Economic News Release

Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries News Release

For release 10:00 a.m.  (EDT) Thursday, September 20, 2012			                        USDL-12-1888 
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NATIONAL CENSUS OF FATAL OCCUPATIONAL INJURIES IN 2011
(PRELIMINARY RESULTS)

A preliminary total of 4,609 fatal work injuries were recorded in the United States in 2011, down from a 
final count of 4,690 fatal work injuries in 2010, according to results from the Census of Fatal Occupational 
Injuries (CFOI) program conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The rate of fatal work injury for 
U.S. workers in 2011 was 3.5 per 100,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers, as compared to a final rate 
of 3.6 per 100,000 for 2010.

Over the last 3 years, increases in the published counts based on additional information have averaged 
166 fatalities per year or about 3 percent of the revised total. Final 2011 data from the CFOI program 
will be released in Spring 2013. 

Key preliminary findings of the 2011 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries:

-	Fatal work injuries in the private construction sector declined to 721 in 2011 from 774 in 2010, a 
	decline of 7 percent and the fifth consecutive year of lower fatality counts. Fatal construction injuries 
	are down nearly 42 percent since 2006. 
-	Violence and other injuries by persons or animals accounted for 780 fatalities, or about 17 percent of 
	the fatal injuries in the workplace in 2011. Included in this count are 458 homicides and 242 suicides.
	(See note in box below about recent changes to the classification system for case characteristics.)
-	Work-related fatalities in the private mining industry (which includes oil and gas extraction) were 
	down 10 percent in 2011 after an increase of 74 percent in 2010. Coal mining fatalities fell to 17 in 2011 
	from 43 in 2010.
-	Fatal work injuries in private truck transportation rose 14 percent in 2011-the second 
	consecutive year that counts have risen in this sector after reaching a series low in 2009.
-	Fatal work injuries increased among non-Hispanic black or African-American workers and among Hispanic 
	or Latino workers in 2011, but declined among non-Hispanic white workers (down 3 percent).
-	Fatal work injuries involving workers 55 years of age and older as well as workers under the age 
	of 18 were both lower in 2011, but fatal work injuries among workers in the 20 to 24 age group were 
	up nearly 18 percent.

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     |                                          Changes to the OIICS Structure                                       |
     | Information in this release incorporates a major revision in the Occupational Injury and Illness              |
     | Classification System (OIICS), which is used to describe the characteristics of fatal work injuries. Because  |
     | of the extensive revisions, data for the OIICS case characteristics for reference year 2011 represent a break | 
     | in series with data for prior years. More information on OIICS can be found at www.bls.gov/iif/oshoiics.htm.  | 
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Profile of fatal work injuries in 2011 by worker characteristics

The number of fatal work injuries involving non-Hispanic white workers declined 3 percent in 2011, but were higher 
for black or African-American workers. For black workers, this increase follows three years of declining numbers of 
fatal injuries.

Fatal work injuries among Hispanic or Latino workers rose to 729 in 2011 from 707 in 2010, an increase of 3 percent. 
The higher count in 2011 was the first increase in fatal injuries for Hispanic or Latino workers since 2006. Of the 
729 fatal work injuries involving Hispanic or Latino workers, 500 (or 69 percent) involved foreign-born workers. 
Overall, there were 823 fatal work injuries involving foreign-born workers in 2011, of which the greatest share 
(338 or 41 percent) were born in Mexico.

Fatal work injuries were higher for workers 20 to 24 years of age, rising to 288 in 2011 from 245 in 2010, an 
increase of 18 percent. For workers 55 years of age or older and workers under the age of 18, fatal work injuries 
were down. Fatal work injuries involving women increased slightly in 2011 to 375, but declined by 2 percent for 
men to 4,234 in 2011 from 4,322 in 2010.

Fatal injuries to both wage and salary workers and self-employed workers declined slightly in 2011.

For more detailed information on fatal injuries by demographic characteristics, see the 2011 tables 
at www.bls.gov/iif/oshcfoi1.htm.

Profile of 2011 fatal work injuries by type of incident

Transportation incidents accounted for more than 2 out of every 5 fatal work injuries in 2011. (See chart 1.) 
Of the 1,898 transportation-related incidents, about 57 percent (1,075 cases) were roadway incidents involving 
motorized land vehicles. Nonroadway incidents, such as a tractor overturn in a farm field, accounted for 
another 11 percent of the transportation-related fatal injuries. About 16 percent of fatal transportation 
incidents in 2011 involved pedestrians who were struck by vehicles. Of the 312 fatal work injuries involving 
pedestrians struck by vehicles, 61 occurred in work zones. Workers who were fatally injured in aircraft 
incidents in 2011 accounted for 146 fatalities or about 8 percent of the transportation total. 

Overall, 780 workers were killed as a result of violence and other injuries by persons or animals, including 
458 homicides and 242 suicides. Shootings were the most frequent manner of death in both homicides (78 percent) 
and suicides (45 percent). Another 37 deaths were due to animal- or insect-related incidents. Of the 375 fatal 
work injuries involving female workers overall, 21 percent involved homicides. In nearly 2 out of every 
5 homicides to female workers, the assailants were relatives, with almost all of the relatives being 
spouses or domestic partners (current and former). Robbers were the assailants in another 22 percent of these 
fatalities. For male workers, homicides accounted for approximately 9 percent of all fatal injuries. 
In contrast to female workers, relatives accounted for only about 2 percent of assailants. Robbers were the 
assailants in over one third of the homicide cases involving male workers. 

