Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries News Release

For release 10:00 a.m. (EDT) Thursday, August 19, 2010							USDL-10-1142
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NATIONAL CENSUS OF FATAL OCCUPATIONAL INJURIES IN 2009 
(PRELIMINARY RESULTS)

A preliminary total of 4,340 fatal work injuries were recorded in the United States in 2009, down from a 
final count of 5,214 fatal work injuries in 2008.  The 2009 total represents the smallest annual preliminary 
total since the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) program was first conducted in 1992.  
Based on this preliminary count, the rate of fatal work injury for U.S. workers in 2009 was 3.3 per 
100,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers, down from a final rate of 3.7 in 2008.  Counts and rates are 
likely to increase with the release of final 2009 CFOI results in April 2011.  Over the last 2 years, 
increases in the published counts based on information received after the publication of preliminary results 
have averaged 156 fatalities per year or about 3 percent of the revised totals.	
  
Economic factors played a major role in the fatal work injury decrease in 2009.  Total hours worked fell by 
6 percent in 2009 following a 1 percent decline in 2008, and some industries that have historically accounted 
for a significant share of fatal work injuries, such as construction, experienced even larger declines in 
employment or hours worked.  In addition, some source documents used by CFOI State partners to identify and 
verify fatal work injuries were delayed, due at least in part to fiscal constraints at some of the 
governmental agencies who regularly provide source documentation for the program. 

Key preliminary findings of the 2009 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries:

-	Workplace homicides declined 1 percent in 2009, in contrast to an overall decline of 17 percent for 
	all fatal work injuries.  The homicide total for 2009 includes the 13 victims of the November shooting
	at Fort Hood.  Workplace suicides were down 10 percent in 2009 from the series high of 263 in 2008.
-	Though wage and salary workers and self-employed workers experienced similar declines in total hours 
	worked in 2009, fatal work injuries among wage and salary workers in 2009 declined by 20 percent 
	while fatal injuries among self-employed workers were down 3 percent.
-	The wholesale trade industry was one of the few major private industry sectors reporting higher numbers 
	of fatal work injuries in 2009.
-	Fatal work injuries in the private construction sector declined by 16 percent in 2009 following the 
	decline of 19 percent in 2008.
-	Fatalities among non-Hispanic black or African-American workers were down 24 percent.  This worker group 
	also experienced a slightly larger decline in total hours worked than non-Hispanic white or 
	Hispanic workers.	 
-	The number of fatal workplace injuries in building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations rose 
	6 percent, one of the few major occupation groups to record an increase in fatal work injuries in 2009.
-	Transportation incidents, which accounted for nearly two-fifths of all the fatal work injuries in 2009, 
	fell 21 percent from the 2,130 fatal work injuries reported in 2008.

Profile of 2009 fatal work injuries by type of incident

Most types of transportation fatalities decreased in 2009 relative to 2008, including highway incidents 
(down 27 percent); workers struck by vehicle or mobile equipment (down 19 percent); aircraft incidents 
(down 18 percent); and nonhighway incidents such as tractor overturns (down 8 percent).  Fatal occupational 
injuries due to water vehicle incidents were higher (82 fatalities in 2009, up from 76 in 2008).  These and 
other transportation counts presented in this release will likely rise when updated 2009 data are released 
in April 2011.  Key source documentation detailing specific incidents related to transportation has not yet 
been received and could identify 100 or more cases if recent trends hold true.
 
Workplace homicides fell by 1 percent in 2009, in contrast to the 17 percent decrease in fatal work injuries 
overall.  The preliminary workplace homicide count for 2009 (521 cases) represents a decline of about half 
from the high of 1,080 homicides reported in 1994.  Workplace suicides declined 10 percent from a series high 
of 263 cases in 2008 to 237 cases in 2009.  However, this 2009 preliminary count of workplace suicides is the 
second highest annual total reported by the fatality census.

Fatal falls declined 12 percent in 2009 (from 700 in 2008 to 617 in 2009).  Overall, fatal falls are down 
27 percent from the series high of 847 fatal falls reported in 2007.  About half of all fatal falls occur in 
construction, so the decline in overall construction activity and employment since 2007 may account for the 
lower number of fatal falls over the past 2 years.  Fatalities involving contact with objects or equipment 
were down 22 percent in 2009 after increasing in 2008, and fatal work injuries involving exposure to harmful 
substances or environments (such as electrocutions) were down 11 percent.

Profile of fatal work injuries by industry sector

Overall, 90 percent of the fatal work injuries involved workers in private industry.  Service-providing 
industries in the private sector recorded 49 percent of all fatal work injuries in 2009, while 41 percent 
were in goods-producing industries.  Ten percent of the fatal work injury cases in 2009 involved government 
workers.  The number of fatal work injuries in both the private and public sectors declined by 17 percent 
in 2009.
 
While workers in construction incurred the most fatal injuries of any industry in the private sector in 2009, 
the number of fatalities in construction declined 16 percent in 2009 after a decline of 19 percent in 2008.  
With this decrease, private construction fatalities are down by more than a third since reaching a series 
high in 2006.  Economic conditions may explain much of this decline with total hours worked having declined 
17 percent in construction in 2009, after a decline of 10 percent the year before.  Fatal injuries involving 
workers in the construction of buildings were down 27 percent from 2008, with most of the decrease occurring 
in nonresidential building construction (down 44 percent to 55 cases).  Heavy and civil engineering 
construction was down 12 percent, and the subsector with the largest number of fatal work injuries, 
specialty trade contractors, had 16 percent fewer fatalities in 2009 than in 2008.
 
Fatal injuries were down by 18 percent among private sector workers in the agriculture, forestry, fishing, 
and hunting industry sector in 2009.  Fatal injuries to workers in forestry and logging led the decrease, 
declining 50 percent (from 102 in 2008 to 51 in 2009).  Unlike most industries in the sector, fatal 
injuries among fishing, hunting, and trapping workers were higher.  Fatal work injuries also declined in 
mining (down 43 percent) and in manufacturing (down 26 percent).  

Among service-providing industries, fatal work injuries in the transportation and warehousing sector accounted 
for 579 fatalities, a 27 percent decrease.  Truck transportation, the largest subsector within 
transportation and warehousing, had a 32 percent decrease in fatalities in 2009.  Among other transportation 
subsectors, workers in air, rail, and water transportation all incurred fewer fatal work injuries in 2009. 

