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ACCIDENTAL DEATHS REACH HISTORICAL LOWS IN 1991

 ACCIDENTAL DEATHS REACH HISTORICAL LOWS IN 1991
 ITASCA, Ill., Sept. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Safety Council


reported that the accidental death toll in 1991 was the lowest in nearly 70 years. In the 1992 edition of its annual statistics compilation, "Accident Facts," released today, the council estimated 88,000 accidental deaths in 1991.
 The last year that a lower total was recorded was in 1924, when 85,600 lives were lost. This is significant because the population of the United States is now 252 million compared to 114 million in 1924.
 Work-related deaths and death rates reached record lows in 1991. The number of accidental occupational fatalities, which was 9,900, dipped below 10,000 for the first time since the council began making such estimates nearly 60 years ago.
 Motor vehicle deaths, which account for almost half of the overall accident total, decreased 7 percent. The motor vehicle death total also reached an historical low. The 1991 estimate of 43,500 is the lowest since 1962, and the death rate per 100,000,000 vehicle miles of travel is the lowest on record.
 "We attribute the continued decrease in the motor vehicle death rate to a number of factors, including greater safety awareness; improved enforcement; and technological advances," said Alan F. Hoskin, manager, Statistics Department, National Safety Council. "The economic recession also played a role because it means lower vehicle use during high-risk hours," he added.
 Most of the principal types of accidental deaths showed decreases in 1991 compared to 1990. Falls, drowning, suffocation, and fires and burns decreased from 1 to 5 percent.
 Two types of accidental death causes which showed increases in 1991 were firearms, up 8 percent, and solid and liquid poisoning deaths, up 2 percent.
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 /CONTACT: Kristen Jassen of The National Safety Council, 708-775-2305/


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