Workplace deaths rise by 3 in metro area Homicides were most common fatality causes

August 09, 1996|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The number of workplace deaths in metropolitan Baltimore increased by three last year to 38, with more than a third accounted for by homicides, the U.S. Labor Department said yesterday.

All but three of the 14 homicides happened in Baltimore City; the 11 homicides were among 16 total work-related deaths in the city, the report said. All but one of the work-related homicides in ,, the metro area were shootings. Overall there were 325 homicides in Baltimore City last year.

Almost half of the metro-Baltimore work deaths last year occurred in the retail trade and construction sectors, the government said.

Next to homicides, which made up 37 percent of the metro Baltimore deaths, auto accidents and other transportation-related incidents accounted for the most fatalities, at 29 percent.

Other workplace deaths happened through falls or accidents with factory equipment.

Twenty-seven of those who died were wage or salary workers; 10 were self employed. Thirty-two were men; 27 were white; 7 were black.

Nationally, fatal work injuries fell by 6 percent last year to 6,210, mainly because of a decrease in gun deaths and commercial airplane crashes, the Labor Depatment said.

Transportation incidents -- including highway, air, water and rail deaths -- made up 41 percent of all fatal occupational injuries. Assaults and other violent acts accounted for a fifth.

Pub Date: 8/09/96

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