Worker Fatalities Reported to Federal and State OSHA
Making a living shouldn't have to cost you your life. Workplace fatalities, injuries, and illnesses are preventable. Safe jobs happen because employers make the choice to fulfill their responsibilities and protect their workers.
— Dr. David Michaels Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health
Before OSHA was created 43 years ago, an estimated 14,000 workers were killed on the job every year. Today, workplaces are much safer and healthier, going from 38 fatal injuries a day to 12. But there is still much work to be done.
The tables below provide summaries of work-related fatalities and incidents resulting in the hospitalization of three or more workers reported to OSHA. Employers must report these incidents to OSHA within eight hours. The summaries in the table record the name and address of the worker’s employer, the date of the fatality or catastrophe and a brief description. These summaries include only preliminary information, as reported to OSHA Area Offices or to states that operate OSHA-approved State Plans. OSHA investigates all work-related fatalities catastrophes in all covered workplaces. (For more information on workplace fatalities, see the BLS Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries.)
Reports of fatalities and incidents for FY 16 (Oct. 1, 2015 - Sept. 30, 2016)
Weekly totals of fatalities and incidents for FY16
Click on the drop-down menu below to view tables of weekly fatalities and incident totals, tabulated by OSHA region.
Reports of fatalities and incidents for FY 15 (Oct. 1, 2014 – Sept. 30, 2015)
Fatality/Incident Summaries are listed in descending order from newest to oldest. This is presented in PDF, Excel and CSV delimited files that can be sorted by additional fields.
Fatalities and Catastrophes Report Archives (FY09 through FY15)
Weekly summaries of fatalities and catastrophes reported in FY09 through FY15 are available on the Fatalities and Catastrophes Archive page.
OSHA Standard for Reporting of Fatalities, Injuries and Illnesses
As of January 1, 2015, OSHA Standard, 29 CFR Subpart 1904.39, Reporting Fatality, Injury and Illness Information to the Government requires covered employers to report work-related fatalities to OSHA within eight hours of learning of the event, and report all work-related in-patient hospitalizations, amputations and losses of an eye to OSHA within 24 hours of learning of the event. Employers must report these incidents in one of three ways:
- Call 1-800-321-OSHA (6742)
- Call your nearest OSHA area office, during normal business hours
- Visit the Electronic Reporting Form for Employers Web page
Note: Anyone needing to report an emergency or imminent life threatening situation, please contact OSHA's toll-free number immediately: 1-800-321-OSHA (6742).
The following links provide additional information on the new recordkeeping rule:
4,821 workers died on the job in 2014
5/1/2016 FL: Douglas Whetstine died from chemical exposure in hexane processing area.
5/3/2016 ID: Burt Smith and Ernesto Saucedo killed and another worker severely injured in sewer line trench collapse.
5/5/2016 TX: Kenneth Brown electrocuted and another worker seriously injured when dump truck contacted a power line.
5/10/2016 LA: Arturo Acosta died from heat stress suffered on construction job site.
5/14/2016 WA: Daniel Christiansen electrocuted while pulling wire on refurbished fishing vessel.
5/17/2016 FL: Charles Jean died from heat stress while picking tomatoes.
5/18/2016 NE: Todd Kaup died after being engulfed by grain in storage bin.
5/24/2016 WI: Micah Gifford electrocuted by power lines while trimming tree.
5/24/2016 KY: Tyler W. Comer killed in fall from communications tower.
6/19/2016 AL: Regina Elsea fatally crushed by automotive assembly line robot.
6/20/2016 SD: Gerald Hendren died from heat related illness while digging post-holes for deck.
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