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Worker Health and Safety
Fatal Work-Related Injuries
A fatal work-related injury is an injury occurring at work that results in death.  Since 2003, 504 workers have died as a result of a fatal work-related injury in Nebraska, which is on average more than 50 deaths per year and about one per week. Surveillance of work-related fatalities can identify new hazards and case clusters, leading to the development of new interventions and prevention measures.

How are fatal work-related injuries counted?

Fatal work-related injuries are counted through the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI). In Nebraska, CFOI is conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in collaboration with the Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Court. CFOI collects the number of fatalities and additional information such as the type of fatal injury, how the fatal injury occurred, and demographic characteristics. 

Nebraska data

According to preliminary data from the CFOI, 48 workers in Nebraska died as a result of a fatal work-related injury in 2012, which was an increase from 2011 when there were 39 fatalities. The rate of fatal work injuries in Nebraska has remained relatively stable over the past decade and is higher than the U.S. average rate. More than 100,000 workers in Nebraska were employed in high mortality risk industries and occupations in 2010.  
For Nebraska fatality data:

Workers Employed in Industries and Occupations with High Risk for Occupational Mortality (Indicator 16) - Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists

Nebraska Fatal Work-Related Injury Data, 2012 - Bureau of Labor Statistics

Nebraska Fatal Injury Counts and Rates - Bureau of Labor Statistics 

Nebraska CFOI Data Reports - Nebraska Workers' Compensation Court

Fatality Assessment Control Evaluation (FACE)

The Nebraska Department of Labor participated in the Fatality Assessment Control Evaluation (FACE) Program through the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health until 2003. The FACE Program focused on identifying factors that increase the risk of work-related fatal injuries. Identification of these factors enabled employers and employees to develop effective safety programs to prevent fatal injuries in the workplace.
To view archived FACE publications and FACE Facts, visit:
Fatality Assessment Control Evaluation (FACE) - Nebraska Department of Labor


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