Safety advocates launch database on worker deaths

fatalities by industry

Photo: U.S. Worker Fatality Database

Longmeadow, MA – A new database released in conjunction with Workers Memorial Day (April 28) provides details on the nearly 2,000 workplace fatalities recorded in 2014.

A group of workplace safety advocates, including the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health and AFL-CIO, released the U.S. Worker Fatality Database as part of an effort to better understand the circumstances of the fatal injuries and help prevent future deaths.

The database includes the names of the employer and deceased worker, location, and specific circumstances of the death – more detail than is found in the aggregated figures released each year by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It also includes links to public documents on the deaths, such as OSHA reports and media coverage, and features maps and infographics.