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Workers Memorial Day - April 28, 2012.
MMWR 2012 Apr; 61(16):281
Workers Memorial Day recognizes those workers who have died or sustained work-related injuries or illnesses. In 2010, a total of 4,547 U.S. workers died from occupational injuries (1), and each year, approximately 49,000 deaths are attributed to work-related illnesses (2). For 2010, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that approximately 3.1 million workers in private industry and 820,000 in state and local government had a nonfatal occupational injury or illness (3). In 2010, an estimated 2.7 million workers were treated in emergency departments for occupational injuries and illnesses, and approximately 110,000 were hospitalized (CDC, unpublished data, 2012). Economists are working to calculate the costs associated with occupational injuries and illnesses in the United States. Recent research estimates the cost of fatal injuries at $6 billion and the cost of fatal illnesses at $46 billion. Nonfatal injuries and illnesses are estimated to cost $186 billion and $12 billion annually (4). Additional information on workplace safety and health is available from CDC at https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/.
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Issue of Publication
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
Page last reviewed: March 11, 2019
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division