Writer's Guide to Government Information

Resources to inject real life detail into your fiction

Fatality and Catastrophe Investigation Summaries (OSHA)

Fatality and Catastrophe Investigation Summaries (OSHA) – http://www.osha.gov/pls/imis/accidentsearch.html

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • What are some ways that hot cooking oil can kill a character?
  • What are some ways that people can get injured or killed in cave-ins?
  • What are some ways that people can be injured or killed in telecom work?


From the website:

Fatality and Catastrophe Investigation Summaries, also known as Accident Investigation Summaries (OSHA 170 form), are developed after OSHA conducts an inspection in response to a fatality or catastrophe. The summaries provide a complete description of the incident, generally including events leading to the incident and causal factors. These summaries can be easily searched by keyword, text in the summary or accident description, event date, and industry (SIC). Information may also be obtained for specific investigation(s), (Insp Nr). Summaries currently available include completed investigations from 1984 through 1 year earlier than today’s date.

Despite the name of the database, this resource also covers injuries. Injuries and fatalities may also be browsed by keyword. Unlike Fatal Facts above, this resource has no sketches.


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