Fatal falls, slips, or trips took the lives of 666 workers in 2011, or about 14 percent of all fatal work 
injuries. Falls to lower level accounted for 541 of those fatalities. The revised Occupational Injury and 
Illness Classification System (OIICS) added the capability of recording the height of the fall. In 2011, the 
height of the fall was reported in 451 of the 541 fatal falls from higher level. Of those 451 cases, about 
one in four (115) occurred after a fall of 10 feet or less. Another fourth (118) occurred from a fall of 
over 30 feet.

A total of 472 workers were fatally injured after being struck by objects or equipment, including 219 workers 
who were struck by falling objects or equipment and 192 who were struck by powered vehicles or mobile equipment 
not in normal operation.

There were 152 multiple-fatality incidents in 2011 (incidents in which more than one worker was killed) in 
which 354 workers died. 
 
For more detailed information on fatal injuries by incident, see the 2011 tables at www.bls.gov/iif/oshcfoi1.htm.

Profile of fatal work injuries in 2011 by industry sector

The number of fatal work injuries in the private construction sector declined by 7 percent in 2011. Fatal work 
injuries in construction have declined every year since 2006 and are down nearly 42 percent over that time. 
Economic conditions may explain much of this decline. Despite the lower fatal injury total, construction 
accounted for the second most fatal work injuries of any industry sector in 2011 with transportation and 
warehousing having the most fatal work injuries. (See chart 2.)

Private sector mining fatalities were down 10 percent to 154 in 2011 from 172 in 2010 after rising 74 percent 
in 2010. Fatal work injuries were down sharply in coal mining to 17 in 2011 from 43 in 2010; the Upper Big 
Branch mining disaster in 2010 which killed 29 workers was a major factor in the high fatality counts 
in 2010. Fatal work injuries in support activities for mining were up 6 percent. 

Fatalities in agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting were down by 10 percent to 557 in 2011 from 621 in 2010, 
led by a sharp drop in crop production fatalities. Manufacturing fatalities were also slightly lower.

Among service-providing industries in the private sector, fatal work injuries in transportation and warehousing 
accounted for 733 fatal work injuries in 2011, an increase of 11 percent over the final 2010 count (661 fatalities) 
and the highest count since 2008. The number of fatal injuries in truck transportation, the largest 
subsector within transportation and warehousing in terms of employment, increased by 14 percent in 2011, led 
by a 16 percent increase in general freight trucking and a 12 percent increase in specialized freight trucking. 
Among other transportation subsectors, fatal work injuries in air transportation were lower, but fatalities in 
water and rail transportation were higher in 2011.
 
Fatal work injuries in the professional and business services sector were up 16 percent, led by an increase in 
fatalities in landscape services to 167 in 2011 from 133 in 2010.

Fatal occupational injuries among government workers increased by 2 percent from 2010 to 495. Local government 
increased to 294 in 2011 from 269 in 2010 due to a 24 percent increase in police protection. Fatal work 
injuries were lower among both state and federal workers. 

In 2011, CFOI began collecting additional information on fatally-injured workers who were working as contractors 
at the time of their deaths. Preliminary 2011 data show that 492 of the 4,609 fatally-injured workers were 
classified as contractors at the time of their fatal injuries. (For more information on contractor definitions 
and other new data elements please see http://www.bls.gov/iif/oshcfdef.htm.)

For more detailed information on fatal injuries by industry, see the 2011 tables at www.bls.gov/iif/oshcfoi1.htm.

Profile of fatal work injuries in 2011 by occupation

Fatal work injuries in construction and extraction occupations declined slightly in 2011 to 770--the lowest 
level since the occupational series began in 2003. Fatal injuries among construction trades workers also recorded 
a series low in 2011, falling 7 percent to 511 in 2011 and have declined 48 percent from the high reported 
in 2006. Fatal work injuries involving construction laborers, the worker subgroup accounting for the highest 
number of fatalities in the construction trades worker group, were down 6 percent in 2011 to 190 fatal work 
injuries. The number of fatal work injuries involving extraction workers was about the same as in 2010.
 
Fatal work injuries in the building and grounds cleaning, and maintenance occupational group were up 14 percent 
to 265 fatalities in 2011--the highest level since 2006. The biggest increases within this occupational group 
were among landscaping and groundskeeping workers and among tree trimmers and pruners.

Fatal work injuries involving farming, fishing, and forestry workers declined by 5 percent in 2011 after increasing 
in 2010. Fatalities involving agricultural workers, including farm workers and laborers, declined to 138 in 2011 
from 161 in 2010. Fatalities among logging workers were higher in 2011, to 64 in 2011 from 60 in 2010, but fatal 
work injuries among fishers and related fishing workers were about the same as in 2010.

The number of fatal work injuries among protective service occupations increased for the second straight year, 
rising to 278 in 2011 from 261 in 2010. The increase in 2011 was led by higher numbers of fatal injuries among 
security guards and first-line supervisors of police and detectives.

Fatal work injuries involving workers in transportation and material moving occupations increased by 
5 percent in 2011 to 1,213 fatalities, which is the highest level since 2008. Fatal work injuries in this 
occupational group accounted for about one quarter of all occupational fatalities. 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 increase. Fatalities in this subgroup rose to 759 in 2011 from 718 in 2010, an 
increase of 6 percent.

Fatal work injuries involving resident military personnel increased to 54 in 2011 from 46 in 2010.

For more detailed information on fatal injuries by occupation, see the 2011 tables at www.bls.gov/iif/oshcfoi1.htm.

Profile of fatal work injuries by state

Twenty-three states reported higher numbers of fatal work injuries in 2011 than in 2010, while 25 states and 
the District of Columbia reported lower numbers. Two states reported the same number as in 2010.

