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TRAUMATIC OCCUPATIONAL INJURIES

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Fatality Investigation Reports

Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) Reports
NIOSH and State-based investigation reports of fatal occupational injuries.

Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Reports
Independent investigation reports of fire fighter line of duty deaths.

National Occupational Injury Symposium (NOIRS)

2015 NOIRS LogoThe National Occupational Injury Research Symposium (NOIRS) provides a forum for researchers to share their findings related to traumatic occupational injuries. The sixth National Occupational Injury Research Symposium will be held May 19-21, 2015 at the Camp Dawson Training Center in Kingwood, West Virginia. More information will be posted soon. NIOSH, in partnership with the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety and the National Safety Council, hosted NOIRS 2011 on October 18-20, 2011.

In 2010, there were an estimated 139,064,000 civilian workers in the U.S. private and public sector employed labor force, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Current Population Survey . Each day, many of these workers suffer injury, disability, and death from workplace incidents. In 2012, more than 4,383 U.S. workers died  from occupational injuries. Although difficult to enumerate, annually about 49,000 deaths are attributed to work-related illnesses. In 2012, an estimated 3.8 million workers in private industry and state and local government had a nonfatal  occupational injury or illness. In 2011 an estimated 2.9 million workers were treated in emergency departments for occupational injuries and illnesses, and approximately 150,000 of these workers were hospitalized (NIOSH, unpublished data, 2013).
Each year occupational injuries and illnesses cause employers, workers, and society to pay tremendous costs for workers’ compensation and other insurance, medical expenses, lost wages and productivity, and the personal and societal costs associated with day to day living for injured and ill workers.¬† A recent economic analysis suggested that traumatic occupational deaths and injuries cost the nation $192 billion annually, including direct medical costs and indirect costs such as lost wages and productivity (Leigh JP [2011]. Economic Burden of Occupational Injury and Illness in the United States. Millbank Quarterly 89(4):728-772.).

For more details, see Fatal Occupational Injuries and Nonfatal Occupational Injuries and Illnesses or the Bureau of Labor Statistics occupational injury, illness, and fatality data. For more information on occupational illness-related deaths see 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.

 

 
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