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Note on BLS data

For anyone interested in the data used in "Financing Constraints and Workplace Safety" and "Private equity buyouts and workplace safety," please pay close attention to the data description in the paper before contacting me about obtaining the data.

The data is obtained through a program at the BLS for accessing confidential data. In order to use the data you must apply to the program through the BLS.  You can find instructions for doing so here:  Please note that the data in our paper is NOT the same as the SOII data which has been made available through the Department of Labor.  This data is a much smaller subsample of workplace safety data which has been made available for a selected period of time by OSHA, and does not represent a full overlap with the full sample data gathered by BLS, and does not have identifiers for EIN tax ids.  This data has been used in existing papers such as this one, but not ours.  If you are interested in further details about this publicly available data you may contact the authors there, but I do very little work with this data.

Please do not contact me about providing you with the data in our sample, because we are not legally permitted to give it out. If after obtaining the rights to use the data through the BLS rda program (, you have questions about the data and our research please feel free to contact me.