Job-related deaths are less likely for women
September 30, 1998
Women suffered 2,506 (or 8 percent) of the 31,567 job-related fatalities reported from 1992 to 1996. During the same time period, women accounted for slightly less than 50 percent of the workforce.
Women suffered only slightly over one third of the 2 million cases of work-related injuries and illnesses that resulted in days away from work. Women accounted for more cases than men of carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, respiratory system diseases, infectious and parasitic diseases, and disorders resulting from anxiety and stress.
Women may experience fewer job-related deaths and injuries because they typically are employed in less dangerous jobs such as teaching or other service occupations. Few women work in the construction trades or in other high-risk jobs where work is performed outdoors.
Additional information on job-related deaths is available from the BLS Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries program; additional information on work-related injuries and illnesses is available from the BLS Annual Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses. More detail on deaths, injuries, and illnesses by gender is available from "Issues in Labor Statistics: Women Experience Fewer Job-related Injuries and Deaths than Men." For a thorough analysis of women's injuries and illnesses, see "Work Injuries and Illnesses Occurring to Women" (PDF 42K), Compensation and Working Conditions, Summer 1998.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Job-related deaths are less likely for women on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/1998/sep/wk5/art03.htm (visited August 30, 2016).
Recent editions of Spotlight on Statistics
A look at healthcare spending, employment, pay, benefits, and prices
As one of the largest U.S. industries, healthcare is steadily growing to meet the needs of an increasing population with an increasing life expectancy. This Spotlight looks at how much people spend on healthcare, current and projected employment in the industry, employer-provided healthcare benefits, healthcare prices, and pay for workers in healthcare occupations.
Employment and Wages in Healthcare Occupations
Healthcare occupations are a significant percentage of U.S. employment. Some of the largest and highest paying occupations are in healthcare. This Spotlight examines employment and wages for healthcare occupations.
Fifty years of looking at changes in peoples lives
Longitudinal surveys help us understand long-term changes, such as how events that happened when a person was in high school affect labor market success as an adult.