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Technical notes

TECHNICAL NOTES

Identification and verification of work-related fatalities

In 2013, 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 were included in the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) 
counts. An additional 46 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 fatal occupational injury data 
are disseminated as quickly as possible and that legitimate cases are not excluded from the revised counts.

Thus, each year's initial release of data should be considered preliminary. Revised data are released in the late 
spring of the following year; revised counts for 2013 will be available in 2015.

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 provided 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.

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Last Modified Date: September 11, 2014
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