Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Golf Course Fatalities

If you have ever wondered where your tax dollars go, you can rest assured that at least a few cents goes toward collecting and analyzing information about every death in the United States. No death is unworthy of the government's attention, including the 106 workers who died at a golf course between 2001 and 2006.

During the six years of data analyzed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the annual number of workers dying at a golf course ranged from 11 to 24. The largest share of fatalities (33) were nonhighway vehicle accidents—9 of them overturned lawnmowers. Other causes of death included falling, trench collapse, getting struck by a falling object (a golf ball perhaps?), and even airplane accidents. The report notes that any deaths occurring at miniature golf courses were not included in the analysis.

Nearly half (51) of those killed in golf-course related incidents worked in landscaping. One-third were Hispanic.

Source: Fatal Occupational Injuries Associated with Golf Courses and Country Clubs, 2001-2006

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