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J Occup Med. 1991 Jul;33(7):813-7.

Fatal injuries at work in California.

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Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco.


We examined deaths due to injury on the job reported from three readily accessible data sources in California for a 1-year period. Of 682 deaths identified as of February 1990 as having occurred on the job in 1983, county coroners identified 607 (89.0%), workers' compensation records identified 294 (43.1%), and the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigated 141 (20.7%). Most fatal injuries at work resulted from events that are not covered by current California Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards: transportation vehicle accidents and homicides. Demographic patterns suggest that fatal injuries on the job are nonrandom events, which may be prevented by additions to existing standards or increased enforcement of workplace safety standards and by efforts to target groups at highest risk. Improved surveillance of fatal occupational injuries will require changes in existing reporting mechanisms, similar to those proposed by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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