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OSH-1.1 Reduce deaths from work-related injuries in all industries

About the Data

Description of the data source, numerator, denominator, survey questions, and other relevant details about the national estimate.

Data Source: 
Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI); Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (DOL/BLS)
Current Population Survey (CPS); U.S. Census Bureau and Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (Census and DOL/BLS)
Changed Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch: 
No
Measure: 
per 100,000
Baseline (Year): 
4.0 (2007)
Target: 
3.6
Target-Setting Method: 
10 percent improvement
Numerator: 

Number of work-related injury deaths among full-time equivalent workers aged 16 years and older

Denominator: 

Average annual hours at work for workers aged 16 years and older

Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective: 
Retained from HP2010 objective
Questions Used to Obtain the National Baseline Data: 

    From the 2007 Current Population Survey - Labor Force Questionnaire:

    [DENOMINATOR:]

    WORK

    (THE WEEK BEFORE LAST/LAST WEEK), did (name/you) do ANY work for (pay/either pay or profit)?

    1. Yes
    2. No
    3. Retired
    4. Disabled
    5. Unable to work

    BUS1

    ((THE WEEK BEFORE LAST/LAST WEEK), did (name/you) do any unpaid work in the family business or farm??

    1. Yes
    2. No

    HRUSL1

    (How many hours per week (do/does) (name/you) USUALLY work at (your/his/her) (job?/ main job?)

    1. Enter number of hours (00-99) Hours each week
    2. (V) Hours vary each week

    HRUSL2

    How many hours per week (do/does) (you/he/she) USUALLY work at (your/his/her) other (job/ jobs)?

    1. Enter number of hours (00-99) Hours each week
    2. (V) Hours vary each week

    HROT1

    (THE WEEK BEFORE LAST/LAST WEEK), did (name/you) work any overtime or extra hours (at(his/her) MAIN job that / that)(you/he/she) (do/does) not usually work?

    1. Yes
    2. No

    HROT2

    How many ADDITIONAL hours did (you/he/she) work?

    Enter number of hours

    HRACT1

    (LAST WEEK/THE WEEK BEFORE LAST), how many hours did ( you/he/she) ACTUALLY work at (your/his/her) (job?/MAIN job?)?

    Enter number of hours
    (00 - 99)

    HRACT2

    (THE WEEK BEFORE LAST/LAST WEEK), how many hours did ( you/he/she) ACTUALLY work at (your/his/her) other (job/ jobs?)?

    Enter number of hours
    (00 - 99)

Data Collection Frequency: 
Annual
Methodology Notes: 

    CFOI uses multiple data sources, including death certificates, workers' compensation reports, reports to various regulatory agencies, police reports, medical examiner records, and newspaper reports, to identify and verify work-related fatalities.

    Beginning with data for 2008, CFOI applied a new rate methodology, changing the denominator from employment-based to hours-based. CFOI uses hours worked data from the Current Population Survey (CPS), a monthly household survey that collects data on the employment status of the civilian, non-institutionalized population aged 16 years and older. For the baseline year (2007), BLS produced both employment- and hours-based rates; the baseline estimate is for hours-based employment.

    Hours-based rates are based on the average number of employees at work and the average hours each employee works. Hours-based rates measure fatal injury risk per standardized length of exposure, and are generally considered more accurate than employment-based rates. Employment and hours-based rates will be similar for groups of workers who tend to work full-time. However, differences will be observed for worker groups who tend to have a high percentage of part-time workers, such as younger workers.

    Rates are expressed for full-time equivalent workers. Full-time equivalent employees equal the number of employees on full-time schedules plus the number of employees on part-time schedules converted to a full-time basis. The number of full-time equivalent employees in each industry is the product of the total number of employees and the ratio of average weekly hours per employee for all employees. An industry’s full-time equivalent employment will be less than the number of its employees on full- and part-time schedules, unless the industry has no part-time employees.

    For consistency with the CPS data, workers under the age of 16, volunteers, and military personnel are excluded from the CFOI counts used to calculate rates. Information on the type of industry is converted to North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes.

References

Additional resources about the objective

  1. Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) - Current and Revised Data. Washington, DC: Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  2. Thomsen C.; McClain J,; Rosenman K,; Davis L.; Indicators for Occupational Health Surveillance. MMWR 56(RR-1). 2007.