Wholesale trade was one of the few major private industry sectors to record a higher number of fatal injuries 
in 2009 than in 2008.  Fatal injuries were up 3 percent in wholesale trade in 2009, but were down slightly 
in retail trade.  Fatal work injuries in the utilities and information industries were down sharply, but 
declines in most of the other service industries were more moderate, including financial activities 
(down 5 percent),  professional and business services (down 2 percent), educational and health services 
(down 4 percent), and leisure and hospitality (down 9 percent).

Fatal injuries among government workers were down 17 percent.  While fatalities incurred by state and local 
government workers decreased in 2009, fatalities among federal government workers were higher (up 7 percent 
to 116 fatal work injuries in 2009), largely due to an increase in the national security subsector 
(resident military). 

Profile of fatal work injuries by occupation

Fatal work injuries involving workers in transportation and material moving occupations accounted for more 
than one-fifth of all occupational fatalities in 2009, though fatalities in this occupational group declined 
by 28 percent.  Driver/sales workers and truck drivers, the subgroup with the highest number of fatal work 
injuries within the transportation and material moving group, led the decline with 32 percent fewer fatal work 
injuries in 2009 than in 2008.
 
Fatal work injuries in construction and extraction occupations decreased by 16 percent in 2009 after declining 
17 percent the previous year.  Construction trades worker fatalities were down 16 percent (from 726 in 2008 to 
607 in 2009), though fatal work injuries were higher in 2009 for electricians, plumbers, and carpenters, 
among others.  Fatal work injuries involving construction laborers, the worker subgroup accounting for the 
highest number of fatalities in this occupational group, declined by 7 percent in 2009 to 224 fatal
work injuries.

Fatal work injuries among protective service occupations fell by 21 percent in 2009 and are down 30 percent 
from the high for the series reported in 2007.  Fewer fatalities among law enforcement workers, fire fighting 
and prevention workers, and security guards led the decline in this occupational group in 2009.

The building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupational group was among the few occupation groups 
with a higher number of fatal injuries in 2009 (up 6 percent), led by an increase in fatal work injuries 
among grounds maintenance personnel (up 12 percent to 147 fatalities).

Fatal work injuries involving resident military personnel were also higher, up 21 percent in 2009 to 
69 fatalities.

Profile of fatal work injuries by demographic characteristics

The number of fatal work injuries fell 16 percent among non-Hispanic white workers in 2009 and declined 
17 percent among Hispanic or Latino workers.  The largest decline was among non-Hispanic black or 
African-American workers who recorded a 24 percent decline in fatalities in 2009.  Since 2007, fatal work 
injuries among black workers have declined by a third.  Total hours worked were down 8 percent in 2009 for 
black workers, as opposed to 7 percent for Hispanic or Latino workers and 6 percent for non-Hispanic 
white workers. 	 

The decline in fatal work injuries among Hispanic or Latino workers in 2009 primarily involved foreign-born 
Hispanic or Latino workers.  Fatalities among foreign-born Hispanic or Latino workers were lower by 22 percent, 
but among native-born Hispanics, the decline was 9 percent.  While the 680 fatal work injuries incurred by 
workers who were born outside of the United States accounted for 16 percent of all fatal work injuries in the 
U.S. in 2009, that total also represented a decline of 19 percent from 2008.  Of the foreign-born workers 
who were fatally-injured in the U.S. in 2009, the largest share (40 percent) was Mexican-born.

Total hours worked for both self-employed and wage and salary workers declined by 6 percent in 2009.  However, 
self-employed workers had a 3 percent decline in fatalities, while fatalities among wage and salary workers 
fell by 20 percent.  The fatality rate for self-employed workers was higher in 2009 (12.0 fatal work injuries 
per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers versus 11.6 in 2008) while the fatality rate for wage and salary 
workers was lower. 

Workplace fatalities among both male and female workers decreased in 2009.  The number of fatalities declined 
for all age categories in 2009 except for workers under the age of 16, whose total rose slightly.

Profile of fatal work injuries by state

Thirty-seven states reported lower numbers of fatal work injuries in 2009 than in 2008, while 13 states and the 
District of Columbia reported higher numbers.
  
For more detailed state results, contact the individual state agency responsible for the collection of CFOI data in 
that state.  Although data for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands are not included in the national totals for this 
release, results for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands are available.  Participating agencies and their telephone 
numbers are listed in Table 6.

Background of the program

The Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), part of the BLS Occupational Safety and Health Statistics (OSHS) 
program, compiles a count of all fatal work injuries occurring in the U.S. during the calendar year.  The CFOI 
program uses diverse state, federal, and independent data sources to identify, verify, and describe fatal work 
injuries.  This assures counts are as complete and accurate as possible.  For the 2009 data, over 17,000 unique 
source documents were reviewed as part of the data collection process.

Another OSHS program, the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII), presents frequency counts and 
incidence rates by industry and also by detailed case circumstances and worker characteristics of nonfatal 
workplace injuries and illnesses that result in days away from work.  Incidence rates for 2009 by industry 
will be published in October 2010, and information on 2009 case circumstances and worker characteristics 
will be available in November 2010.  For additional data, access the BLS Internet site: http://www.bls.gov/iif/.

Beginning with 2009 data, the CFOI program began classifying industry using the 2007 version of the North American
Industry Classification System (NAICS 2007).  Industry data from 2003 to 2008 were classified using the 
NAICS 2002.  NAICS 2007 includes revisions across several sectors.  The most significant revisions are in 
the information sector, particularly within telecommunications.  For more information, 
go to http://www.bls.gov/bls/naics.htm.

For technical information about and definitions for the CFOI program, please go to the BLS Handbook of Methods on 
the BLS web site here: http://www.bls.gov/opub/hom/homch9_a1.htm.   


