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The economic cost of fatal occupational injuries in the United States, 1980-97.
Contemp Econ Policy 2004 Jul; 22(3):370-381
According to the National Traumatic Occupational Fatalities (NTOF) surveillance system, occupational injuries claimed the lives of over 100,000 American workers from 1980 to 1997. Previous estimates presented aggregate values of life, providing no information on the cost variations for different case or worker characteristics. This research developed an interactive computer program that estimates comprehensive national costs for all occupational fatal injuries reported through NTOF, nearly $85 billion for 1980-1997, and specific estimates for the burden on selected groups and characteristics of the fatality. These estimates provide an additional basis for targeting and evaluating the effectiveness of investments in prevention of occupational fatalities.
Occupational-hazards; Injuries; Traumatic-injuries; Surveillance-programs; Information-retrieval-systems; Mortality-data; Mortality-rates; Computer-models; Injury-prevention; Mathematical-models
E. A. Biddle, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Division of Safety Research, Mail Stop-1811, 1095 Willowdale Road, Morgantown, WV 26505
Issue of Publication
Research Tools and Approaches: Social and Economic Consequences
Contemporary Economic Policy
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division