The Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), administered by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS, the Bureau) in conjunction with the 50 States , the District of Columbia, and New York City, compiles detailed information on all work-related fatal injuries occurring in the United States. In an effort to compile counts that are as complete as possible, the fatality census uses diverse sources to identify, verify, and profile fatal work injuries. Source documents such as death certificates, news accounts, workers’ compensation reports, and Federal and State agency administrative records are cross-referenced to gather key information about each workplace fatality.
The annual CFOI report provides detailed tabulations of data from the fatality census, as well as analytical articles on various topics related to fatal workplace injuries. Although the format differs, this report for 2004 provides the same information as in previous years. The report has two sections, the first section contains charts and text highlighting fatality data from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, including charts derived from the five analytical articles using CFOI data. The second section presents detailed data tables and appendices that describe the scope, methodology, and outputs of the program, along with the full text of the five analytical articles.