Worker Fatalities: Work Safe. Stay Alive.

The New York State Department of Health’s Bureau of Occupational Health and Injury has two programs that address work-related fatalities: the New York State Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (NYS CFOI) and the New York Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation program (NY FACE). Since occupational fatalities are preventable, these programs inform us on the need to develop effective injury prevention and identify gaps in safety standards and work practices. The data and the reports generated by these programs expose problem areas and provide specific solutions. They are used by a broad audience of labor organizations, industry partners, safety and health professionals, equipment manufacturers, employers, workers, and worker advocates, taking our data to action to prevent serious injuries and future deaths at work.

If you are an employer or employee who wishes to report a fatality or serious injury or if you learn of a workplace fatality, please contact the NYS CFOI program at 1-866-807-2130 (toll-free) in a timely manner. Please leave a detailed message with contact information and a NY fatality investigator will follow up with you.

If you are an employer who wishes to receive a free, impartial assessment of the workplace that helps identify factors that may have contributed to a worker's death or a serious injury, please contact the NYS FACE program at 1-866-807-2130 (toll-free) in a timely manner. Please leave a detailed message with contact information and a NY fatality investigator will follow up with you. NY FACE investigators may visit the work site to collect information and develop recommendations to prevent future injuries.

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NY FACE investigations identify factors and conditions that contribute to work-related fatalities. This information can be used for developing recommendations to prevent future incidents.

Case Reports

Case No. Title
19NY038 Mechanic Service Technician Fatally Struck by Order Picker Carriage
20NY025 Farm Youth Killed When Caught in Sweep Auger Inside a Silo at Family Farm
20NY030 Town Highway Department Mechanic Crushed When Truck Fell Off Jack Stand
15NY032 Construction Worker Fatally Struck by Steel Sheet Pile Falling from a Vibratory Pile Driver
17NY023 Metal Recycling Worker Run Over by a Front-End Loader at a Scrap Yard
18NY063 Town Sanitation Worker Fatally Crushed While Riding on the Riding Step of a Refuse Collection Truck
18NY019 Equipment Operator Fatally Crushed by the Bucket of a Front-End Loader at a Scrap Yard
17NY014 Truck Driver Fatally Struck When Fencing Materials Fell from Flatbed Trailer During Unloading
16NY064 Machine Operator Fatally Struck by Safety Block Ejected from Mechanical Power Press
16NY024 A 23-Year-Old Worker Pulled into a Wood Chipper on His First Day on the Job
16NY009 Operator of a Trailer Tipper Fatally Struck by a Tractor Trailer at a Landfill
16NY066 Worker Crushed Unloading Steel Waste Container
14NY013 Flatbed Truck Starts on Its Own, Crushing Auto Body Shop Worker
13NY080 Two Construction Workers Fatally Crushed When Cement Formwork Collapsed
12NY033 Restaurant Co-owner Fatally Crushed by a Dumbwaiter Car
12NY018 Mechanic Electrocuted When a Mobile Light Tower Contacted Powerline
12NY001 Snowmaker Killed After Sliding off an Icy Trail and Striking a Tree
11NY043 Operator Killed When Horizontal Auger Boring Machine Overturned
10NY060 A Department of Public Works Worker and a Volunteer Firefighter Died in a Sewer Manhole
09NY095 Tower Technician Killed When Guyed Tower Collapsed
08NY067 Contractor Crushed Against the Cab of a Dump Truck by the Dump Body
08NY021 Day Laborer at Boat Dock Drowns After Falling into River
08NY011 Crane Boom Collapse Kills Man During Disassembling
07NY137 Equipment Operator Killed by a Lock Ring Propelled from a Multi-Piece Rim Wheel
07NY107 Master Stonemason Dies in Fall from Handmade Work Platform Attached to Powered Industrial Truck
07NY092 Newspaper Carrier Killed in a Two-Car Head-On Collision
07NY080 Mechanic Killed When Aerial Work Platform Collapses
07NY033 A Plumber Dies After the Collapse of a Trench Wall
07NY015 Construction Laborer Dies After Falling Off Collapsed Precast Concrete Floor Slab
07NY013 Mechanic Dies After Being Pulled into a Snow Thrower
06NY084 Truck Driver Buried by Mulch at Town Solid Waste Site
06NY010 Equipment Operator Killed When Pinned to a Tree by an Excavator
06NY001 Worker Crushed by a Crate of Glass in a Residential Construction Site
05NY039 Three Construction Workers Killed After Being Struck by a Bus in a Highway Work Zone
05NY034 Guatemalan Tree-Service Worker Killed When Pulled into Brush Chipper
05NY013 Ironworker Foreman Crushed When Bridge Support Element Broke During Dismantling
05NY007 City Employee Killed When Clothing Became Entangled Around an Unguarded PTO Shaft on a Salt Truck
05NY001 Teenage Farm Worker Dies During Silage Defacer Entanglement
04NY135 Maintenance Mechanic Killed When Improperly Installed Overhead Garage Door Toppled Scissors Lift
04NY121 Farm Worker Dies During Grain Bin Auger Entanglement
04NY077 Farm Owner Dies During Tractor Overturn
04NY024 Machinist Crushed by a Steel Spool While Working on a Hydraulic Lift Table
04NY013 Department Store Employee Crushed in a Baling Machine
04NY012 Flagger Dies After Being Struck by a Pickup Truck in a Highway Work Zone
04NY010 Dairy Farm Owner Dies During Manure Pump PTO Entanglement
04NY002 Contractor Run Over by Front-End Loader at City Salt Stockyard
03NY049 Farm Worker Dies During Forage Chopper Entanglement
03NY040 Dairy Farmer Dies from Crushing Injuries Sustained While Loading Cows
03NY036 Truck Driver Dies During Payloader Crushing Incident
03NY034 Millwright Killed When Aerial Work Platform Tipped Over
03NY027 City Engineer Killed in Landfill Manhole When Retrieving Flow Meter
03NY024 Elderly Farm Worker Crushed to Death by Dairy Cows
03NY006 Worker Dies After Falling Through a Steel Grid Plate into an Underground Frozen Coal Cracker
02NY096 Worker Fatally Injured by Steel Blade While Cleaning a Dough Machine
02NY069 Farm Worker Dies during Manure Truck Overturn
02NY060 Elderly Part-Time Farmer Dies During Fall and Subsequent Runover by Tractor and Attached Brush-Hog
02NY059 Farmer Dies After Backhoe Crushing Incident
02NY055 Contractor Dies in Tractor Overturn While Skidding Logs
02NY027 Truck Driver Killed When Struck by Laminated Veneer Beams Falling from a Forklift
02NY026 Machine Operator Dies of Crushing Injuries When Caught by a Bridle Roller on a Hot Tin Coating Line
02NY023 Part-Time Farm Worker Dies During Tractor Overturn
02NY013 Logger Crushed While Felling a Tree
02NY012 Feed Mill Worker Dies in Grain Bin
02NY007 Truck Driver Run Over by Trash Compactor at Municipal Landfill
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New York State Worker Fatality Maps
View information on a map that represents some worker fatalities across the state. Find out more about the risk factors and the prevention of worker fatalities. View information on occupational health including maps, graphs, and tables.

