OSHA updates fatality inspection data to include only cases with citations and penalties

Agency says it is continuing to review all data

Posted August 28, 2017

OSHA issued a statement with background information on recent updates to fatality data on the Agency’s public website. According to OSHA, the new fatality data listing, revised on August 25, more accurately reflects work-related fatalities.

The fatality listings are intended to provide useful information to employers to better understand how workers are fatally injured on the job so they can better protect their employees and prevent further tragedies. However, the new listings now include only cases in which citations and penalties were issued for fatalities that occurred on or after January 1, 2017.

OSHA says the previous listings included fatal incidents that were outside federal OSHA jurisdiction, not work-related, or for which the employer was not issued a citation for a violation related to the incident.

Entries from before August 25 will remain available in the original format on OSHA’s data and statistics page. The Agency says it is continuing to review all the data to ensure it is accurate and useful to stakeholders.

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