1992 to present
Mode of Collection
The Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) compiles comprehensive and timely information on fatal work injuries occurring in the 50 states and the District of Columbia, to monitor workplace safety and to inform private and public health efforts to improve workplace safety. The Survey is administered by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (DOL, BLS) in conjunction with participating state agencies. Key information about each workplace fatality is obtained by cross-referencing source records. For fatalities to be included in the census, the decedents must have been employed (that is working for pay, compensation, or profit) at the time of the event, engaged in a legal work activity, or present at the site of the incident as a requirement of their job. Fatalities that occur during a person's commute to or from work are excluded. Fatalities to volunteer workers who are exposed to the same work hazards and perform the same duties as paid employees are included.
All 50 states and the District of Columbia. Data for Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam are collected but not included in the national totals.