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
1/2/2016 IL: John Jaloway struck and killed by falling concrete wall.
1/2/2016 KS: Robert Haigler struck and killed by part of metal lathe.
1/4/2016 TX: Jullian Gallardo killed in chemical fire explosion.
1/4/2016 OH: Larry Ververka asphyxiated by carbon monoxide from forklift exhaust.
1/7/2016 MA: Norval Bryant killed in fall from scaffold.
1/13/2016 IL: Todd William McWhirter killed in fall from aerial lift while trimming trees.
1/19/2016 IN: Khushwilder Singh fatally shot during robbery.
1/19/2016 TX: Martin Cline struck and killed by forklift.
1/20/2016 ID: Francisca Gomez died after being caught in conveyor.
1/21/2016 MN: Christopher Cahoon killed in propane heater explosion.
1/26/2016 WA: Harold Felton killed in trench collapse.
2/3/2016 UT: Carmen Lindhardt died after becoming caught in dough mixer.
2/5/2016 TX: Joseph Ybarra killed in fall from mast of ship.
2/8/2016 GA: Justin Deems killed in feed mill explosion.
2/16/2016 IL: Christopher Thick killed in fall from forklift.
2/17/2016 IA: Stefan Watermann killed in fall from telecommunications tower.
2/25/2016 KS: Renee Benjamin, Joshua Higbee and Brian Sadowsky fatally shot by coworker.
2/25/2016 WV: Walter Lemaster killed in fall from bucket of boom truck crane.
|Date of Incident||Employer/Address of Incident||Victim(s)||Hazard Description||Fatality or Catastrophe||Inspection #|
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