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The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) identified several incorrect national-level fatality rates and hours worked in the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI). The affected data were fatal occupational injury rates and the total hours worked for 12 occupations, 2 industries, and Asian, non-Hispanic workers. (See table 1.) The affected data were not in the LABSTAT database, but appear in several BLS products.

These products are listed on this webpage. As of December 14, 2016, BLS was able to identify errors for the 2014 reference year. BLS is in the process of evaluating previous years to determine if similar problems exist. This page will be updated if BLS identifies more data affected by this error.

Table 1. Categories affected by incorrect rate data
Category Grouping Code Total Hours Worked (corrected) Fatal injury rate (corrected)

First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers

Occupation SOC 47-1011 1,493 17.4


Occupation SOC 47-2031 2,393 4.8

Construction laborers

Occupation SOC 47-2061 3,078 13.3

Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators

Occupation SOC 47-2073 700 8.0


Occupation SOC 47-2111 1,563 10.0

Painters, construction and maintenance

Occupation SOC 47-2141 999 9.2

Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

Occupation SOC 47-215 1,143 5.6


Occupation SOC 47-2181 356 46.1

Structural iron and steel workers

Occupation SOC 47-2221 106 28.3

Other extraction workers

Occupation SOC 47-5051 and 47-5099 232 18.1

First line supervisors of food preparation and serving workers

Occupation SOC 35-101 1,907 2.0

Sales and related workers

Occupation SOC 41 28,388 1.7

Wood manufacturing

Industry NAICS 321 785 10.7

Merchant wholesalers, durable goods

Industry NAICS 423 3,522 6.0

Asian, non-Hispanic

Race/Ethnicity  N/A 15,382 1.8

Products containing the error

The following news release contains incorrect data and will not be reissued.

  • News release, Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries Summary, 2014 (HTML) (PDF)

In addition to the news release, the following products have been updated with corrected data. Additional products may be updated as corrected data become available.

  • Revisions to the 2014 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) Table 1. Fatal occupational injuries, comparison of 2014 preliminary and revised counts and rates, selected characteristics (HTML)
  • The CFOI chart package, charts 18 and 19, illustrating fatality counts and rates has been replaced.
  • The CFOI rate table, "Fatal occupational injuries, total hours worked, and rates of fatal occupational injuries by selected worker characteristics, occupations, and industries, civilian workers, 2014" has been replaced.

This page will be updated as more information becomes available.

For questions regarding this correction, please contact CFOI staff.
E-mail: Staff
Telephone: (202) 691-6170
Fax: (202) 691-6196 or (202) 691-7862


Last Modified Date: December 14, 2016