     Table 1.  Fatal occupational injuries by event or exposure,
     2008-2009
     _________________________________________________________________
                                        |                             
                                        |          Fatalities         
                                         _____________________________
                                        |         |                   
            Event or exposure(1)        | 2008(2) |       2009p       
                                         _____________________________
                                        |                   |         
                                        |       Number      | Percent 
     _________________________________________________________________
                                        |         |         |         
       Total............................|  5,214  |  4,340  |    100  
                                        |         |         |         
     Transportation incidents...........|  2,130  |  1,682  |     39  
       Highway..........................|  1,215  |    882  |     20  
         Collision between vehicles,    |         |         |         
          mobile equipment..............|    597  |    421  |     10  
           Moving in same direction.....|    156  |     97  |      2  
           Moving in opposite           |         |         |         
            directions, oncoming........|    202  |    169  |      4  
           Moving in intersection.......|    130  |     77  |      2  
         Vehicle struck object on side  |         |         |         
          of road.......................|    323  |    222  |      5  
         Noncollision...................|    275  |    218  |      5  
           Jack-knifed or overturned-no |         |         |         
            collision...................|    239  |    183  |      4  
       Nonhighway (farm, industrial     |         |         |         
        premises).......................|    284  |    260  |      6  
           Overturned...................|    151  |    134  |      3  
       Worker struck by a vehicle.......|    329  |    265  |      6  
       Railway accident.................|     34  |     33  |      1  
       Water vehicle accident...........|     76  |     82  |      2  
       Aircraft accident................|    191  |    156  |      4  
                                        |         |         |         
     Assaults and violent acts..........|    816  |    788  |     18  
       Homicides........................|    526  |    521  |     12  
         Shooting.......................|    421  |    420  |     10  
         Stabbing.......................|     33  |     48  |      1  
       Self-inflicted injuries..........|    263  |    237  |      5  
                                        |         |         |         
     Contact with objects and equipment |    937  |    734  |     17  
       Struck by object or equipment....|    520  |    414  |     10  
         Struck by falling object or    |         |         |         
          equipment.....................|    356  |    272  |      6  
         Struck by flying object or     |         |         |         
          equipment.....................|     51  |     40  |      1  
       Caught in or compressed by       |         |         |         
        equipment or objects............|    302  |    232  |      5
         Caught in running equipment or |         |         |         
          machinery.....................|    109  |    112  |      3  
       Caught in or crushed in          |         |         |         
        collapsing materials............|    100  |     80  |      2  
                                        |         |         |         
     Falls..............................|    700  |    617  |     14  
       Fall to lower level..............|    593  |    518  |     12  
         Fall from ladder...............|    119  |    122  |      3  
         Fall from roof.................|    123  |    109  |      3  
         Fall from scaffold, staging....|     68  |     53  |      1  
       Fall on same level...............|     92  |     83  |      2  
                                        |         |         |         
     Exposure to harmful substances or  |         |         |         
      environments......................|    439  |    390  |      9  
       Contact with electric current....|    192  |    168  |      4  
         Contact with overhead power    |         |         |         
          lines.........................|    102  |     63  |      1  
       Contact with temperature extremes|     37  |     39  |      1  
       Exposure to caustic, noxious, or |         |         |         
        allergenic substances...........|    130  |    119  |      3  
         Inhalation of substance........|     56  |     42  |      1  
       Oxygen deficiency................|     79  |     62  |      1  
         Drowning, submersion...........|     60  |     51  |      1  
                                        |         |         |         
     Fires and explosions...............|    174  |    113  |      3  
     _______________________________________________________________

       1 Based on the 2007 BLS Occupational Injury and Illness
     Classification Manual.  Includes other events and exposures, such
     as bodily reaction, in addition to those shown separately.
       2 Totals for 2008 are revised and final.  The BLS news release
     issued August 20, 2009, reported a total of 5,071 fatal work
     injuries for calendar year 2008.  Since then, an additional 143
     job-related fatalities were identified, bringing the total
     job-related fatality count for 2008 to 5,214.
       p Data for 2009 are preliminary.  Revised and final 2009 data
     are scheduled to be released in April 2011.
       NOTE: Totals for major categories may include subcategories not
     shown separately.  Percentages may not add to totals because of
     rounding.  CFOI fatality counts exclude illness-related deaths
     unless precipitated by an injury event.
       SOURCE:  U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics,
     in cooperation with State, New York City, District of Columbia,
     and Federal agencies, Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries


