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Workers' Memorial Day --- April 28, 2008

Workers' Memorial Day, observed each year on April 28, was established to recognize workers who died or were injured on the job. In 2006, 5,840 workers in the United States died from injuries sustained at work (1); an estimated 49,000 annual deaths have been attributed to work-related diseases (2). In 2006, an estimated 4.1 million private-sector workers had a nonfatal work-related injury or illness; approximately half of these workers required a job transfer, work restrictions, or time away from their jobs (3). An estimated 3.4 million workers were treated in emergency departments in 2004 because of occupational injuries, and approximately 80,000 were hospitalized (4). In 2005, workers' compensation costs for employers totaled an estimated $89 billion (5).

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  1. US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2006. Washington, DC: US Department of Labor; 2007. Available at
  2. Steenland K, Burnett C, Lalich N, Ward E, Hurrell J. Dying for work: the magnitude of U.S. mortality from selected causes of death associated with occupation. Am J Ind Med 2003;43:461--82.
  3. US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. Workplace injuries and illnesses in 2006. Washington, DC: US Department of Labor; 2007. Available at
  4. CDC. Nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses---United States, 2004. MMWR 2007;56:393--7.
  5. Sengupta I, Reno V, Burton JF Jr. Workers' compensation: benefits, coverage, and costs, 2005. Washington, DC: National Academy of Social Insurance; 2007. Available at

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Date last reviewed: 4/24/2008

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