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, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam are not included 
in the national totals for this release, results for these jurisdictions 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 2011 data, over 20,000 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 for nonfatal 
workplace injuries and illnesses for cases that result in days away from work. Incidence rates for 2011 by 
industry will be published in October 2012, and information on 2011 case circumstances and worker characteristics 
will be available in November 2012. For additional data, access the BLS Internet site: www.bls.gov/iif/. For 
technical information and definitions for the CFOI program, please go to the BLS Handbook of Methods on the BLS 
web site at www.bls.gov/opub/hom/pdf/homch9.pdf. 







     Table 1.  Fatal occupational injuries by event or exposure, 2011p
     _____________________________________________________________________
                                                  |           |           
                 Event or exposure(1)             |   Number  |  Percent  
     _____________________________________________|___________|___________
                                                  |           |           
                                                  |           |           
       Total......................................|   4,609   |     100   
                                                  |           |           
     Violence and other injuries by persons or    |           |           
      animals.....................................|     780   |      17   
       Homicides - intentional injury by other    |           |           
        person....................................|     458   |      10   
         Shooting by other person - intentional...|     358   |       8   
         Stabbing, cutting, slashing, piercing....|      42   |       1   
       Self-inflicted injury - intentional........|     242   |       5   
                                                  |           |           
     Transportation incidents.....................|   1,898   |      41   
       Roadway incidents involving motorized land |           |           
        vehicle...................................|   1,075   |      23   
         Roadway collision with other vehicle.....|     512   |      11   
           Roadway collision - moving in same     |           |           
            direction.............................|     143   |       3   
           Roadway collision - moving in opposite |           |           
            directions, oncoming..................|     168   |       4   
           Roadway collision - moving             |           |           
            perpendicularly.......................|     110   |       2   
         Roadway collision with object other than |           |           
          vehicle.................................|     301   |       7   
           Vehicle struck object or animal on side|           |           
            of roadway............................|     281   |       6   
         Roadway noncollision incident............|     259   |       6   
           Jack-knifed or overturned, roadway.....|     206   |       4   
       Nonroadway incidents involving motorized   |           |           
        land vehicles.............................|     216   |       5   
           Jack-knifed or overturned, nonroadway..|     109   |       2   
       Pedestrian vehicular incident..............|     312   |       7   
         Pedestrian struck by vehicle in work zone|      61   |       1   
       Rail vehicle incidents.....................|      50   |       1   
       Water vehicle incidents....................|      70   |       2   
       Aircraft incidents.........................|     146   |       3   
                                                  |           |           
     Fires and explosions.........................|     143   |       3   
                                                  |           |           
     Falls, slips, trips..........................|     666   |      14   
       Falls to lower level.......................|     541   |      12   
         Fall from collapsing structure or        |           |           
          equipment...............................|      38   |       1   
         Fall through surface or existing opening |      60   |       1   
       Fall on same level.........................|     108   |       2   
                                                  |           |           
     Exposure to harmful substances or            |           |           
      environments................................|     401   |       9   
                                                  |           |           
       Exposure to electricity....................|     171   |       4   
       Exposure to temperature extremes...........|      61   |       1   
       Exposure to other harmful substances.......|     130   |       3   
         Inhalation of harmful substance..........|      57   |       1   
                                                  |           |           
     Contact with objects and equipment...........|     708   |      15   
       Struck by object or equipment..............|     472   |      10   
         Struck by falling object or equipment -  |           |           
          other than powered vehicle..............|     219   |       5   
         Struck by discharged or flying object....|      24   |       1   
       Caught in or compressed by equipment or    |           |           
        objects...................................|     147   |       3   
         Caught in running equipment or machinery |     119   |       3   
       Struck, caught, or crushed in collapsing   |           |           
        structure, equipment, or material.........|      84   |       2   
     _____________________________________________|___________|___________

