May 14, 2021

Recently Released: Worker Safety Groups Release New U.S. Worker Fatality Database (Open Data)

From the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH):

National COSH and a coalition of worker safety groups are releasing the U.S. Worker Fatality Database, which shows the names, people and stories behind the statistical reports of deaths on the job. It is the largest open-access data set of individual workplace fatalities ever collected in the United States.

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The U.S. Worker Fatality Database identifies more than 1,700 workplace fatalities for 2014. This is likely to represent over one-third of the total cases of workplace deaths from traumatic events for that year. The database includes, where available, the name of the deceased, the employer, and the circumstances of the death, with links to OSHA and news accounts.

The data can be sorted by age, gender, city, state, industry and keywords such as “fall elevation,” “electrocuted,” “explosion” and other terms linked to the cause of death.

Interactive maps based on the data show information on specific states and industries in dramatic, graphical form. These maps are licensed under Creative Commons, and can be modified, reproduced and redistributed, with credit to: U.S. Workers Fatality Database.

Read the Complete Release Announcement

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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