Friday, September 1, 2006

Working safely

Labor Day celebrates the American worker, but each year, nearly 70,000 American workers die preventable deaths.

165 Americans die each day from occuational diseases

18 American die each day from work-related injuries

4.3 million nonfatal injuries and illnesses were reported in private industry in 2004

249,000 newly reported cases of occupational illnesses in 2004

1.3 million Americans annually recuperating from work-related illnesses or injuries

7 days average time away from work to recuperate

$170 billion is spent annually on costs associated with
occupational illnesses and injuries

$40 billion is paid annually by employers and insurers in worker's compensation benefits

Source: American Insutrial Hygiene Association

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