       1 Based on the BLS Occupational Injury and Illness Classification
     System (OIICS) 2.01 implemented for 2011 data forward.
       p Data for 2011 are preliminary.  Revised and final 2011 data are
     scheduled to be released in Spring 2013.
       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, 2011p
     ______________________________________________________________________________________________________
                                   |                       |                                               
                                   |     Fatal injuries    |         Selected event or exposure(2)         
                                   |                       |        (percent of total for industry)        
                                   |_______________________|_______________________________________________
                                   |           |           |           |           |           |           
              Industry(1)          |           |           |           |           |           |           
                                   |           |           |           |           |   Falls,  | Struck by 
                                   |   Number  |  Percent  | Homicides | Roadway(3)|   slips,  | object or 
                                   |           |           |           |           |   trips   | equipment 
     ______________________________|___________|___________|___________|___________|___________|___________
                                   |           |           |           |           |           |           
                                   |           |           |           |           |           |           
         Total.....................|   4,609   |     100   |      10   |      23   |      14   |      10   
                                   |           |           |           |           |           |           
      Private industry.............|   4,114   |      89   |       9   |      23   |      15   |      11   
                                   |           |           |           |           |           |           
       Goods producing.............|   1,754   |      38   |       1   |      14   |      20   |      15   
                                   |           |           |           |           |           |           
        Natural resources and      |           |           |           |           |           |           
         mining....................|     711   |      15   |       1   |      17   |       7   |      19   
         Agriculture, forestry,    |           |           |           |           |           |           
          fishing and hunting......|     557   |      12   |       1   |      13   |       7   |      19   
           Crop production.........|     238   |       5   |       2   |      18   |       8   |      13   
           Animal production.......|     147   |       3   |     –     |      12   |       7   |      14   
           Forestry and logging....|      78   |       2   |     –     |      10   |       4   |      67   
         Mining(4).................|     154   |       3   |     –     |      31   |       8   |      19   
           Mining, except oil and  |           |           |           |           |           |           
            gas....................|      37   |       1   |     –     |       8   |       8   |      30   
           Support activities for  |           |           |           |           |           |           
            mining.................|     106   |       2   |     –     |      39   |       8   |      16   
        Construction...............|     721   |      16   |       1   |      12   |      35   |      10   
         Construction..............|     721   |      16   |       1   |      12   |      35   |      10   
           Construction of         |           |           |           |           |           |           
            buildings..............|     121   |       3   |       1   |       8   |      43   |      10   
           Heavy and civil         |           |           |           |           |           |           
            engineering            |           |           |           |           |           |           
            construction...........|     155   |       3   |       1   |      18   |       9   |      14   
           Specialty trade         |           |           |           |           |           |           
            contractors............|     418   |       9   |       1   |      12   |      42   |       9   
        Manufacturing..............|     322   |       7   |       3   |      13   |      15   |      14   
         Manufacturing.............|     322   |       7   |       3   |      13   |      15   |      14   
           Food manufacturing......|      50   |       1   |     –     |      16   |      16   |      12   
           Fabricated metal product|           |           |           |           |           |           
            manufacturing..........|      40   |       1   |       2   |       8   |      20   |      15   
                                   |           |           |           |           |           |           
       Service providing...........|   2,360   |      51   |      15   |      30   |      11   |       8   
                                   |           |           |           |           |           |           
        Trade, transportation, and |           |           |           |           |           |           
         utilities.................|   1,227   |      27   |      13   |      43   |       6   |       8   
         Wholesale trade...........|     189   |       4   |       5   |      30   |      11   |      15   
           Merchant wholesalers,   |           |           |           |           |           |           
            durable goods..........|     106   |       2   |       7   |      20   |      11   |      22   
           Merchant wholesalers,   |           |           |           |           |           |           
            nondurable goods.......|      77   |       2   |       3   |      42   |      10   |       6   
         Retail trade..............|     266   |       6   |      41   |      20   |       9   |       7   
           Motor vehicle and parts |           |           |           |           |           |           
            dealers................|      42   |       1   |     –     |      36   |       7   |      21   
           Food and beverage stores|      85   |       2   |      69   |      11   |       6   |     –     
         Transportation and        |           |           |           |           |           |           
          warehousing..............|     733   |      16   |       5   |      56   |       4   |       7   
           Truck transportation....|     474   |      10   |       1   |      73   |       3   |       7   
           Transit and ground      |           |           |           |           |           |           
            passenger              |           |           |           |           |           |           
            transportation.........|      72   |       2   |      44   |      36   |       4   |     –     
         Utilities.................|      39   |       1   |     –     |      15   |      18   |       8   
        Information................|      58   |       1   |     –     |      33   |      28   |       5   
        Financial activities.......|      95   |       2   |      31   |      15   |       9   |       4   
         Finance and insurance.....|      35   |       1   |      31   |       9   |       9   |     –     
         Real estate and rental and|           |           |           |           |           |           
          leasing..................|      60   |       1   |      30   |      18   |      10   |       7   
        Professional and business  |           |           |           |           |           |           
         services..................|     424   |       9   |       7   |      18   |      24   |      11   
         Professional and technical|           |           |           |           |           |           
          services.................|      74   |       2   |       5   |      19   |       9   |     –     
         Administrative and waste  |           |           |           |           |           |           
          services.................|     350   |       8   |       7   |      18   |      27   |      13   
        Educational and health     |           |           |           |           |           |           
         services..................|     151   |       3   |      13   |      19   |      14   |     –     
         Educational services......|      38   |       1   |     –     |       8   |      11   |       3   
         Health care and social    |           |           |           |           |           |           
          assistance...............|     113   |       2   |      16   |      23   |      15   |     –     
        Leisure and hospitality....|     224   |       5   |      30   |       6   |      11   |       4   
         Arts, entertainment, and  |           |           |           |           |           |           
          recreation...............|      93   |       2   |       3   |       2   |      14   |       5   
         Accommodation and food    |           |           |           |           |           |           
          services.................|     131   |       3   |      50   |       8   |       9   |       3   
        Other services, except     |           |           |           |           |           |           
         public administration.....|     177   |       4   |      21   |      14   |       9   |      18   
                                   |           |           |           |           |           |           
      Government(5)................|     495   |      11   |      18   |      24   |      10   |       3   
                                   |           |           |           |           |           |           
       Federal government..........|      93   |       2   |       9   |      24   |       9   |     –     
       State government............|     106   |       2   |       8   |      34   |      10   |       5   
       Local government............|     294   |       6   |      25   |      20   |      10   |       3   
     ______________________________|___________|___________|___________|___________|___________|___________
                        
