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Injury Prevention

Why Employers Care

In 2013, 4,585 employees in the U.S. died from workplace injuries.1 There were also 1,162,210 cases of injury or illness among U.S. employees in 2013 that involved at least one day away from work.2 These cases correspond to a median of 8 missed workdays per case. 2

The following pie graph displays the distribution of fatal occupational industries by event type:

What Can Employers Do?

Problems that can place employees in danger are cuts, broken bones, repetitive motions, or illnesses that are caused on the job. Instituting effective job safety programs can have a significant impact on worker safety and add value to the workplace by reducing worker injuries and corresponding missed workdays. The rise of workplace safety programs is correlated with a significant reduction in fatal workplace injuries over the last two decades. Between 1994 and 2013, there was a 31% decrease in fatal workplace injuries, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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References (show references)

1 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (2011 forward). Bureau of Labor Statistics. U.S. Department of Labor. http://www.bls.gov/data/. Accessed 8/24/2015

2 Nonfatal cases involving days away from work: selected characteristics (2011 forward). Bureau of Labor Statistics. U.S. Department of Labor. http://www.bls.gov/data/. Accessed 8/24/2015

Page last updated: August 27, 2015

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