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Fatality Assessment & Control Evaluation Program

California FACE Program - Digital Stories

The California Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) program investigates work-related fatalities to identify the causes and prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future.

The digital stories on this page combine photographs and prevention recommendations from FACE fatality investigation reports with re-creations of the fatal event, personal narration, and family photos. Viewers visit the scene of the incident and see work hazards up close.

The stories are best used as educational triggers that can kick off a worker training session and facilitate discussion. The videos can be viewed on YouTube or downloaded for future use. Each digital story has its own “action page,” which provides discussion questions and/or tailgate training cards, fact sheets, a link to the corresponding FACE investigation report, and video download instructions. Click on the links (arrows) below to view the video on YouTube or to go the comprehensive "action page" for additional training materials and to download the story.​


New Video - Toxic Paint Removers: Safer Alternatives

This video explains how Jason, a painter, almost died when he used a paint remover containing methylene chloride... and what can be done to prevent this from happening again.

Safer Alternatives Video (7.46 minutes)

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Safer Alternatives Action Page


Preventing Worker Drownings

This video explains how José, a 45-year-old lake maintenance worker, drowned after falling from a boat while clearing weeds from a golf course lake... and what can be done to prevent this from happening again.

​​Drowning Prevention Video (6.47 minutes)                     Spanish Drowning Prevention Video (6.59 minutes) Preventing Drownings Video                                      Preventing Drownings Video

Drowning Prevention Action Page

Preventing Palm Tree Trimmer Fatalities

This video explains how Roberto, a 35-year old trimmer, died of suffocation when palm fronds he was cutting fell on him... and what can be done to prevent this from happening again.

​​Palm Tree Video (6.56 minutes)                                             Spanish Palm Tree Video (7.23 minutes) Palm Tree Fatalities                                      Palm Tree Fatalities 

Palm Tree Fatalities Action Page

Preventing Falls Through Skylights

This video explains how Joe, a 45-year-old roofing supervisor, was killed when he fell through a skylight...and what can be done to prevent this from happening again.

Skylight Video (5.42 minutes)                                                 Spanish Skylight Video (6.11 minutes) Preventing Skylight Falls Video                                      Preventing Skylight Falls Video

Skylight Fatalities Action Page

Preventing Falls in the Solar Industry

This video explains how Hans Petersen, a 30-year-old solar panel installer, was killed when he fell off an apartment building roof… and what can be done to prevent this from happening again.

Solar Video (4.30 minutes)                                                       Spanish Solar Video (6 minutes) 

Preventing Falls Video                                      Preventing Falls Video
Solar Industry Fatalities Action Page

Preventing Wood Chipper Fatalities

This video explains how Antonio Barajas, a 33-year-old tree trimmer, was killed when he was thrown against a wood chipper… and what can be done to prevent this from happening again.

Wood Chipper Video (3.48 minutes)                                    Spanish Wood Chipper Video (4.38 minutes) Preventing Wood Chipper Deaths Video                                      Preventing Woodchipper Deaths Video
Wood Chipper Fatalities Action Page

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