       1 Industry data are based on the North American Industry Classification System, 2007.
       2 Based on the BLS Occupational Injury and Illness Classification System (OIICS) 2.01 implemented
     for 2011 data forward.  The figure shown is the percent of the total fatal injuries for that industry
     group.
       3 "Roadway" 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 fatal injuries 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 Includes fatal injuries to workers employed by governmental organizations regardless of industry.
       p Data for 2011 are preliminary.  Revised and final 2011 data are scheduled to be released in Spring
     2013.
       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 two fatal injuries 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, 2011p
     ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________
                                        |                       |                                               
                                        |     Fatal injuries    |         Selected event or exposure(2)         
                                        |                       |       (percent of total for occupation)       
                                        |_______________________|_______________________________________________
                                        |           |           |           |           |           |           
                Occupation(1)           |           |           |           |           |           |           
                                        |           |           |           |           |   Falls,  | Struck by 
                                        |   Number  |  Percent  | Homicides | Roadway(3)|   slips,  | object or 
                                        |           |           |           |           |   trips   | equipment 
     ___________________________________|___________|___________|___________|___________|___________|___________
                                        |           |           |           |           |           |           
                                        |           |           |           |           |           |           
       Total............................|   4,609   |     100   |      10   |      23   |      14   |      10   
                                        |           |           |           |           |           |           
     Management occupations.............|     456   |      10   |      13   |      14   |       9   |      12   
       Top executives...................|      34   |       1   |      21   |      18   |      18   |     –     
       Operations specialties managers..|      28   |       1   |      36   |      18   |     –     |     –     
       Other management occupations.....|     388   |       8   |      11   |      14   |       8   |      14   
     Business and financial operations  |           |           |           |           |           |           
      occupations.......................|      29   |       1   |      14   |      48   |     –     |     –     
     Computer and mathematical          |           |           |           |           |           |           
      occupations.......................|       5   |    (4)    |     –     |     –     |     –     |     –     
     Architecture and engineering       |           |           |           |           |           |           
      occupations.......................|      39   |       1   |     –     |      26   |       8   |     –     
       Engineers........................|      26   |       1   |     –     |      31   |     –     |     –     
     Life, physical, and social science |           |           |           |           |           |           
      occupations.......................|      22   |    (4)    |     –     |      18   |      23   |     –     
     Community and social services      |           |           |           |           |           |           
      occupations.......................|      22   |    (4)    |      27   |      41   |     –     |     –     
     Legal occupations..................|      13   |    (4)    |     –     |     –     |     –     |     –     
     Education, training, and library   |           |           |           |           |           |           
      occupations.......................|      34   |       1   |     –     |      12   |      24   |     –     
     Arts, design, entertainment,       |           |           |           |           |           |           
      sports, and media occupations.....|      53   |       1   |     –     |       6   |      21   |     –     
       Entertainers and performers,     |           |           |           |           |           |           
        sports and related workers......|      37   |       1   |     –     |       3   |      11   |     –     
     Healthcare practitioners and       |           |           |           |           |           |           
      technical occupations.............|      54   |       1   |      17   |      20   |       7   |     –     
       Health diagnosing and treating   |           |           |           |           |           |           
        practitioners...................|      37   |       1   |      19   |      24   |     –     |     –     
       Health technologists and         |           |           |           |           |           |           
        technicians.....................|      16   |    (4)    |     –     |     –     |     –     |     –     
     Healthcare support occupations.....|      20   |    (4)    |      15   |      25   |     –     |     –     
     Protective service occupations.....|     278   |       6   |      40   |      21   |       6   |     –     
       Fire fighting and prevention     |           |           |           |           |           |           
        workers.........................|      31   |       1   |     –     |      16   |      13   |     –     
       Law enforcement workers..........|     149   |       3   |      45   |      28   |       2   |     –     
       Other protective service workers |      74   |       2   |      51   |       5   |      11   |     –     
     Food preparation and serving       |           |           |           |           |           |           
      related occupations...............|      45   |       1   |      42   |     –     |      16   |     –     
       Supervisors, food preparation and|           |           |           |           |           |           
        serving workers.................|      11   |    (4)    |      45   |     –     |     –     |     –     
     Building and grounds cleaning and  |           |           |           |           |           |           
      maintenance occupations...........|     265   |       6   |       3   |       9   |      31   |      15   
       Building cleaning and pest       |           |           |           |           |           |           
        control workers.................|      52   |       1   |      10   |      12   |      40   |     –     
       Grounds maintenance workers......|     182   |       4   |       2   |       9   |      28   |      17   
     Personal care and service          |           |           |           |           |           |           
      occupations.......................|      72   |       2   |      28   |       6   |      12   |     –     
     Sales and related occupations......|     228   |       5   |      45   |      14   |       7   |       4   
       Supervisors, sales workers.......|     121   |       3   |      49   |      11   |       4   |       7   
       Retail sales workers.............|      61   |       1   |      61   |     –     |      13   |     –     
       Sales representatives, services..|       9   |    (4)    |      11   |     –     |     –     |     –     
       Sales representatives, wholesale |           |           |           |           |           |           
        and manufacturing...............|      14   |    (4)    |     –     |      50   |     –     |     –     
     Office and administrative support  |           |           |           |           |           |           
      occupations.......................|      92   |       2   |      15   |      33   |      18   |       3   
       Material recording, scheduling,  |           |           |           |           |           |           
        dispatching, and distributing   |           |           |           |           |           |           
        workers.........................|      54   |       1   |      15   |      43   |      11   |     –     
     Farming, fishing, and forestry     |           |           |           |           |           |           
      occupations.......................|     262   |       6   |       2   |      11   |       6   |      24   
       Agricultural workers.............|     138   |       3   |     –     |      17   |       7   |       7   
       Fishing and hunting workers......|      40   |       1   |       2   |     –     |     –     |     –     
       Forest, conservation, and logging|           |           |           |           |           |           
        workers.........................|      67   |       1   |     –     |     –     |     –     |      75   
     Construction and extraction        |           |           |           |           |           |           
      occupations.......................|     770   |      17   |       1   |      12   |      32   |      12   
       Supervisors, construction and    |           |           |           |           |           |           
        extraction workers..............|      99   |       2   |       1   |      22   |      30   |      16   
       Construction trades workers......|     511   |      11   |       1   |       8   |      37   |       9   
       Extraction workers...............|      92   |       2   |       1   |      20   |      14   |      24   
     Installation, maintenance, and     |           |           |           |           |           |           
      repair occupations................|     362   |       8   |       2   |      13   |      18   |      18   
       Vehicle and mobile equipment     |           |           |           |           |           |           
        mechanics, installers, and      |           |           |           |           |           |           
        repairers.......................|     115   |       2   |       2   |      13   |       3   |      38   
       Other installation, maintenance, |           |           |           |           |           |           
        and repair occupations..........|     203   |       4   |       2   |      13   |      26   |       7   
     Production occupations.............|     218   |       5   |       6   |       6   |      18   |      13   
       Supervisors, production workers..|      31   |       1   |      13   |      13   |      10   |     –     
       Metal workers and plastic workers|      66   |       1   |       2   |     –     |      23   |      18   
     Transportation and material moving |           |           |           |           |           |           
      occupations.......................|   1,213   |      26   |       5   |      50   |       5   |       9   
       Air transportation workers.......|      72   |       2   |     –     |     –     |     –     |     –     
       Motor vehicle operators..........|     851   |      18   |       6   |      67   |       3   |       7   
       Water transportation workers.....|      14   |    (4)    |     –     |     –     |     –     |     –     
       Material moving workers..........|     227   |       5   |       2   |      12   |      14   |      16   
     Military occupations(5)............|      54   |       1   |       9   |      19   |       6   |     –     
     ___________________________________|___________|___________|___________|___________|___________|___________
                   
