Fatalities in the landscape and horticultural services industry, 1992-2001

Jessie Poulin Buckley, John P. Sestito, Katherine L. Hunting

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Background: Although landscape and horticultural services workers have high injury and illness rates, little is known about fatalities in this industry. Methods: Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries and Current Population Survey data were analyzed to determine fatality rates and causes of landscaping deaths from 1992 to 2001. Results: There were 1,101 fatalities during the 10-year period and the average fatality rate was 13.50 deaths per 100,000 full-time employees. In 2001, the landscaping fatality rate was 3.33 (95% CI 2.84-3.91) times the all industry rate. The leading causes of death were transportation incidents (27%), contact with objects or equipment (27%), falls (24%), exposure to harmful substances and environments (18%), and assaults and violent acts (4%). The fatality rate for African American landscapers was 1.51 (95% CI 1.25-1.83) times the rate for white workers. Fatalities were also common among self-employed, small business, and young landscapers. Conclusions: Landscaping workers are at increased risk of fatal injury. Further research is needed to characterize industry hazards.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)701-713
Number of pages13
JournalAmerican Journal of Industrial Medicine
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Census of fatal occupational injuries
  • Fatal injury
  • Occupation
  • Work

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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