Fatal cases added on the revised 2005 file

Updates and additions to the 2005 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) counts have been completed, and the revised data can be accessed using the following tools: Most Requested Statistics, Create Customized Tables (One Screen), and Create Customized Tables (Multiple Screens). Preliminary results for the 2005 fatality census were released in August 2006, and the original press release with those data can be found here: National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2005. Additional tables can be found on Current and Revised Data.

After the updates, the total number of fatal work injuries in 2005 was revised to 5,734, an increase of 32 fatalities from the preliminary count of 5,702 reported in August 2006. In addition, the updates led to changes in the classification of worker, job, and case circumstances for some fatalities. Among the changes resulting from the updates were the following:

  • Fatal work injuries to men increased by 28 to a revised total of 5,328 workplace fatalities. Fatalities to women in the workplace were revised up to 406, but this total still represents a series low for women workers.

  • Fatalities to workers aged 55 years and older were revised up 12 from 1,499 to 1,511.
  • The number of fatalities to foreign-born workers was revised up 22 to 1,035.
  • The revised number of fatal occupational injuries incurred by Hispanic or Latino workers increased by 6 to 923, though the fatality rate for Hispanic or Latino workers remained unchanged.

  • Fatalities related to transportation activities increased by 13 (from 2,480 to 2,493) in the revised data, most of which were attributable to highway incidents (9 of the 13 cases). Fatalities involving truck drivers increased by 5 (from 831 to 836).

  • The largest increases in new cases by State were in California, which rose from 453 to 465, and in Louisiana, which reported an increase from 106 to 111 cases.

  • Fatal workplace injuries attributable to hurricanes were revised up 3 to a final count of 32 fatal work injuries.
The CFOI Program has compiled a count of all fatal work injuries occurring in the U.S. since 1992 by using diverse data sources to identify, verify, and profile fatal work injuries. For more information, see chapter 9 of the BLS Handbook of Methods, available online at www.bls.gov//opub/hom/pdf/homch9.pdf.


Last Modified Date: October 06, 2015