Not only do the figures in table 2 underscore the large percentage of self-employed workers in the agriculture, forestry, and fishing industry, but also, table 3 shows that this industry was the only one to have more occupational fatalities from the self-employed category (3,231, which made up 39.0 percent of all self-employed fatalities) than from the wage and salary category (2,190, which accounted for 7.4 percent of all wage and salary fatalities).
Self-employed workers had higher fatality rates than wage and salary workers had in every industry except for construction.
Self-employed workers are more likely than wage and salary workers to be employed in occupations with high fatality rates, including farmers, except horticultural; construction trades; timber-cutting and logging occupations; and fishers, including captains and officers of vessels.
By contrast, those occupations made up 14,108 (47.4 percent) of the private-sector wage and salary fatalities for workers in the same age group.
Not all of the variation in fatalities and fatality rates between wage and salary workers and the self-employed can be explained by the fact that the two groups tend to be employed in different industries and occupations.
Examining in more detail some selected occupations with much higher self-employed fatality rates than wage and salary fatality rates highlights the differences in risks faced by the two categories of workers.
(15) The self-employed outnumbered wage and salary workers in overall employment in this occupation by a ratio of more than 5:1.
Looking at both the characteristics of the decedents and the fatal incidents themselves, one sees that self-employed farmers who died at work were 4 times (16) more likely to be victims of an overturned vehicle in a nonhighway area than were wage and salary farmers.
Wage and salary sales workers outnumbered self-employed sales workers by a ratio of more than 8:1 from 1995 to 2001.
Self-employed sales workers who were killed at work were more likely than wage and salary sales workers to be victims of workplace violence.
A total of 242 wage and salary workers died from a fatal occupational injury while employed in this occupation from 1995 to 2001.
The events leading to an occupational fatality were similar in both categories, with homicide the cause of death of 161 self-employed workers and 176 wage and salary workers.