The CFOI program, developed in 1991 by the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, collects verifiable information on occupational fatalities. This information is used by health and safety professionals to develop strategies for prevention of both fatalities and serious injuries.

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View incidence rates and case counts of New York State occupational injury, illness and fatalities from the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.

New York State CFOI Reports

About CFOI

The New York State Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (NYS CFOI) program is a multi-record system that captures all work-related traumatic injury deaths in NYS, excluding New York City (NYC). NYC has its own CFOI program. CFOI is a national reporting program, collecting data since 1992, and is funded by the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). It is the most complete and accurate count of fatal work injuries, including deaths from exposure to extreme temperatures, overdose deaths, homicides, and suicides. A detailed record of each NYS fatality is compiled and used to inform the nature and causes, vulnerable populations, and high-risk occupations and industries.


The New York Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (NY FACE) provides a detailed understanding of how fatal occupational injuries occur by identifying how workplace procedures, equipment, training, and other factors contribute to the event. NY FACE is a research program, started in 1982 and funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). By studying and investigating priority fatalities, identifying hazards, and developing workplace injury prevention recommendations, NY FACE promotes effective deterrence at the workplace level. A variety of outreach materials and reports are created that develop effective strategies to implement to prevent future tragedies in the future. NYFACE also develops materials and tools for worker training and education.

  • NY FACE is a NYS Department of Health workplace health and safety program. Its purpose is to study work-related fatal injuries in New York State to determine how the injury occurred.
  • NY FACE is about prevention. It provides educational materials to raise awareness among employers and workers of commonly occurring hazards and injury prevention practices.
  • NY FACE is not an enforcement program and participation is voluntary.
  • NY FACE is not interested in “who to blame” but rather in “what went wrong” and how a similar death can be prevented in the future.
  • NY FACE does not use the names of the deceased, co-workers, employers, or incident site owners in its publications.


New York State Department of Health
Bureau of Occupational Health and Injury Prevention
Empire State Plaza-Corning Tower, Room 1336
Albany, New York 12237
Toll-free Phone: 1-866-807-2130
Fax: (518) 402-4760

We appreciate your cooperation and assistance in improving worker safety. Thank you for making the NY FACE program a success.

NY FACE is funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

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