Table 4.  Number and percent distribution of fatal occupational
injuries by industry, California, 1997-98
        1998* 1997
                Industry** Number Percent Number Percent
                 
           Total .............................................................................. 617   100.0   652   100.0  
                 
  Private Industry ...............………………......................................... 530   85.9   574   88.0  
                 
Agriculture, forestry, and fishing ......................................................... 72   11.7   70   10.7  
  Agricultural production - crops ........................................................... 24   3.9   18   2.8  
  Agricultural production - livestock ................................................. 5   0.8   10   1.5  
  Agricultural services ........………........................................................ 33   5.3   37   5.7  
  Crop services .................................................................................... 8   1.3   14   2.1  
  Farm labor and management services ................................ 9   1.5   6   0.9  
  Landscape and horticultural services ....................................................................................... 14   2.3   15   2.3  
  Commercial fishing ...................................................................................... 10   1.6   5   0.8  
                 
Mining ................................................................................................................. 6   1.0   8   1.2  
                 
Construction ......................................................................................... 94   15.2   86   13.2  
  General building contractors .................................................................. 27   4.4   13   2.0  
  Heavy construction, except building ........................................................... 14   2.3   20   3.1  
  Highway and street construction .............................................. 4   0.6   3   0.5  
  Heavy construction, except highway .................................................... 10   1.6   10   1.5  
  Special trade contractors ................................................................................... 53   8.6   53   8.1  
  Plumbing, heating, air conditioning ............................................... 5   0.8   2   0.3  
  Painting and paper hanging ................................................ 2   0.3   6   0.9  
  Electrical work ............................................................................................................ 15   2.4   6   0.9  
  Masonry, stonework, tile setting and plastering ................ 5   0.8   5   0.8  
  Carpentry and floor work ....................................................... 2   0.3   5   0.8  
  Roofing, siding, and sheet metal work ............................................... 6   1.0   8   1.2  
  Concrete work……………….........................................................  --    --   4   0.6  
  Miscellaneous special trade contractors ......................................... 17   2.8   15   2.3  
  Excavation work ..................................................................................................... 5   0.8   2   0.3  
  Wrecking and demolition ……………….………………………. 3   0.5   4   0.6  
                 
Manufacturing ....................................................................................................... 49   7.9   54   8.3  
  Food and kindred products .......................................................................... 6   1.0   3   0.5  
  Lumber and wood products ............................................................... 8   1.3   7   1.1  
  Logging ........................................................................................................................... 6   1.0   4   0.6  
  Printing and publishing .................................................................................................. 1   0.2   6   0.9  
  Chemical and allied products ....................................................... 3   0.5   5   0.8  
  Rubber and miscellaneous plastic products ……………………. 4   0.6   3   0.5  
  Stone, clay and glass products.......…………..........................… 3   0.5   2   0.3  
  Fabricated metal products ............................................................ 1   0.2   4   0.6  
  Industrial machinery and equipment ..................................................... 6   1.0   6   0.9  
  Transportation equipment ................................................................ 9   1.5   8   1.2  
                 
Transportation and public utilities ........................................................ 81   13.1   96   14.7  
  Railroad transportation ..........................................................................................  --    --   3   0.5  
  Taxicabs ……………………………………………………………………. 5   0.8   5   0.8  
  Trucking, courier services (except air) and warehousing ..................................................................................... 55   8.9   61   9.4  
  Water transportation .......………........................................................ 3   0.5   9   1.4  
  Air transportation ....................................................................................................... 10   1.6   3   0.5  
  Transportation services .............................................................. 2   0.3   2   0.3  
  Communications ........................................................................................... 1   0.2   3   0.5  
  Electric, gas, and sanitary services ........................................ 4   0.6   10   1.5  
  Sanitary services ..............………….............................................… 3   0.5   5   0.8  
                 
Wholesale trade ........................................................................................................... 20   3.2   29   4.4  
  Wholesale trade - durable goods .................................................... 14   2.3   20   3.1  
  Wholesale trade - nondurable goods ...................................................... 6   1.0   9   1.4  
               
Retail trade ........................................................................................................................... 77   12.5   88   13.5  
  Building materials and garden supplies ...........…………................ 6   1.0   2   0.3  
  Food stores ..................................................................................................................... 15   2.4   26   4.0  
  Grocery stores ............................................................................ 12   1.9   19   2.9  
  Automotive dealers and service stations ..................................... 13   2.1   21   3.2  
  Gasoline service stations.………….............................................. 5   0.8   8   1.2  
  Eating and drinking places ................................................................. 16   2.6   16   2.5  
  Miscellaneous retail ...………...........................................................… 19   3.1   16   2.5  
  Liquor stores .......………….............................................................. 7   1.1   7   1.1  
               
Finance, insurance and real estate ........................................................ 13   2.1   15   2.3  
  Real estate ........................................................................................................................... 7   1.1   10   1.5  
               
Services ...................................................................................................................................... 106   17.2   113   17.3  
  Hotels and other lodging places ........................................................................ 4   0.6   5   0.8  
  Personal services..........…………….................................................… 7   1.1   6   0.9  
  Business services ......................................................................... 35   5.7   31   4.8  
  Detective, guard, and armored car services ....................... 6   1.0   11   1.7  
  Services to buildings ………………………………………………….. 6   1.0   5   0.8  
  Auto repair, services and garages ............................................ 19   3.1   18   2.8  
  Miscellaneous repair services ............................................................. 4   0.6   5   0.8  
  Motion pictures .................................................................................. 2   0.3   8   1.2  
  Amusement and recreation services ............................................. 6   1.0   5   0.8  
  Health services ........................................................................... 6   1.0   6   0.9  
  Educational services ........................................................................ 8   1.3   3   0.5  
  Social services ............................................................................ 6   1.0   2   0.3  
  Membership organizations ......................................................................... 1   0.2   7   1.1  
  Engineering and management services ...................................................... 2   0.3   6   0.9  
  Private households ................................................................................... 6   1.0   5   0.8  
               
  Government*** ..................................................................... 87   14.1   78   12.0  
               
Federal government (including resident armed forces)........................................................................ 44   7.1   41   6.3  
State government ............................................................................................................ 11   1.8   15   2.3  
Local government ........................................................................................................................... 32   5.2   22   3.4  
  Educational services ..................................................................... 2   0.3   3   0.5  
  Police protection .......…………………........................................................ 13   2.1   12   1.8  
  Fire protection .......…………………........................................................ 8   1.3   3   0.5  
                       
* Figures for 1998 are preliminary and will be updated as new cases are determined to be work-related.
** Based on the Standard Industrial Classification Manual, 1987 edition.
      *** Includes fatalities to workers employed by government agencies regardless of industry.
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