Women incurred less than one tenth of the job-related fatal injuries and about one-third of the nonfatal injuries and illnesses that required time off to recuperate in 1992-96. During this period women accounted for just under 50 percent of the Nation's workforce.
One explanation for this large discrepancy is that women are employed in relatively less dangerous jobs such as teaching or service occupations. Few women work in the construction trades or in other high-risk jobs where work is generally performed outdoors. But if more women enter high-risk occupations their risk of injury or death may increase.