Table 3. Number and percent distribution of fatal occupational injuries
by occupation, California, 1997-98
        1998* 1997
      Occupation** Number Percent Number Percent
                 
  Total .................................................................... 617   100.0   652   100.0  
               
Managerial and professional specialty occupations ............................... 78   12.6   85   13.0  
  Executive, administrative, managerial occupations ...................... 54   8.8   58   8.9  
  Professional specialty occupations ...................................... 24   3.9   27   4.1  
                 
Technical, sales and administrative support ....................................... 84   13.6   88   13.5  
  Technicians and related support occupations ......................................................... 22   3.6   8   1.2  
  Sales occupations .................................................................................. 56   9.1   59   9.0  
  Supervisors and proprietors .............................................................................. 36   5.8   25   3.8  
  Sales workers, retail and personal services ...... 15   2.4   27   4.1  
  Administrative support, including clerical .................................... 6   1.0   21   3.2  
                 
Service occupations .................................................................................... 65   10.5   71   10.9  
  Protective service occupations ........................................................... 40   6.5   39   6.0  
  Police and detectives, including supervisors ................................................................. 20   3.2   20   3.1  
  Firefighting and fire prevention, including supervisors . 8   1.3   3   0.5  
  Guards, including supervisors ..................................................................................................... 11   1.8   16   2.5  
  Food preparation and service occupations ......................................... 9   1.5   13   2.0  
  Cleaning and building service occupations, exc. household ................................. 9   1.5   11   1.7  
  Personal service occupations ........................................................ 4   0.6   4   0.6  
                 
Farming, forestry, and fishing occupations ...................................... 77   12.5   64   9.8  
  Farming occupations, including operators and managers .............................................................. 42   6.8   37   5.7  
  Related agricultural occupations ............................................................. 20   3.2   16   2.5  
  Groundskeepers and gardeners, except farm ...................................... 17   2.8   13   2.0  
  Forestry and logging occupations ............................................... 6   1.0   3   0.5  
  Fishers and officers of fishing vessels ....................................................... 9   1.5   5   0.8  
                 
Precision production, craft, and repair ............................................... 102   16.5   91   14.0  
  Mechanics and repairers ......................................................................... 28   4.5   30   4.6  
  Construction trades .................................................................................... 52   8.4   46   7.1  
  Precision production occupations ............................................................. 21   3.4   11   1.7  
                 
Operators, fabricators, and laborers ...................................................... 168   27.2   191   29.3  
  Machine operators, assemblers, inspectors ........................................ 13   2.1   20   3.1  
  Transportation and material moving occupations ....................... 101   16.4   117   17.9  
  Motor vehicle operators ................................................................ 85   13.8   99   15.2  
  Truck drivers .......................................................................................... 75   12.2   86   13.2  
  Material moving equipment operators .................................. 15   2.4   11   1.7  
  Handlers, equipment cleaners, helpers, laborers .......................... 54   8.8   54   8.3  
  Construction laborers .................................................... 31   5.0   22   3.4  
  Freight, stock and material handlers ............................................ 4   0.6   5   0.8  
                 
Military occupations .............................................................................................. 29   4.7   29   4.4  
                       
* 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, 1997-98.
August 1999