The Minnesota Fatal Accident Circumstances and Epidemiology Study (FACE) was discussed. Minnesota FACE was recently funded by NIOSH as part of a nationwide program to provide technical assistance for investigating and developing information on risk factors for occupational fatalities. The FACE program focusses on performing epidemiological studies of deaths occurring from falls, electrocutions, and asphyxiation in confined spaces. The primary goal is to reduce the number of these deaths by identifying and subsequently mitigating risk factors. A secondary goal is to establish a standardized investigative and data collection procedure for occupational fatalities in the United States. The highest risk industries were construction, mining, and transportation with fatality rates of 21, 11, and 10 deaths per 100,000 between 1983 and 1989, respectively. Laborers, craftsmen, and operators employed in the construction and manufacturing industries had the highest fatality rates in 1986, 1988, and 1989, 9.5, 7.9, and 4.2 deaths/100,000, respectively. Surveillance difficulties were associated with lack of a single source of uniformly collected data. Plans for implementing Minnesota FACE were discussed. A comprehensive statewide surveillance system operated by the Minnesota Department of Health that includes state agencies, trade associations, organized labor, and industry has been set up. Minnesota FACE will also distribute safety literature and investigation reports concerning occupational fatality risk factors and interventions to targeted occupational groups considered to be at high risk.