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Workers Memorial Day - April 28, 2010.
MMWR 2010 Apr; 59(15):449
Workers' Memorial Day recognizes those workers who died or sustained work-related injuries or illnesses during the previous year. In 2008, a total of 5,071 U.S. workers died from occupational injuries, and 49,000 deaths annually are attributed to work-related illnesses. In 2008, an estimated 3.7 million workers in private industry and 940,000 in state and local government had a nonfatal occupational injury or illness; 40%-50% of these workers were transferred, placed on work restrictions, or took time away from work. An estimated 3.4 million workers were treated in emergency departments for occupational injuries and illnesses in 2007, and approximately 94,000 were hospitalized (CDC, unpublished data, 2010). Work-related injuries and deaths are costly. Employers and insurers spent nearly $85 billion on workers' compensation in 2007. Those expenditures are only a portion of the costs borne by employers, workers, and society overall, including costs paid by other insurance systems and most of the costs of work-related illness. Additional information on workplace safety and health is available from CDC at <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/"target="_blank">https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/</a>.
Occupational-accidents; Occupational-diseases; Injuries; Mortality-data; Workers; Statistical-analysis; Lost-work-days; Disabled-workers; Occupational-health-programs; Occupational-safety-programs; Occupations; Disease-prevention; Diseases; Injury-prevention; Emergency-treatment; Health-care; Health-care-facilities; Worker-health; Morbidity-rates; Traumatic-injuries
Issue of Publication
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
Page last reviewed: November 6, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division