Workers’ Memorial Day — April 28, 2016
Weekly / April 22, 2016 / 65(15);389
Workers’ Memorial Day, observed annually on April 28, recognizes workers who suffered or died because of exposures to hazards at work. In 2014, 4,679 U.S. workers died from work-related injuries (1). Although deaths from work-related injuries are captured by surveillance systems, most deaths from work-related illness are not. In 2007, an estimated 53,445 deaths from work-related illness occurred (2). In 2014, employers reported approximately 3 million nonfatal injuries and illnesses to private industry workers and 722,000 to state and local government workers (3); an estimated 2.7 million work-related injuries were treated in emergency departments, resulting in 113,000 hospitalizations (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (CDC-NIOSH), unpublished data, 2016)*
Occupational injuries and illnesses also have economic costs. The societal cost of work-related fatalities, injuries, and illnesses was estimated at $250 billion in 2007 on the basis of methods that focus on medical costs and productivity losses (2).
New estimates of worker hearing impairment from the CDC-NIOSH Occupational Hearing Loss Surveillance program are reported in this issue of MMWR. The audiometric data analyzed in this report represent one example of existing health data that CDC-NIOSH uses for occupational health surveillance.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics. National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2014 preliminary results [Table 2]. Washington, DC: US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics; 2015. http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/cfoi.pdfpdf iconexternal icon
- Leigh JP. Economic burden of occupational injury and illness in the United States. Milbank Q 2011;89:728–72. CrossRefexternal icon PubMedexternal icon
- Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employer-reported workplace injuries and illnesses in 2014 [Table 2]. Washington, DC: US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics; 2015. http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/osh.pdfpdf iconexternal icon
Suggested citation for this article: Workers’ Memorial Day — April 28, 2016. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2016;65:389. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6515a1external icon.
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