Technical notes


Identification and verification of work-related fatalities

In 2014, there were 14 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 61 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 preliminary data collection closes 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 preliminary 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 2014 will be available in 2016.

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.


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 
industrial relations and workers’ compensation agencies; state and local police departments; and state farm bureaus.

Information in this release is available to sensory-impaired individuals. Voice phone: (202) 691-5200; 
Federal Relay Service: (800) 877-8339.

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