     Table 2.  Fatal occupational injuries by industry and selected event or
     exposure, 2009p
     __________________________________________________________________________________________
                                   |                   |                           
                                   |    Fatalities     |     Selected event or exposure(2)
                                   |                   |   (percent of total for industry) 
              Industry(1)          |___________________|_______________________________________
                                   |         |         |         |         |         |
                                   | Number  | Percent | Highway |Homicides|  Falls  |Struck by
                                   |         |         |   (3)   |         |         | object  
     ______________________________|_________|_________|_________|_________|_________|_________
                                   |         |         |         |         |         |      
         Total.....................| 4,340   |   100   |    20   |    12   |    14   |    10
                                   |         |         |         |         |         |      
      Private industry.............| 3,890   |    90   |    20   |    11   |    15   |    10
                                   |         |         |         |         |         |      
       Goods producing.............| 1,772   |    41   |    12   |     2   |    20   |    14
                                   |         |         |         |         |         |      
        Natural resources and      |         |         |         |         |         |      
         mining....................|   652   |    15   |    13   |     1   |     6   |    18
         Agriculture, forestry,    |         |         |         |         |         |      
          fishing and hunting......|   551   |    13   |    11   |     1   |     6   |    18
           Crop production.........|   278   |     6   |    13   |     1   |     6   |    17
           Animal production.......|   141   |     3   |    12   |   -     |     9   |    14
           Forestry and logging....|    51   |     1   |    18   |   -     |   -     |    51
         Mining(4).................|   101   |     2   |    25   |   -     |     5   |    19
           Mining, except oil and  |         |         |         |         |         |      
            gas....................|    28   |     1   |    14   |   -     |   -     |    21
           Support activities for  |         |         |         |         |         |      
            mining.................|    55   |     1   |    29   |   -     |     5   |    20
        Construction...............|   816   |    19   |    10   |     2   |    34   |    10
         Construction..............|   816   |    19   |    10   |     2   |    34   |    10
           Construction of         |         |         |         |         |         |      
            buildings..............|   150   |     3   |     6   |   -     |    49   |     9
           Heavy and civil         |         |         |         |         |         |      
            engineering            |         |         |         |         |         |      
            construction...........|   167   |     4   |    14   |     2   |     7   |    13
           Specialty trade         |         |         |         |         |         |      
            contractors............|   477   |    11   |    10   |     2   |    39   |     9
        Manufacturing..............|   304   |     7   |    12   |     2   |    12   |    15
         Manufacturing.............|   304   |     7   |    12   |     2   |    12   |    15
           Food manufacturing......|    47   |     1   |    21   |     9   |    11   |     9
           Fabricated metal product|         |         |         |         |         |      
            manufacturing..........|    37   |     1   |   -     |   -     |     8   |    30
                                   |         |         |         |         |         |      
       Service providing...........| 2,118   |    49   |    26   |    19   |    11   |     7
                                   |         |         |         |         |         |      
        Trade, transportation, and |         |         |         |         |         |      
         utilities.................| 1,073   |    25   |    37   |    16   |     8   |     6
         Wholesale trade...........|   186   |     4   |    35   |     5   |    13   |    10
           Merchant wholesalers,   |         |         |         |         |         |      
            durable goods..........|    94   |     2   |    29   |     5   |    17   |    18
           Merchant wholesalers,   |         |         |         |         |         |      
            nondurable goods.......|    85   |     2   |    40   |     5   |     9   |   -  
         Retail trade..............|   291   |     7   |    14   |    45   |     9   |     7
           Motor vehicle and parts |         |         |         |         |         |      
            dealers................|    51   |     1   |    27   |    20   |     6   |    12
           Food and beverage stores|    77   |     2   |     8   |    75   |     6   |   -  
         Transportation and        |         |         |         |         |         |      
          warehousing..............|   579   |    13   |    49   |     6   |     6   |     5
           Truck transportation....|   340   |     8   |    67   |     2   |     5   |     5
           Transit and ground      |         |         |         |         |         |      
            passenger              |         |         |         |         |         |      
            transportation.........|    57   |     1   |    37   |    44   |   -     |     5
         Utilities.................|    17   |  (5)    |   -     |   -     |    24   |   -  
        Information................|    32   |     1   |    34   |    12   |    25   |   -  
        Financial activities.......|   101   |     2   |    12   |    32   |    10   |     4
         Finance and insurance.....|    30   |     1   |    20   |    37   |   -     |   -  
         Real estate and rental and|         |         |         |         |         |      
          leasing..................|    71   |     2   |     8   |    30   |    11   |     4
        Professional and business  |         |         |         |         |         |      
         services..................|   394   |     9   |    18   |     8   |    19   |    12
         Professional and technical|         |         |         |         |         |      
          services.................|    80   |     2   |    21   |     9   |     8   |     4
         Administrative and waste  |         |         |         |         |         |      
          services.................|   313   |     7   |    18   |     7   |    22   |    14
        Educational and health     |         |         |         |         |         |      
         services..................|   136   |     3   |    24   |    22   |    11   |   -  
         Educational services......|    25   |     1   |    16   |   -     |    12   |   -  
         Health care and social    |         |         |         |         |         |      
          assistance...............|   111   |     3   |    25   |    26   |    11   |   -  
        Leisure and hospitality....|   216   |     5   |     8   |    44   |    11   |     6
         Arts, entertainment, and  |         |         |         |         |         |      
          recreation...............|    76   |     2   |     5   |    13   |    14   |    13
         Accommodation and food    |         |         |         |         |         |      
          services.................|   140   |     3   |    10   |    61   |     9   |     3
        Other services, except     |         |         |         |         |         |      
         public administration.....|   166   |     4   |    14   |    25   |     7   |    16
      Government(6)................|   450   |    10   |    25   |    18   |     8   |     3
                                   |         |         |         |         |         |      
       Federal government..........|   116   |     3   |    16   |    16   |     7   |     3
       State government............|    75   |     2   |    28   |     9   |     9   |     7
       Local government............|   256   |     6   |    29   |    21   |     9   |     3
     __________________________________________________________________________________________

       1 Based on the North American Industry Classification System, 2007.
       2 Based on the 2007 BLS Occupational Injury and Illness Classification
     Manual.  The figure shown is the percent of the total fatalities for
     that industry group.
       3 "Highway" includes deaths to vehicle occupants resulting from
     traffic incidents that occur on the public roadway, shoulder, or
     surrounding area.  It excludes incidents occurring entirely off the
     roadway, such as in parking lots and on farms; incidents involving
     trains; and deaths to pedestrians or other nonpassengers.
       4 Includes fatalities at all establishments categorized as Mining
     (Sector 21) in the North American Industry Classification System, 2007,
     including establishments not governed by the Mine Safety and Health
     Administration (MSHA) rules and reporting, such as those in Oil and Gas
     Extraction.
       5 Less than or equal to 0.5 percent.
       6 Includes fatalities to workers employed by governmental
     organizations regardless of industry.
       p Data for 2009 are preliminary.  Revised and final 2009 data are
     scheduled to be released in April 2011.
       NOTE: Totals for major categories may include subcategories not shown
     separately.  Percentages may not add to totals because of rounding. 
     Dashes indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication
     criteria.  CFOI fatality counts exclude illness-related deaths unless
     precipitated by an injury event.
     There were zero fatalities for which there was insufficient information
     to determine a specific industry classification.
       SOURCE:  U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, in
     cooperation with State, New York City, District of Columbia, and Federal
     agencies, Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries


