Animal attacks and on-the-job fatalities

January 25, 2001

Between 1992 and 1997, animal attacks and venomous stings and bites accounted for 227 on-the-job fatalities.

Occupational fatalities involving animal attacks or venomous stings and bites, 1992-97
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The 227 incidents are divided into two main categories: (1) animal attacks, such as being gored by a bull or thrown from a horse carriage by a spooked horse; and (2) venomous stings and bites. In the 1992-97 period, there were 186 job fatalities due to animal attacks and 41 due to venomous stings and bites.

Cattle accounted for over half of the animal attacks leading to work-related fatalities. Attacks involving horses were the next most common.

These data are from the BLS Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries and the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses. Read more in "Are Animals Occupational Hazards?" (PDF 86K), by Dino Drudi, Compensation and Working Conditions, Fall 2000.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Animal attacks and on-the-job fatalities on the Internet at (visited September 27, 2016).


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