The Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) program is a National census conducted
in partnership with States to compile work-related fatality data. Fatality data
collection by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) began in select States in 1972,
from which CFOI developed and grew to include all 50 States and the District of
Columbia by 1992. Colorado has published data on work-related fatalities occurring
since 1982, and implemented the CFOI system in 1991. CFOI program data are collected
in cooperation with BLS to ensure that data are comparable among States.
The Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries provides detailed information on all fatal
workplace injuries, including: self-employed workers, agricultural workers, and
government employees. In order that all relevant information is obtained, the CFOI
program collects data from multiple sources. Each case must have two or more substantiating
documents, including: death certificates, worker's compensation claims, NIOSH FACE
investigation reports, OSHA reports, traffic accident reports, and newspaper clippings.
Each State compiles and publishes their cases (often annually), and also forwards
their data each year to BLS for inclusion in a National database.
CFOI data are used for research, statistical analysis, and planning prevention measures.
The program is intended to support employers, researchers, government agencies,
or anyone interested in promoting work place safety and injury prevention efforts.
Examples of how CFOI data can be used include:
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The Colorado Violent Death Reporting System (CoVDRS) collects information on violent deaths that have occurred in Colorado (homicides, suicides, deaths of undetermined intent, and unintentional firearm-related deaths) from a variety of data sources, including death certificates, coroner/medical examiner reports, and law enforcement investigations. The purpose of the data is to provide a more complete understanding of when, where, and how violent deaths occur.
From 2004 to 2011, suicide accounted for the greatest number of injury deaths in the state, outnumbering deaths from motor vehicle accident, unintentional poisoning, falls, and homicide. In 2009, Colorado had the 6th highest rate of suicide in the nation.
Data sources such as death certificates do not provide information with the level of detail necessary to accurately assess the factors surrounding violent deaths. For example, death certificates cannot link victim and suspect information and do not contain information about the circumstances of the death. The CoVDRS surveillance system was initiated in Colorado to gather information at this level of detail and to use the data to inform public health prevention and intervention efforts.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is currently funding 18 states, including Colorado, to collect data for the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS). The CDC has considered the possibility of fully implementing a National Violent Death Reporting System in all states to provide accurate information for decision-makers in federal, state and local entities. At the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), the Vital Statistics Unit is primarily responsible for this data system for violent deaths occurring within Colorado, and data collection began with cases in January 2004. More information on the NVDRS is available at http://www.cdc.gov/ViolencePrevention/NVDRS/index.html
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Unique data elements from each of these sources are linked and compiled to create a comprehensive source for statewide violent death data.
Local, state or national policy makers and community program developers need better and more detailed information in order to answer fundamental questions about patterns and trends in violence. This detailed information is available through state and local agencies, although the information is generally fragmented and often inaccessible. The creation of a system such as the CoVDRS to consolidate these valuable pieces of information helps to answer such fundamental questions as:
Health Watch No. 90
Suicide in Colorado, 2007-2011: A Summary from the Colorado Violent Death Reporting System
This data collection system is made possible through funding provided by the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention. Cooperative Agreement U17/CE 823101-08
For more information about CoVDRS, contact