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Archived: Decrease rate of extremely serious worker injuries that lead to death

Definition: Measure from the federal Census of Fatal Occupational Injureis (CFOI). Measures fatalities per 100,000 FTEs. This measure is consistent with federal guidelines and does not necessarily follow similar measures of fatalities calculated based on state definitions. The calculation is by year of fatality (not incident date, which SHARP/FACE utilizes). CFOI in 2014 will moved to an annual final data release - Cycle to begin December 2016.

Why is this a priority?

Our goal is for no worker to die on the job of an occupational injury or illness this year.  Although Washington has one of the lowest rates of worker fatality in the nation, more can be done.  The death of a worker is the worst tragedy, and preventing these deaths will always be a top priority.

How are we doing?

The state and national fatality rates have both declined over time. However, because the number of workers who die on the job is relatively small, the fatality rate can vary substantially from one year to the next. Even though 2011-2013 data showed us below our long-standing target, more years of data will be needed.

What are we working on?

All the work the Department of Labor and Inudstries does to increase workplace safety also contributes to lowering the fatality rate.  In addition, when a fatality occurs, the Department undertakes a comprehensive investigation, ensures that corrective action is taken, and educates the broader business community on potential risks.

How can you help?

A workplace fatality can occur to any worker, in any business, in any area of the state. First, we all need to understand and follow the health and safety regulations for our jobs. Second, we also need to help ensure the safety of our co-workers and those who provide goods and services for us. Visit www.lni.wa.gov for specific suggestions on how you can help to keep Washington safe and working.