       1 Occupation data are based on the Standard Occupational Classification system, 2010.
       2 Based on the BLS Occupational Injury and Illness Classification System (OIICS) 2.01 implemented for
     2011 data forward.  The figure shown is the percent of the total fatal injuries for that occupation group.
       3 "Roadway" 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 fatal injuries to persons identified as resident armed forces regardless of individual
     occupation listed.
       p Data for 2011 are preliminary.  Revised and final 2011 data are scheduled to be released in Spring
     2013.
       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 two fatal injuries 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, 2011p
     ______________________________________________________________________________________________________
                                   |                       |                                               
                                   |     Fatal injuries    |         Selected event or exposure(1)         
                                   |                       | (percent of total for characteristic category)
                                   |_______________________|_______________________________________________
                                   |           |           |           |           |           |           
             Characteristic        |           |           |           |           |           |           
                                   |           |           |           |           |   Falls,  | Struck by 
                                   |   Number  |  Percent  | Homicides | Roadway(2)|   slips,  | object or 
                                   |           |           |           |           |   trips   | equipment 
     ______________________________|___________|___________|___________|___________|___________|___________
                                   |           |           |           |           |           |           
                                   |           |           |           |           |           |           
     Total.........................|   4,609   |     100   |      10   |      23   |      14   |      10   
                                   |           |           |           |           |           |           
            Employee status        |           |           |           |           |           |           
                                   |           |           |           |           |           |           
     Wage and salary(3)............|   3,594   |      78   |       9   |      26   |      15   |      10   
     Self-employed(4)..............|   1,015   |      22   |      13   |      14   |      13   |      12   
                                   |           |           |           |           |           |           
                 Gender            |           |           |           |           |           |           
                                   |           |           |           |           |           |           
     Men...........................|   4,234   |      92   |       9   |      23   |      14   |      11   
     Women.........................|     375   |       8   |      21   |      27   |      14   |       4   
                                   |           |           |           |           |           |           
                 Age(5)            |           |           |           |           |           |           
                                   |           |           |           |           |           |           
     Under 16 years................|      10   |    (6)    |      10   |     –     |     –     |     –     
     16-17 years...................|      14   |    (6)    |      14   |     –     |       7   |     –     
     18-19 years...................|      58   |       1   |      14   |      16   |       5   |      12   
     20-24 years...................|     288   |       6   |       9   |      28   |       8   |       9   
     25-34 years...................|     704   |      15   |      13   |      19   |      10   |      10   
     35-44 years...................|     858   |      19   |      12   |      25   |      12   |       8   
     45-54 years...................|   1,207   |      26   |      10   |      23   |      16   |      11   
     55-64 years...................|     911   |      20   |       8   |      26   |      17   |      11   
     65 years and over.............|     558   |      12   |       6   |      21   |      22   |      12   
                                   |           |           |           |           |           |           
        Race or ethnic origin(7)   |           |           |           |           |           |           
                                   |           |           |           |           |           |           
     White, non-Hispanic...........|   3,257   |      71   |       8   |      25   |      14   |      10   
     Black or African-American,    |           |           |           |           |           |           
      non-Hispanic.................|     433   |       9   |      21   |      29   |       8   |       9   
     Hispanic or Latino............|     729   |      16   |      10   |      14   |      22   |      11   
     American Indian or Alaska     |           |           |           |           |           |           
      Native, non-Hispanic.........|      29   |       1   |     –     |     –     |      14   |      14   
     Asian, non-Hispanic...........|     113   |       2   |      35   |      24   |       8   |       4   
     Native Hawaiian or Pacific    |           |           |           |           |           |           
      Islander, non-Hispanic.......|       3   |    (6)    |     –     |     –     |     –     |     –     
     Multiple races, non-Hispanic..|      15   |    (6)    |     –     |     –     |       7   |     –     
     Other or not reported,        |           |           |           |           |           |           
      non-Hispanic.................|      30   |       1   |      13   |      40   |     –     |     –     
     ______________________________|___________|___________|___________|___________|___________|___________
                 
