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Work-related deaths in Oklahoma, 1998-1999.
Oklahoma City, OK: Oklahoma State Department of Health, 2000 Sep; :1-6
Work-related injuries are a significant public health problem in the United States (U.S.). The social and economic consequences of work-related injuries and deaths are enormous. The costs include years of potential life lost, lost wages, medical expenses, insurance claims, production delays, and equipment damage. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is a federal agency for education and research relevant to safety and health in the workplace. NIOSH reports 17 workers die at work in the U.S. each day, and an average of 9,000 workers sustain disabling injuries. A NIOSH-funded study estimated that the annual direct and indirect economic burden of work-related injuries is $145 billion. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics also reported that in 1998 there were 6,026 work-related deaths (rate of 4.5 per 100,000 workers) across the nation. On July 1, 1997, fatal work-related injuries became a reportable condition in Oklahoma. The Injury Prevention Service (IPS) of the Oklahoma State Department of Health monitors work-related injury deaths in Oklahoma through the Fatality Assessment Control and Evaluation (OKFACE) project, which is funded by NIOSH. The OKFACE project conducts active statewide surveillance of work-related injury deaths, including public and private sectors. The goal of the OKFACE project is to determine the epidemiology of fatal work-related injuries and to identify and recommend prevention strategies. Data are collected from multiple sources including the Oklahoma State Department of Health Vital Statistics Division, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Public Employees Occupational Safety and Health Program, Workers' Compensation Court, and a newspaper clipping service. Hospital medical records and law enforcement reports are also used to provide supplemental information.
Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Safety-equipment; Safety-practices; Machine-operation; Age-factors; Epidemiology; Statistical-analysis; Sex-factors; Racial-factors; Motor-vehicles; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Farmers; Agricultural-workers; Agricultural-industry; Agriculture; Retail-workers; Electrical-workers; Electrical-industry
Injury Prevention Service, Oklahoma State Department of Health, 1000 NE 10th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73117
Work-related Deaths in Oklahoma, 1998-1999
Oklahoma State Department of Health
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division