Serious injuries and fatalities (SIF)

SIF stands for serious injury and fatality. A serious injury is a life-changing event, for example: major head injury, spinal cord injury, amputation, catastrophic fractured bones, and serious burns. These resources will help you address and prevent serious injuries and fatalities in your organization.

Oregon OSHA

Visit the Oregon OSHA website to learn more about fatality reports and other safety topics.

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Serious injuries and fatalities

Talking about serious injuries and fatalities can be challenging for a team, however having those difficult conversations is necessary for prevention. It is critical to take steps to prevent serious injuries and fatalities in the workplace. Watch this video to learn more about serious injuries and fatalities, and steps you can take to prevent them.


Responding to emergency situations

If your organization has just experienced a serious injury or fatality, see our page on emergency procedures.

Grief at work (Spanish)
Steps your organization can take to support workers after a loss.

Prevention tools

Preventing serious injuries and fatalities (SIFs) (Spanish)
Learn more about what serious injuries and fatalities are and get best practices for prevention.

Serious injury and fatality (SIF) hazard review form (Spanish)
Identify and prioritize high-risk tasks using the fatal 10 list and red flag situations.

Fatality and serious event reduction worksheet (Spanish)
When a high risk job task is identified, lead a discussion with these three questions.

Serious injuries and fatalities (SIF) safety talk (Spanish)
Safety toolbox talk for SIF prevention.

Fatal 10 and red flag situations reference card (Spanish)
Help to identify SIF potential at your organization. 

SIF card definitions (Spanish)
Provides information and resources.  

Data and reports 

Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) reports (OHSU)    

Data reports for the construction industry (CPWR)

Construction Fatality Map (CPWR)    

Program strategies 

Serious Injury and Fatality Prevention (The Campbell Institute, National Safety Council)  

Work to Zero (National Safety Council)    

Hazards with SIF potential 

Distracted Driving (NHTSA)  

Contact with objects and equipment (National Safety Council)  

Fall prevention fact sheet (NIOSH)

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