       1 Based on the BLS Occupational Injury and Illness Classification System (OIICS) 2.01 implemented
     for 2011 data forward.  The figure shown is the percent of the total fatal injuries for that
     demographic characteristic.
       2 "Roadway" 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, and may include some owners of incorporated businesses or members of partnerships.
       5 There was 1 fatal injury 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 2011 are preliminary.  Revised and final 2011 data are scheduled to be released in Spring
     2013.
       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, 2010-2011
     __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
                               |                     |                                                                 
                               |     Total fatal     |                       Event or exposure(4)                      
                               |     injuries(1)     |                               2011                              
                               |_____________________|_________________________________________________________________
                               |          |          |          |          |          |          |          |          
                               |          |          |          |          |          |          |          |          
          State of injury      |          |          | Violence |          |          |          | Exposure |  Contact 
                               |          |          | and other| Transpor-|          |  Falls,  |to harmful|   with   
                               |  2010(2) | 2011(3)p | injuires |  tation  |Fires and |  slips,  |substances|  objects 
                               | (revised)|          |by persons|incidents-|explosions|  trips   |    or    |    and   
                               |          |          |    or    |    (6)   |          |          | environ- | equipment
                               |          |          |animals(5)|          |          |          |   ments  |          
     __________________________|__________|__________|__________|__________|__________|__________|__________|__________
                               |          |          |          |          |          |          |          |          
                               |          |          |          |          |          |          |          |          
       Total...................|   4,690  |   4,609  |     780  |   1,898  |     143  |     666  |     401  |     708  
                               |          |          |          |          |          |          |          |          
     Alabama...................|      92  |      74  |       6  |      36  |       1  |      10  |       4  |      17  
     Alaska....................|      39  |      38  |       8  |      18  |       1  |       4  |       5  |     –    
     Arizona...................|      77  |      65  |      14  |      25  |       3  |      13  |       5  |     –    
     Arkansas..................|      88  |      93  |      11  |      50  |       1  |       6  |      14  |      11  
     California................|     326  |     360  |      85  |     118  |       9  |      60  |      36  |      50  
     Colorado..................|      85  |      87  |      16  |      34  |     –    |      15  |       5  |      16  
     Connecticut...............|      49  |      36  |      12  |      13  |     –    |       7  |       1  |       3  
     Delaware..................|       8  |      10  |       5  |       3  |     –    |     –    |       1  |     –    
     District of Columbia......|      16  |       9  |       3  |     –    |     –    |     –    |     –    |       3  
     Florida...................|     225  |     227  |      44  |      90  |       4  |      36  |      27  |      26  
     Georgia...................|     108  |     107  |      17  |      45  |       5  |      16  |       9  |      15  
     Hawaii....................|      19  |      26  |     –    |      10  |       5  |       6  |       2  |     –    
     Idaho.....................|      33  |      37  |     –    |      26  |     –    |       3  |     –    |       5  
     Illinois..................|     206  |     177  |      44  |      54  |       4  |      29  |      25  |      20  
     Indiana...................|     118  |     122  |      17  |      61  |       3  |      16  |       7  |      18  
     Iowa......................|      77  |      93  |      11  |      55  |       2  |       7  |       2  |      16  
     Kansas....................|      85  |      77  |       7  |      38  |       8  |       8  |       7  |       9  
     Kentucky..................|      69  |      86  |      10  |      39  |       6  |       6  |       7  |      17  
     Louisiana.................|     111  |     109  |      10  |      54  |       6  |      14  |      13  |      12  
     Maine.....................|      20  |      26  |       4  |      16  |     –    |     –    |       3  |     –    
     Maryland..................|      71  |      71  |      17  |      29  |       3  |       8  |       4  |       9  
     Massachusetts.............|      54  |      63  |      19  |      17  |       3  |      16  |       3  |       5  
     Michigan..................|     146  |     139  |      33  |      46  |       3  |      24  |      12  |      21  
     Minnesota.................|      70  |      60  |       5  |      16  |     –    |      14  |       5  |      19  
     Mississippi...............|      68  |      63  |       9  |      31  |     –    |       5  |       7  |       9  
     Missouri..................|     106  |     133  |      14  |      60  |       5  |      16  |      10  |      28  
     Montana...................|      36  |      49  |       5  |      25  |     –    |       5  |       3  |       8  
     Nebraska..................|      54  |      39  |       2  |      25  |     –    |       3  |     –    |       5  
     Nevada....................|      38  |      38  |       9  |      22  |     –    |       4  |     –    |     –    
     New Hampshire.............|       6  |       9  |     –    |       4  |     –    |     –    |     –    |     –    
     New Jersey................|      81  |      98  |      24  |      37  |     –    |      15  |       7  |      15  
     New Mexico................|      38  |      51  |       4  |      21  |     –    |       3  |       6  |      15  
     New York (including       |          |          |          |          |          |          |          |          
      N.Y.C.)..................|     182  |     205  |      48  |      69  |     –    |      39  |      14  |      34  
       New York City...........|      68  |      71  |      24  |      13  |     –    |      15  |       6  |      13  
     North Carolina............|     139  |     148  |      29  |      51  |       4  |      28  |      12  |      24  
     North Dakota..............|      30  |      44  |       5  |      23  |     –    |       3  |     –    |       9  
     Ohio......................|     161  |     153  |      22  |      61  |       3  |      22  |      20  |      25  
     Oklahoma..................|      94  |      77  |       6  |      38  |     –    |       9  |      10  |      12  
     Oregon....................|      47  |      57  |      10  |      20  |       3  |       9  |     –    |      12  
     Pennsylvania..............|     221  |     186  |      28  |      69  |       6  |      34  |      17  |      32  
     Rhode Island..............|       9  |       7  |     –    |     –    |     –    |       5  |     –    |     –    
     South Carolina............|      69  |      81  |      12  |      46  |     –    |      12  |       5  |       5  
     South Dakota..............|      36  |      31  |       5  |      14  |       3  |     –    |     –    |       7  
     Tennessee.................|     138  |     120  |      26  |      39  |      10  |      15  |       5  |      24  
     Texas.....................|     461  |     433  |      70  |     168  |      18  |      67  |      43  |      66  
     Utah......................|      41  |      39  |       3  |      24  |     –    |       5  |     –    |       5  
     Vermont...................|      12  |       8  |     –    |     –    |     –    |     –    |       2  |       4  
     Virginia..................|     107  |     127  |      23  |      60  |       1  |      10  |      12  |      21  
     Washington................|     104  |      58  |       6  |      29  |     –    |       9  |       5  |       9  
     West Virginia.............|      95  |      43  |       3  |      18  |     –    |       6  |       5  |      11  
     Wisconsin.................|      91  |      89  |      13  |      33  |     –    |      12  |       9  |      22  
     Wyoming...................|      33  |      29  |     –    |      17  |     –    |       3  |     –    |     –    
     __________________________|__________|__________|__________|__________|__________|__________|__________|__________

