Table 2-42: Waterborne Transportation Safety Data not Related to Vessel Casualties

Table 2-42: Waterborne Transportation Safety Data not Related to Vessel Casualties

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  1970 1975 1980 1985 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
Fatalitiesa 420 330 281 130 101 56 (R) 89 (R) 79 (R) 89 (R) 92 (R) 86 (R) 84 (R) 95 (R) 74 (R) 69 (R) 49 (R) 41 (R) 50 (R) 35 34
Injuries U U U U U U (R) 936 (R) 919 (R) 1,081 (R) 1,170 (R) 951 (R) 779 (R) 520 (R) 429 (R) 509 (R) 412 (R) 475 (R) 472 (R) 425 425
Vesselsb U 321 274 128 98 51 (R) 1,427 (R) 1,378 (R) 1,592 (R) 1,726 (R) 1,283 (R) 968 (R) 526 (R) 445 (R) 514 (R) 440 (R) 594 (R) 562 (R) 471 504

KEY: R = revised; U = data are not available.

a Fatalities include people who were declared missing.

b Figures represent the number of vessels involved in nonvessel casualties. These vessels were not part of the accident, but the accident may have occurred on the vessel (e.g., crewmembers swept overboard by a wave).

NOTES

Figures reflect the number of deaths and injuries to people on commercial vessels not resulting from a casualty to the vessel. These injuries and fatalities result from such incidents as slips, falls, or electrocutions. Deaths and injuries from disease, homocides, suicides, fights, and diving accidents have been excluded. The data reflect deaths and injuries to people on both U.S. and foreign flag vessels within the jurisdiction of the United States (within 12 miles of U.S. coast) and on U.S. flag vessels anywhere in the world.

1992-97 data come from the Marine Safety Management Information System. Between 1998 and 2001 the U.S. Coast Guard phased in a new computer system to track safety data, the Marine Information for Safety and Law Enforcement System. During that period data come from combining entries in the Marine Safety Management Information System with entries in the Marine Information for Safety and Law Enforcement System. Data for 2002 to 2004 come from the Marine Information for Safety and Law Enforcement System. Data for prior years come from other sources and may not be directly comparable.

There is a significant difference in the figures provided in 2005 from previous years due to changes in the way marine safety related personnel casualties are now measured. Also, many of the figures for incident investigations in the years 2002 and later are derived from predecisional material and these numbers are subject to change.

SOURCE

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (formerly U.S. Department of Transportation), U.S. Coast Guard, Data Administration Division (G-MRI-1), personal communications, June 29, 2004, June 8, 2005, and June 22, 2007.