     Table 3.  Fatal occupational injuries by occupation and selected event or exposure, 2009p
     _____________________________________________________________________________________________________
                                        |                     |                                           
                                        |      Fatalities     |       Selected event or exposure(2)       
                                        |                     |     (percent of total for occupation)     
                Occupation(1)           |_____________________|___________________________________________
                                        |          |          |          |          |          |          
                                        |  Number  |  Percent |Highway(3)| Homicides|   Falls  | Struck by
                                        |          |          |          |          |          |  object  
     ___________________________________|__________|__________|__________|__________|__________|__________
                                        |          |          |          |          |          |          
       Total............................|   4,340  |     100  |      20  |      12  |      14  |      10  
                                        |          |          |          |          |          |          
     Management occupations.............|     514  |      12  |      14  |      11  |       9  |      13  
       Top executives...................|      37  |       1  |      19  |      22  |       8  |     -    
       Operations specialties managers..|      27  |       1  |      19  |      11  |      11  |      11  
       Other management occupations.....|     433  |      10  |      12  |      10  |       9  |      15  
     Business and financial operations  |          |          |          |          |          |          
      occupations.......................|      24  |       1  |      17  |     -    |     -    |     -    
     Computer and mathematical          |          |          |          |          |          |          
      occupations.......................|       6  |    (4)   |     -    |     -    |     -    |     -    
     Architecture and engineering       |          |          |          |          |          |          
      occupations.......................|      41  |       1  |      15  |       7  |      20  |     -    
       Engineers........................|      18  |    (4)   |     -    |     -    |      33  |     -    
     Life, physical, and social science |          |          |          |          |          |          
      occupations.......................|      16  |    (4)   |      19  |     -    |     -    |     -    
     Community and social services      |          |          |          |          |          |          
      occupations.......................|      29  |       1  |      34  |      31  |      17  |     -    
     Legal occupations..................|      12  |    (4)   |      42  |     -    |     -    |     -    
     Education, training, and library   |          |          |          |          |          |          
      occupations.......................|      21  |    (4)   |     -    |      19  |      43  |     -    
     Arts, design, entertainment,       |          |          |          |          |          |          
      sports, and media occupations.....|      41  |       1  |      12  |      15  |      15  |      12  
       Entertainers and performers,     |          |          |          |          |          |          
        sports and related workers......|      31  |       1  |      13  |      10  |      13  |      13  
     Healthcare practitioners and       |          |          |          |          |          |          
      technical occupations.............|      54  |       1  |      24  |      19  |       6  |     -    
       Health diagnosing and treating   |          |          |          |          |          |          
        practitioners...................|      30  |       1  |      27  |      17  |     -    |     -    
       Health technologists and         |          |          |          |          |          |          
        technicians.....................|      23  |       1  |      22  |      22  |     -    |     -    
     Healthcare support occupations.....|      24  |       1  |      29  |      33  |      12  |     -    
     Protective service occupations.....|     243  |       6  |      26  |      37  |       6  |       2  
       Fire fighting and prevention     |          |          |          |          |          |          
        workers.........................|      29  |       1  |      24  |     -    |      21  |     -    
       Law enforcement workers..........|     108  |       2  |      36  |      45  |     -    |     -    
       Other protective service workers |      81  |       2  |      10  |      46  |       7  |       4  
     Food preparation and serving       |          |          |          |          |          |          
      related occupations...............|      55  |       1  |       7  |      56  |      11  |       7  
       Supervisors, food preparation and|          |          |          |          |          |          
        serving workers.................|      13  |    (4)   |     -    |      62  |     -    |     -    
     Building and grounds cleaning and  |          |          |          |          |          |          
      maintenance occupations...........|     248  |       6  |       7  |       5  |      27  |      17  
       Building cleaning and pest       |          |          |          |          |          |          
        control workers.................|      55  |       1  |     -    |      16  |      36  |       7  
       Grounds maintenance workers......|     147  |       3  |       9  |     -    |      27  |      17  
     Personal care and service          |          |          |          |          |          |          
      occupations.......................|      42  |       1  |      12  |      38  |       7  |     -    
     Sales and related occupations......|     269  |       6  |      16  |      50  |       7  |       4  
       Supervisors, sales workers.......|     150  |       3  |      10  |      53  |       6  |       5  
       Retail sales workers.............|      72  |       2  |       6  |      65  |       8  |     -    
       Sales representatives, services..|      11  |    (4)   |      45  |     -    |     -    |     -    
       Sales representatives, wholesale |          |          |          |          |          |          
        and manufacturing...............|      25  |       1  |      68  |     -    |     -    |     -    
     Office and administrative support  |          |          |          |          |          |          
      occupations.......................|      86  |       2  |      33  |      23  |      15  |     -    
       Material recording, scheduling,  |          |          |          |          |          |          
        dispatching, and distributing   |          |          |          |          |          |          
        workers.........................|      38  |       1  |      50  |      11  |      13  |     -    
     Farming, fishing, and forestry     |          |          |          |          |          |          
      occupations.......................|     229  |       5  |      10  |       2  |       4  |      18  
       Agricultural workers.............|     120  |       3  |      15  |     -    |       7  |       8  
       Fishing and hunting workers......|      57  |       1  |     -    |     -    |     -    |     -    
       Forest, conservation, and logging|          |          |          |          |          |          
        workers.........................|      37  |       1  |      11  |     -    |     -    |      65  
     Construction and extraction        |          |          |          |          |          |          
      occupations.......................|     818  |      19  |      10  |       2  |      32  |      12  
       Supervisors, construction and    |          |          |          |          |          |          
        extraction workers..............|     111  |       3  |      14  |       3  |      21  |      10  
       Construction trades workers......|     607  |      14  |       8  |       1  |      38  |      10  
       Extraction workers...............|      58  |       1  |      19  |     -    |       7  |      29  
     Installation, maintenance, and     |          |          |          |          |          |          
      repair occupations................|     317  |       7  |      11  |       6  |      16  |      16  
       Vehicle and mobile equipment     |          |          |          |          |          |          
        mechanics, installers, and      |          |          |          |          |          |          
        repairers.......................|     120  |       3  |       8  |       4  |       6  |      28  
       Other installation, maintenance, |          |          |          |          |          |          
        and repair occupations..........|     164  |       4  |      12  |       6  |      22  |       9  
     Production occupations.............|     191  |       4  |       5  |       4  |      10  |      17  
       Supervisors, production workers..|      22  |       1  |     -    |     -    |      14  |     -    
       Metal workers and plastic workers|      72  |       2  |       6  |     -    |      11  |      24  
     Transportation and material moving |          |          |          |          |          |          
      occupations.......................|     988  |      23  |      45  |       6  |       7  |       6  
       Air transportation workers.......|      66  |       2  |     -    |     -    |     -    |     -    
       Motor vehicle operators..........|     660  |      15  |      64  |       7  |       5  |       4  
       Water transportation workers.....|      27  |       1  |     -    |     -    |     -    |     -    
       Material moving workers..........|     187  |       4  |      10  |       3  |      14  |      15  
     Military occupations(5)............|      69  |       2  |       4  |      22  |     -    |     -    
     _____________________________________________________________________________________________________

       1 Based on the 2000 Standard Occupational Classification system.
       2 Based on the 2007 BLS Injury and Illness Classification Manual.  The figure shown is the percent
     of the total fatalities for that occupation group.
       3 "Highway" includes deaths to vehicle occupants resulting from traffic incidents that occur on the
     public roadway, shoulder, or surrounding area.  It excludes incidents occurring entirely off the
     roadway, such as in parking lots and on farms; incidents involving trains; and deaths to pedestrians
     or other non passengers.
       4 Less than or equal to 0.5 percent.
       5 Includes fatalities to persons identified as resident armed forces regardless of individual
     occupation listed.
       p Data for 2009 are preliminary.  Revised and final 2009 data are scheduled to be released in April
     2011.
       NOTE: Totals for major categories may include subcategories not shown separately.  Percentages may
     not add to totals because of rounding.  Dashes indicate no data reported or data that do not meet
     publication criteria.  CFOI fatality counts exclude illness-related deaths unless precipitated by an
     injury event.
     There were 3 fatalities for which there was insufficient information to determine a specific
     occupation classification. 
       SOURCE:  U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, in cooperation with State, New York
     City, District of Columbia, and Federal agencies, Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries


