The U. S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) developed the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) program to provide an accurate, comprehensive, descriptive, timely, and accessible census of work-related fatalities. It is a Federal/State cooperative program piloted in 1988. Hawaii implemented CFOI in 1991, publishing single year data until 1995. Fatality case characteristics data tables can be obtained by clicking on the links below. For Hawaii several years of work-related fatalities are combined to allow the publication of information that would be confidential. Beginning with the 2003 data, industries are classified using the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) and occupations are classified by Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) codes.
This program includes the private sector, public sector, military, self-employed, and certain volunteers. The death must have occurred in the reference state (Hawaii), during the reference year and must be work-related according to the recordkeeping guidelines of the Occupational Safety and Health Act.
Cases are researched from different sources until a work relationship is either determined or rejected. Two or more independent sources must document each case. Cases identified as in-scope are coded in detail, providing data and circumstances surrounding the accident. Source documents may include death certificates, Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigative reports, workers’ compensation forms, medical examiner reports, police reports, newspaper articles, and follow back questionnaires from employers.
Please contact DBEDT Labor Research Branch at (808) 586-9001 with additional workplace injury or illness questions.