Each day, between 12 to 13 U.S. workers die as a result of a traumatic injury on the job. Investigations conducted through the FACE program allow the identification of factors that contribute to these fatal injuries. This information is used to develop comprehensive recommendations for preventing similar deaths. This web page provides access to NIOSH investigation reports and other safety resources.

Fatality Investigation Reports Indexed by Program


Preventing Worker Deaths from Trench Collapses, or Cave-ins

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Workers are at risk of death from trench collapses, or cave-ins, during trenching and excavation activities. NIOSH recommends engineering controls, safe work practices, and protective equipment to minimize hazards for workers.

To learn more on how to prevent fatalities from trenching and excavating incidents, please visit the NIOSH FACE page Trenching Reports, and the State Face page Trenching Reports.

Construction FACE Database

The Construction FACE Database (CFD)external icon is a database in Excel created by CPWR – The Center for Construction Research and Training – to facilitate use of the information provided by the Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) reports. The investigation results in FACE reports provide information on the circumstances surrounding work-related fatalities, and the recommendations are crucial for injury prevention. The CFD contains data from both NIOSH and State FACE reports on construction-related fatalities (total of 768 deaths) that were posted as of June 30, 2015.


NIOSH and State FACE Reports by Keyword

NIOSH FACE Reports by NAICS Code

State FACE Reports by NAICS Code

Page last reviewed: August 27, 2020