     Table 4.  Fatal occupational injuries by selected worker characteristics and selected
     event or exposure, 2009p
     __________________________________________________________________________________________
                                   |                   |                                       
                                   |                   |     Selected event or exposure(1)     
                                   |     Fatalities    |  (percent of total for characteristic 
                                   |                   |               category)               
             Characteristic        |___________________|_______________________________________
                                   |         |         |         |         |         |         
                                   |  Number | Percent | Highway |Homicides|  Falls  |Struck by
                                   |         |         |   (2)   |         |         |  object 
     ______________________________|_________|_________|_________|_________|_________|_________
                                   |         |         |         |         |         |         
     Total.........................|  4,340  |    100  |     20  |     12  |     14  |     10  
                                   |         |         |         |         |         |         
            Employee status        |         |         |         |         |         |         
                                   |         |         |         |         |         |         
     Wage and salary(3)............|  3,335  |     77  |     23  |     11  |     14  |      9  
     Self-employed(4)..............|  1,005  |     23  |     11  |     15  |     14  |     13  
                                   |         |         |         |         |         |         
                  Sex              |         |         |         |         |         |         
                                   |         |         |         |         |         |         
     Men...........................|  4,021  |     93  |     20  |     11  |     14  |     10  
     Women.........................|    319  |      7  |     25  |     26  |     13  |      3  
                                   |         |         |         |         |         |         
                 Age(5)            |         |         |         |         |         |         
                                   |         |         |         |         |         |         
     Under 16 years................|     13  |   (6)   |    -    |    -    |    -    |    -    
     16-17 years...................|     14  |   (6)   |     36  |    -    |    -    |    -    
     18-19 years...................|     55  |      1  |     20  |     16  |      7  |      9  
     20-24 years...................|    261  |      6  |     18  |     13  |     13  |      7  
     25-34 years...................|    681  |     16  |     19  |     15  |     11  |      9  
     35-44 years...................|    872  |     20  |     21  |     15  |     11  |      9  
     45-54 years...................|  1,113  |     26  |     21  |     11  |     14  |     10  
     55-64 years...................|    806  |     19  |     21  |     11  |     18  |      9  
     65 years and older............|    521  |     12  |     19  |      5  |     20  |     11  
                                   |         |         |         |         |         |         
        Race or ethnic origin(7)   |         |         |         |         |         |         
                                   |         |         |         |         |         |         
     White.........................|  3,059  |     70  |     22  |      8  |     14  |     10  
     Black or African-American.....|    407  |      9  |     25  |     28  |      7  |      7  
     Hispanic or Latino............|    668  |     15  |     14  |     13  |     20  |     11  
     American Indian or Alaska     |         |         |         |         |         |         
      Native.......................|     32  |      1  |     19  |     22  |     12  |      9  
     Asian.........................|    122  |      3  |     12  |     43  |      7  |      6  
     Native Hawaiian or Pacific    |         |         |         |         |         |         
      Islander.....................|      7  |   (6)   |    -    |    -    |    -    |    -    
     Multiple races................|      7  |   (6)   |    -    |    -    |    -    |    -    
     Other or not reported.........|     38  |      1  |      8  |     21  |      8  |    -    
     __________________________________________________________________________________________
     
       1 Based on the 2007 BLS Occupational Injury and Illness Classification Manual.  The
     figure shown is the percent of the total fatalities for that demographic group.
       2 "Highway" includes deaths to vehicle occupants resulting from traffic incidents that
     occur on the public roadway, shoulder, or surrounding area.  It excludes incidents
     occurring entirely off the roadway, such as in parking lots and on farms; incidents
     involving trains; and deaths to pedestrians or other nonpassengers.
       3 May include volunteers and workers receiving other types of compensation.             
       4 Includes self-employed workers, owners of unincorporated businesses and farms, paid
     and unpaid family workers, members of partnerships, and may include owners of incorporated
     businesses.
       5 There were 4 fatalities for which there was insufficient information to determine the
     age of the decedent. 
       6 Less than or equal to 0.5 percent.
       7 Persons identified as Hispanic or Latino may be of any race.  The race categories
     shown exclude Hispanic and Latino workers.
       p Data for 2009 are preliminary.  Revised and final 2009 data are scheduled to be
     released in April 2011.
       NOTE: Totals for major categories may include subcategories not shown separately. 
     Percentages may not add to totals because of rounding.  Dashes indicate no data reported
     or data that do not meet publication criteria.  CFOI fatality counts exclude
     illness-related deaths unless precipitated by an injury event.
       SOURCE:  U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, in cooperation with
     State, New York City, District of Columbia, and Federal agencies, Census of Fatal
     Occupational Injuries


