The nation's investment in occupational safety and health research: research priorities through partnerships.
NIOSH 2007 Feb; :1-6
Everyday, over 150 million Americans go to work expecting to be able to return home healthy and safe. However, the numbers show that for many this is not the case. Approximately 9,000 workers are injured at work every day. On average, 16 workers a day will be victims of a fatal workplace injury. Another 137 workers and retirees die each day from diseases they developed due to their current or former jobs. Employers spent an estimated $50.8 billion in 2003 on wage payments and medical care for workers hurt on the job. The economic impact of work-related illnesses and injuries has been estimated at $171 billion annually, the same as cancer or cardiovascular disease and much greater than the burden from HIV/AIDS or Alzheimer's. These injuries, illnesses and fatalities take a significant economic and emotional toll on the worker, their family and friends, and employers. The statistics on acute and long-term effects translate into tremendous economic costs and societal burdens. Data shows that when interventions are based on sound occupational safety and health research, injuries and illnesses can be significantly reduced.
Occupational-health-programs; Occupational-safety-programs; Worker-health; Injury-prevention; Disease-prevention; Sociological-factors; Work-practices
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