Occupational injury mortality rates in the United States: changes from 1980 to 1989

Am J Public Health. 1996 Jan;86(1):73-7. doi: 10.2105/ajph.86.1.73.


Changes in occupational injury mortality rates over the 1980s were examined through analysis of the National Traumatic Occupational Fatalities surveillance system. The US occupational injury mortality rate decreased 37% over the decade, with decreases seen in nearly every demographic and employment sector. Greater declines were among men, Blacks, and younger workers, as well as among agricultural, trade, and service workers. Electrocutions, machine-related incidents, and homicides showed the greatest decreases. Changes in occupational mortality rates by demography, industry, and cause of death indicate the areas in which the most progress has been made and those that are prime targets for prevention efforts.

MeSH terms

  • Accidents, Occupational / mortality*
  • Accidents, Occupational / statistics & numerical data
  • Accidents, Occupational / trends*
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Distribution
  • Aged
  • Black or African American / statistics & numerical data
  • Cause of Death
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Mortality / trends
  • Occupations / statistics & numerical data
  • Sex Distribution
  • United States / epidemiology
  • White People / statistics & numerical data
  • Wounds and Injuries / mortality*