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Friday, April 27, 2012

Fatal Occupational Injuries and Workers’ Memorial Day

In 2010, a total of 4,690 workers died from injuries they suffered at work. That works out to one U.S. worker dying every 2 hours from a work-related injury.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) program released its final data for the 2010 reference year on April 25, 2012—just 3 days before Workers’ Memorial Day. Recognized each year on April 28, Workers’ Memorial Day is a day to remember workers who were killed, injured, or made ill at work and to highlight the hazards in the workplace.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and other federal agencies use CFOI data to identify ways to prevent worker deaths and injuries.
This fact sheet provides an overview of fatal occupational injuries in the United States.  For more data on fatal occupational injuries from CFOI, see the CFOI homepage.  For information on nonfatal injuries and illnesses in the workplace, see the BLS Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities (IIF) page.

On Workers' Memorial Day, let us not forget the additional 50,000-60,000 lives lost from occupational diseases every year in our country.
Patrice Woeppel, Ed.D.