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Workers' Memorial Day --- April 28, 2006

Workers' Memorial Day, April 28, was established to remember those workers who died or were injured on the job. On average, nearly 16 workers in the United States die each day from injuries sustained at work (1), and 134 die from work-related diseases (2). Daily, an estimated 11,700 private-sector workers have a nonfatal work-related injury or illness, and more than half will require job transfer, work restrictions, or time away from their jobs as a result (3). More than 9,000 workers are treated in emergency departments each day, and approximately 200 of these workers are hospitalized (4). In 2003, workers' compensation costs for employers totaled $81 billion (5).

Workers' Memorial Day also will commemorate the 35th anniversary of the creation of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration within the U.S. Department of Labor. Additional information about workplace safety and health is available at or telephone, 800-356-4674.


  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics. National census of fatal occupational injuries in 2004. Washington, DC: US Department of Labor; 2005. Available at
  2. Steenland K, Burnett C, Lalich N, Ward E, Hurrel J. Dying for work: the magnitude of US mortality from selected causes of death associated with occupation. Am J Ind Med 2003;43:461--82.
  3. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Workplace injuries and illnesses in 2004. Washington, DC: US Department of Labor; 2005. Available at
  4. CDC. Nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses treated in hospital emergency departments---United States, 2003. MMWR 2006;55:449--52.
  5. Sengupta I, Reno V, Burton JF Jr. Workers' compensation: benefits, coverage, and costs, 2003. Washington, DC: National Academy of Social Insurance; 2005. Available at

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Date last reviewed: 4/27/2006


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