Work-related fatal injuries in parking lots, 1993-2002

Gregory M. Fayard*

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Problem: Although parking facilities are a common feature of the landscape in the United States, little is known about their safety. Method: A dataset of parking lot fatalities for 1993-2002, created from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injury (CFOI) research file, was analyzed. Results: The most common events in parking lots were contact with objects (15%), pedestrian fatalities (13%), homicides (36%), and suicides (11%). The perpetrators of parking lot fatalities, compared to all workplace homicides, were more likely to be known to the victim. Conclusion: The 206 work-related fatalities per year in parking lots present challenges to the safety community. Although much of the risk results from the usage of motor vehicles, violent acts are even more prominent. Impact on industry: Because homicides are most prevalent in parking lots, both administrative and environmental measures may lower the risk of homicide. Although difficult to assess, various elements of the design of parking facilities may have an influence on the occurrence of injuries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-18
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Safety Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2008

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality

User-Defined Keywords

  • Homicides
  • Injury
  • Motor vehicles
  • Nonhighway
  • Occupational health
  • Parking lots
  • Transportation
  • Work injuries


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