     Table 5.  Fatal occupational injuries by state and event or exposure, 2008-2009
     __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
                               |                       |                                                                       
                               |  Total fatalities(1)  |                          Event or exposure(4)                         
                               |                       |                                  2009                                 
                               |_______________________|_______________________________________________________________________
                               |           |           |           |           |           |           |           |           
          State of injury      |           |           |           |           |           |           |Exposure to|           
                               |           |           | Transpor- |  Assaults |  Contact  |           |  harmful  |           
                               |  2008(2)  |  2009(3)p |   tation  |and violent|    with   |   Falls   | substances| Fires and 
                               | (revised) |           | incidents |  acts(6)  |objects and|           |     or    | explosions
                               |           |           |     (5)   |           | equipment |           |  environ- |           
                               |           |           |           |           |           |           |   ments   |           
     __________________________|___________|___________|___________|___________|___________|___________|___________|___________
                               |           |           |           |           |           |           |           |           
       Total...................|   5,214   |   4,340   |   1,682   |     788   |     734   |     617   |     390   |     113   
     Alabama...................|     107   |      70   |      33   |      14   |      12   |       5   |       5   |     -     
     Alaska....................|      33   |      17   |       9   |     -     |       4   |     -     |     -     |     -     
     Arizona...................|     100   |      50   |      23   |       6   |      10   |       5   |       6   |     -     
     Arkansas..................|      85   |      75   |      35   |      10   |      12   |       7   |       8   |     -     
     California................|     465   |     301   |      95   |      79   |      41   |      54   |      24   |       6   
     Colorado..................|     105   |      80   |      34   |      16   |       9   |      13   |       6   |     -     
     Connecticut...............|      28   |      34   |       9   |      13   |       3   |       7   |     -     |     -     
     Delaware..................|      11   |       7   |       3   |     -     |     -     |     -     |     -     |     -     
     District of Columbia......|       9   |      10   |       3   |       6   |     -     |     -     |     -     |     -     
     Florida...................|     291   |     243   |      90   |      35   |      31   |      36   |      47   |     -     
     Georgia...................|     182   |      96   |      47   |      14   |      11   |      11   |      10   |       3   
     Hawaii....................|      19   |      13   |       8   |     -     |       3   |     -     |     -     |     -     
     Idaho.....................|      36   |      26   |      14   |     -     |       7   |     -     |     -     |     -     
     Illinois..................|     193   |     158   |      46   |      36   |      32   |      26   |      16   |     -     
     Indiana...................|     143   |     123   |      47   |      20   |      25   |      20   |       9   |     -     
     Iowa......................|      93   |      78   |      47   |       3   |      15   |       7   |       4   |     -     
     Kansas....................|      73   |      76   |      33   |       8   |      16   |      11   |       5   |       3   
     Kentucky..................|     106   |      97   |      37   |      15   |      21   |      10   |      12   |     -     
     Louisiana.................|     135   |     138   |      60   |      13   |      30   |      15   |      16   |       3   
     Maine.....................|      24   |      16   |      10   |     -     |     -     |     -     |     -     |     -     
     Maryland..................|      60   |      65   |      23   |      17   |       9   |      10   |       4   |     -     
     Massachusetts.............|      68   |      59   |      20   |       9   |      12   |      11   |       7   |     -     
     Michigan..................|     123   |      93   |      27   |      23   |      22   |      11   |       9   |     -     
     Minnesota.................|      65   |      60   |      22   |      10   |      14   |       9   |       4   |     -     
     Mississippi...............|      80   |      64   |      33   |      12   |       4   |       6   |       4   |       5   
     Missouri..................|     148   |     142   |      59   |      24   |      27   |      20   |      10   |     -     
     Montana...................|      40   |      50   |      22   |      13   |       7   |     -     |       3   |     -     
     Nebraska..................|      53   |      57   |      26   |       4   |       9   |      13   |       4   |     -     
     Nevada....................|      41   |      24   |      13   |       3   |       3   |       3   |     -     |     -     
     New Hampshire.............|       7   |       6   |       3   |     -     |     -     |     -     |     -     |     -     
     New Jersey................|      92   |      99   |      33   |      23   |      12   |      23   |       5   |       3   
     New Mexico................|      31   |      42   |      20   |       7   |       6   |       5   |       4   |     -     
     New York (including       |           |           |           |           |           |           |           |           
      N.Y.C.)..................|     213   |     184   |      63   |      47   |      29   |      24   |      12   |       8   
       New York City...........|      90   |      63   |      11   |      28   |       9   |       8   |     -     |     -     
     North Carolina............|     161   |     125   |      47   |      25   |      17   |      18   |       9   |       9   
     North Dakota..............|      28   |      25   |      11   |     -     |       4   |       6   |       3   |     -     
     Ohio......................|     168   |     132   |      39   |      26   |      22   |      28   |      10   |       4   
     Oklahoma..................|     102   |      77   |      43   |       6   |      14   |       4   |       8   |     -     
     Oregon....................|      55   |      66   |      34   |      10   |      14   |       4   |       3   |     -     
     Pennsylvania..............|     241   |     166   |      55   |      37   |      25   |      31   |      13   |       5   
     Rhode Island..............|       6   |       7   |     -     |     -     |       4   |     -     |     -     |     -     
     South Carolina............|      87   |      73   |      29   |      12   |      11   |      10   |       9   |     -     
     South Dakota..............|      30   |      24   |      10   |     -     |      10   |     -     |     -     |     -     
     Tennessee.................|     135   |     105   |      42   |      18   |      24   |      12   |       6   |       3   
     Texas.....................|     463   |     480   |     163   |      93   |      65   |      82   |      61   |      15   
     Utah......................|      64   |      48   |      27   |     -     |       7   |       4   |     -     |       6   
     Vermont...................|      10   |      12   |       7   |     -     |     -     |     -     |     -     |     -     
     Virginia..................|     156   |     118   |      42   |      31   |      21   |      16   |       8   |     -     
     Washington................|      84   |      75   |      23   |      22   |      19   |       5   |       3   |     -     
     West Virginia.............|      53   |      41   |      19   |     -     |      12   |     -     |       3   |       4   
     Wisconsin.................|      77   |      94   |      32   |      18   |      21   |      14   |       7   |     -     
     Wyoming...................|      33   |      19   |      11   |     -     |     -     |       4   |     -     |     -     
     __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

       1 State totals include other events and exposures, such as bodily reaction, in addition to those shown separately.
       2 Totals for 2008 are revised and final.  The BLS news release issued August 20, 2009, reported a total of 5,071 fatal
     work injuries for calendar year 2008.  Since then, an additional 143 job-related fatalities were identified, bringing the
     total job-related fatality count for 2008 to 5,214.  Includes two fatalities that occurred within the territorial
     boundaries of the United States, but a State of incident could not be determined.
       3 Includes zero fatalities that occurred within the territorial boundaries of the United States, but a State of incident
     could not be determined.
       4 Based on the 2007 BLS Occupational Injury and Illness Classification Manual.
       5 Includes highway, nonhighway, air, water, rail fatalities, and fatalities resulting from being struck by a vehicle.
       6 Includes violence by persons, self-inflicted injuries, and attacks by animals.
       p Data for 2009 are preliminary.  Revised and final 2009 data are scheduled to be released in April 2011.
       NOTE:  Dashes indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.  CFOI fatality counts exclude
     illness-related deaths unless precipitated by an injury event.
       SOURCE:  U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, in cooperation with State, New York City, District of
     Columbia, and Federal agencies, Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries


