percent Distribution of Fatal Occupational Injuries by Occupation, California, 1995-96

Characteristic 1996* 1995
Number Percent Number Percent
Total 599 100.0 646 100.0
Managerial and professional specialty occupations 76 12.7 91 14.1
Executive, administrative, managerial occupations 47 7.8 51 7.9
Professional specialty occupations 29 4.8 40 6.2
Technical, sales and administrative support 92 15.4 96 14.9
Technicians and related support occupations 10 1.7 25 3.9
Sales occupations 72 12.0 59 9.1
Supervisors and proprietors 48 8.0 26 4.0
Administrative support, including clerical 10 1.7 12 1.9
Service occupations 66 11.0 69 10.7
Protective service occupations 38 6.3 47 7.3
Police and detectives, including supervisors 15 2.5 22 3.4
Guards, including supervisors 23 3.8 22 3.4
Food preparation and service occupations 8 1.3 10 1.5
Cleaning and building service occupations, except household 11 1.8 6 0.9
Personal service occupations 4 0.7 2 0.3
Farming, forestry, and fishing occupations " 63 10.5 64 9.9
Farming occupations, including operators and managers " 34 5.7 38 5.9
Related agricultural occupations 20 3.3 19 2.9
Groundskeepers and gardeners, except farm 17 2.8 17 2.6
Forestry and logging occupations 3 0.5 5 0.8
Fishers and officers of fishing vessels 6 1.0 2 0.3
Precision production, craft, and repair 102 17.0 93 14.4
Mechanics and repairers 26 4.3 30 4.6
Construction trades 56 9.3 51 7.9
Precision production occupations 17 2.8 9 1.4
Operators, fabricators, and laborers 163 27.2 205 31.7
Machine operators, assemblers, inspectors 14 2.3 17 2.6
Transportation and material moving occupations 101 16.9 132 20.4
Motor vehicle operators 85 14.2 115 17.8
Truck drivers 80 13.4 100 15.5
Material moving equipment operators 11 1.8 15 2.3
Handlers, equipment cleaners, helpers, laborers 48 8.0 56 8.7
Construction laborers 14 2.3 23 3.6
Freight, stock and material handlers 5 0.8 7 1.1
Military occupations 24 4.0 21 3.3

*Figures are preliminary and will be updated as new cases are determined to be work-related.

**Based on the 1990 Occupational Classification System developed by the U.S. Bureau of the Census.

Note: Totals 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, 1995-96.

August 1997