The construction FACE database - Codifying the NIOSH FACE reports

J Safety Res. 2017 Sep;62:217-225. doi: 10.1016/j.jsr.2017.06.017. Epub 2017 Jul 4.


Introduction: The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has published reports detailing the results of investigations on selected work-related fatalities through the Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) program since 1982.

Method: Information from construction-related FACE reports was coded into the Construction FACE Database (CFD). Use of the CFD was illustrated by analyzing major CFD variables.

Results: A total of 768 construction fatalities were included in the CFD. Information on decedents, safety training, use of PPE, and FACE recommendations were coded. Analysis shows that one in five decedents in the CFD died within the first two months on the job; 75% and 43% of reports recommended having safety training or installing protection equipment, respectively.

Conclusion: Comprehensive research using FACE reports may improve understanding of work-related fatalities and provide much-needed information on injury prevention.

Practical application: The CFD allows researchers to analyze the FACE reports quantitatively and efficiently.

Keywords: Construction industry; Fatality assessment and control evaluation; Injury prevention and intervention; Occupational fatality; Workplace safety.

MeSH terms

  • Accidents, Occupational / prevention & control*
  • Accidents, Occupational / statistics & numerical data
  • Construction Industry / statistics & numerical data*
  • Databases, Factual*
  • Humans
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, U.S.*
  • United States