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Fatal work-related injuries - United States, 2005-2009.

Marsh SM; Chaumont Menendez C; Baron SL; Steege AL; Myers JR
MMWR Suppl 2013 Nov; 62(Suppl 3):41-45
In 2012, the U.S. civilian labor force comprised an estimated 155 million workers. Although employment can contribute positively to a worker's physical and psychological health, each year, many U.S. workers are fatally injured at work. In 2011, a total of 4,700 U.S. workers died from occupational injuries. Workplace deaths are estimated to cost the U.S. economy approximately $6 billion annually. Identifying disparities in work-related fatality rates can help public health authorities focus prevention efforts. Because work-related health disparities also are associated with social disadvantage, a comprehensive program to improve health equity should include improving workplace safety and health. This report and a similar study are part of the second CDC Health Disparities and Inequalities Report (CHDIR). The 2011 CHDIR was the first CDC report to assess disparities across a wide range of diseases, behavior risk factors, environmental exposures, social determinants, and health-care access. The topic presented in this report is based on criteria that are described in the 2013 CHDIR Introduction. This report provides information on disparities in work-related death and homicide rates across industry and occupation categories, a topic that was not discussed in the 2011 CHDIR. A separate report providing information on disparities in nonfatal work-related injuries and illnesses also is included in this second CHDIR. The purposes of this report are to discuss and raise awareness of differences in the characteristics of work-related fatal injuries and to prompt actions to reduce these disparities.
Worker-health; Mortality-data; Mortality-rates; Traumatic-injuries; Injuries; Accident-rates; Accidents; Accident-statistics; Statistical-analysis; Epidemiology; Age-factors; Demographic-characteristics; Surveillance-programs; Sociological-factors; Public-health; Injury-prevention; Disease-prevention; Work-practices; Safety-education; Behavior; Risk-factors; Employee-exposure; Environmental-exposure; Health-care; Health-services; Mental-health
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Public Safety; Transportation, Warehousing and Utilities
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Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report: Supplements
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division