Table 2.  Number and percent distribution of fatal occupational
injuries by selected worker characteristics, California, 1997-98
    1998* 1997
     Characteristic   Number Percent Number Percent
           
         
        Total ................................................. 617 100.0 652 100.0
         
Employment Status        
  Wage and salary workers ................... 500 81.0 553 84.8
  Self-employed** ................................ 117 19.0 99 15.2
         
Gender        
  Men .................................................. 570 92.4 596 91.4
  Women ............................................................ 47 7.6 56 8.6
         
Age        
  Under 20 years ................................. 11 1.8 15 2.3
  20 to 24 years .................................. 45 7.3 68 10.4
  25 to 34 years .................................. 151 24.5 151 23.2
  35 to 44 years ................................. 145 23.5 157 24.1
  45 to 54 years .................................. 141 22.9 137 21.0
  55 to 64 years .................................... 79 12.8 78 12.0
  65 to 74 years .................................... 26 4.2 32 4.9
  75 years and over .................................. 14 2.3 13 2.0
         
Race        
  White ............................................. 464 75.2 512 78.5
  Black ............................................. 27 4.4 34 5.2
  Asian or Pacific Islander .................. 54 8.8 71 10.9
  Other or unknown .......................... 71 11.5 35 5.4
         
Hispanic Origin        
  Hispanic*** .......................................... 171 27.7 189 29.0
           
* Figures for 1998 are preliminary and will be updated as new cases are 
determined to be work-related
** Includes paid and unpaid family workers, and may include owners of
incorporated businesses, or members of partnerships.
*** Persons identified as Hispanic may be of any race.
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, 1997-98.
 August 1999