       1 State totals include other events and exposures, such as bodily reaction, in addition to those shown
     separately.
       2 Totals for 2010 are revised and final.  Preliminary 2010 data issued August 25, 2011, reported a total of
     4,547 fatal work injuries for calendar year 2010.  Since then, an additional 143 job-related fatal injuries were
     identified, bringing the total job-related fatal injury count for 2010 to 4,690.  Includes one fatal injury that
     occurred within the territorial boundaries of the United States, but a State of incident could not be determined.
       3 Includes two fatal injuries that occurred within the territorial boundaries of the United States, but a State
     of incident could not be determined.
       4 Based on the BLS Occupational Injury and Illness Classification System (OIICS) 2.01 implemented for 2011 data
     forward.
       5 Includes violence by persons, self-inflicted injuries, and attacks by animals.
       6 Includes highway, nonhighway, air, water, and rail fatal injuries, and fatal injuries resulting from being
     struck by a vehicle.
       p Data for 2011 are preliminary.  Revised and final 2011 data are scheduled to be released in Spring 2013.
       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						(602) 542-3737
Arkansas		Department of Labor						(501) 682-4542
California		Department of Industrial Relations				(626) 472-0446 ext. 5443
Colorado		Department of Public Health and Environment			(303) 691-4938
Connecticut		Department of Labor						(860) 263-6933
Delaware		Department of Labor						(302) 761-8219
District of Columbia	Department of Health						(202) 442-9010
Florida			Bureau of Labor Statistics - Atlanta Region			(404) 893-8339
		
Georgia			Office of Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner		(404) 463-0738
Hawaii 			Department of Labor and Industrial Relations 			(808) 586-9002
Idaho			Bureau of Labor Statistics - San Francisco Region		(415) 625-2261
Illinois		Department of Public Health					(312) 814-8194
Indiana			Department of Labor						(317) 232-2668
Iowa			Division of Labor Services					(515) 281-5151
Kansas			Department of Labor						(785) 296-5000 ext. 2576
Kentucky		Labor Cabinet							(502) 564-4136
Louisiana		Workforce Commission						(225) 342-3126

Maine			Bureau of Labor Standards					(207) 623-7905
Maryland		Division of Labor and Industry					(410) 527-4463
Massachusetts		Department of Public Health					(617) 624-5679
Michigan   		Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs			(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) 751-2719
Montana			Department of Labor and Industry				(406) 444-3297
Nebraska		Workers' Compensation Court					(402) 471-3547
Nevada			Division of Industrial Relations				(702) 486-9197
New Hampshire		Division of Vital Records Administration			(603) 271-4647
		
New Jersey		Department of Health						(609) 826-4984
New Mexico		Occupational Health and Safety Bureau				(505) 476-8740
New York State		Department of Health and Injury Prevention			(518) 402-7900
New York City 		Department of Health and Mental Hygiene				(212) 788-4584
North Carolina 		Department of Labor						(919) 733-0337
North Dakota		Bureau of Labor Statistics - Chicago Region			(312) 353-7200 ext. 41
Ohio			Department of Health						(614) 644-0135
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) 222-8051
South Carolina 		Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation			(803) 896-7673
South Dakota		Bureau of Labor Statistics - Chicago Region			(312) 353-7200 ext. 41
Tennessee  		Department of Labor and Workforce Development 			(615) 741-1749
Texas  			Dept. of Insurance, Div. of Workers' Compensation  		(512) 804-4658
Utah			Labor Commission, Statistics Program				(801) 530-6823
Vermont			Department of Labor						(802) 828-5985
Virginia   		Department of Labor and Industry				(804) 786-1035
Washington		Department of Labor and Industries 				(360) 902-5510
West Virginia 		Bureau of Labor Statistics - Philadelphia Region		(215) 861-5637
Wisconsin		State Laboratory of Hygiene					(608) 221-6293
Wyoming			Department of Workforce Services				(307) 473-3810
Guam			Department of Labor						(671) 475-7056
Puerto Rico		Negociado de Estadisticas					(787) 754-5300 ext.3056
U.S. Virgin Islands	Occupational Safety and Health Statistics			(340) 776-3700 ext. 2019

TECHNICAL NOTES

Identification and verification of work-related fatalities

In 2011, there were 7 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 (CFOI) counts. An additional 101 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 7 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 2011 will 
be available in 2013.

Over the last 3 years, increases in the published counts based on additional information have averaged 166 fatalities 
per year or about 3 percent of the revised total. The BLS news release issued August 25, 2011 reported a total 
of 4,547 fatal work injuries for 2010. With the April 2012 release of final data, an additional 143 net fatal 
work injuries were added, bringing the total for 2010 to 4,690.

In September 2010, the Bureau of Labor Statistics completed a major revision to the Occupational Injury and Illness 
Classification System (OIICS). The new version constitutes the first comprehensive revision to the OIICS since its 
creation in December 1992. The revised structure (OIICS 2.01) will be used beginning with reference year 2011 for 
both the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) and the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII). 
As a result of the break in series, new survey ID’s have been created for the public IIF 
databases (www.bls.gov/iif/data.htm) for CFOI and SOII.

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.

Acknowledgements

BLS thanks the participating states, New York City, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, 
and Guam 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 Workers’ 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: September 20, 2012
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