Fatalities in the Oil and Gas Extraction Industry (FOG)
Worker preparing to gauge oil production tanks. Photo credit: NIOSH Western States Division
Key FOG Variable Descriptions
The FOG database collects several different types of information (i.e., variables) on each fatal incident and each worker who died in the incident. Variables about the incident are those that would be common to all fatalities associated with the incident, such as the date the event occurred and the location of the incident. Other variables are specific to each fatally injured worker, such as the worker’s age, years of experience, and cause of the fatality.
Below are the definitions for key FOG variables; these are the most commonly reported variables in FOG datasets, publications, and products.