     Table 6.  CFOI participating agencies and telephone numbers

     State  			Agency									Telephone number
     Alabama			Department of Labor							(334) 242-3463
     Alaska 			Department of Labor and Workforce Development 				(907) 465-4539
     Arizona			Industrial Commission of Arizona   					(602) 542-3739
     Arkansas			Department of Labor							(501) 682-4542
     California			Department of Industrial Relations 					(510) 286-0702
     Colorado			Department of Public Health and Environment	 			(303) 692-2710
     Connecticut		Labor Department   							(860) 263-6933
     Delaware   		Department of Labor							(302) 761-8219
     Dist. of Columbia		Bureau of Labor Statistics - Philadelphia Region			(215) 861-5637
     Florida			Department of Financial Services   					(850) 413-1611

     Georgia			Department of Labor							(404) 679-1656
     Hawaii 			Department of Labor and Industrial Relations 				(808) 586-9001
     Idaho  			Industrial Commission  							(208) 334-6090
     Illinois   		Department of Public Health						(217) 558-0500
     Indiana			Department of Labor							(317) 232-2668
     Iowa   			Division of Labor Services 						(515) 281-5151
     Kansas 			Department of Labor							(785) 296-1640
     Kentucky   		Labor Cabinet								(502) 564-4136
     Louisiana  		Louisiana Workforce Commission						(225) 342-3126

     Maine			Bureau of Labor Standards  						(207) 623-7902
     Maryland 			Division of Labor and Industry 						(410) 767-2356
     Massachusetts		Department of Public Health						(617) 624-5679
     Michigan   		Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth				(517) 322-1851
     Minnesota  		Department of Labor and Industry   					(651) 284-5568
     Mississippi		Department of Health   							(601) 576-7186
     Missouri   		Department of Labor and Industrial Relations				(573) 751-2454
     Montana			Department of Labor and Industry   					(406) 444-3297
     Nebraska   		Workers' Compensation Court						(402) 471-3547
     Nevada 			Division of Industrial Relations   					(775) 684-7081
     New Hampshire 		Division of Vital Records Administration				(603) 271-4647

     New Jersey 		Department of Health and Senior Services  				(609) 826-4984
     New Mexico 		Occupational Health and Safety Bureau  					(505) 476-8740
     New York State 		Department of Health   							(518) 402-7900
     New York City  		Department of Health   							(212) 788-4584
     North Carolina 		Department of Labor							(919) 733-0337
     North Dakota		Bureau of Labor Statistics - Chicago Region	    			(312) 353-7200 ext. 410
     Ohio   			Department of Health   							(614) 728-4116
     Oklahoma   		Department of Labor		 					(405) 521-6855
     Oregon 			Department of Consumer and Business Services				(503) 947-7364
     Pennsylvania  		Department of Health   							(717) 783-2548

     Rhode Island		Department of Health   							(401) 222-2812
     South Carolina 		Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation				(803) 896-7673
     South Dakota		Bureau of Labor Statistics - Chicago Region	     			(312) 353-7200 ext. 410
     Tennessee  		Department of Labor and Workforce Development 				(615) 741-1749
     Texas  			Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers' Compensation	(512) 804-4651
     Utah			Utah Occupational Safety and Health Statistics				(801) 530-6823
     Vermont			Department of Labor   							(802) 828-5076
     Virginia   		Department of Labor and Industry   					(804) 786-1035
     Washington 		Department of Labor and Industries 					(360) 902-5512
     West Virginia 		Bureau of Labor Statistics - Philadelphia Region			(215) 861-5628    			
     Wisconsin  		Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene  					(608) 221-6289
     Wyoming			Department of Employment   						(307) 473-3819
     Puerto Rico		Negociado de Estadisticas						(787) 754-5300 ext.3058

TECHNICAL NOTES

Identification and verification of work-related fatalities

In 2009, there were 27 cases included for which work relationship could not be independently verified; however, the 
information on the initiating source document for these cases was sufficient to determine that the incident was likely 
to be job-related.  Data for these fatalities are included in the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries counts.  
An additional 59 fatalities submitted by states were not included because the source documents had insufficient 
information to determine work relationship and could not be verified by either an independent source document 
or a follow-up questionnaire.

States may identify additional fatal work injuries after data collection closeout for a reference year.  In addition, 
other fatalities excluded from the published count because of insufficient information to determine work relationship 
may subsequently be verified as work related.  States have up to seven months from this release to update their initial 
published state counts.  This procedure ensures that fatality data are disseminated as quickly as possible and 
that legitimate cases are not excluded from the final counts.  Thus, each year's initial release of data should 
be considered preliminary.  Final data are released in the Spring of the following year.  Revised counts for 2009 
will be available in April 2011.

Over the last 2 years, increases in the published counts based on additional information have averaged 156 fatalities 
per year or about 3 percent of the revised total.  The BLS news release issued August 20, 2009 reported a total 
of 5,071 fatal work injuries for 2008.  With the April 2010 release of final data, an additional 143 net fatal work 
injuries were added, bringing the total for 2008 to 5,214.

Federal/State agency coverage

The Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries includes data for all fatal work injuries, whether the decedent was working in 
a job covered by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) or other federal or state agencies or was 
outside the scope of regulatory coverage.  Thus, any comparison between the BLS fatality census counts and those 
released by other agencies should take into account the different coverage requirements and definitions being used by 
each agency.

Several federal and state agencies have jurisdiction over workplace safety and health.  OSHA and affiliated agencies 
in states with approved safety programs cover the largest portion of the nation's workers.  However, injuries and 
illnesses occurring in certain industries or activities, such as coal, metal, and nonmetal mining, and highway, water, 
rail, and air transportation, are excluded from OSHA coverage because they are covered by other federal agencies, such 
as the Mine Safety and Health Administration and various agencies within the Department of Transportation.

Acknowledgements

BLS thanks the participating states, New York City, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands for 
their efforts in collecting accurate, comprehensive, and useful data on fatal work injuries.  BLS also appreciates the 
efforts of all federal, state, local, and private sector entities that submitted source documents used to identify 
fatal work injuries.  Among these agencies are the Occupational Safety and Health Administration; the National 
Transportation Safety Board; the U.S. Coast Guard; the Mine Safety and Health Administration; the Office of Workersí 
Compensation Programs (Federal Employees' Compensation and Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation divisions); the 
Federal Railroad Administration; the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; state vital statistics registrars, 
coroners, and medical examiners; state departments of health, labor and industries, and workers' compensation agencies; 
state and local police departments; and state farm bureaus.

Last Modified Date: August 19, 2010