Today's News

New study reveals economic cost of workplace deaths (1/25)

January 25, 2011
/ Print / Reprints /
ShareMore
/ Text Size+


Workplace fatalities cost the United States $53 billion dollars from 1992-2001, according to a study just released by the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

Based on statistics from a joint state-federal program that records and manages data on fatal occupational injuries, the study reveals the economic impact work-related loss of life in the U.S. It focused only on civilian workers.

The cost of worker fatalities is a “severe toll on our nation’s workers, institutions, communities and the nation itself,” said NIOSH Director Dr. John Howard, in a foreword.

In the decade covered by the study, 64,333 workers died from injuries sustained while working, with California taking the biggest economic hit ($5.4 billion) from that death toll, and Vermont the smallest ($95 million).

Transportation accidents accounted for the highest societal costs ($23 billion), followed by assaults and violent acts ($9.4 billion), and Contact with Objects and Equipment ($7.9 billion).

The majority (92%) of the occupational injury fatalities involved males, with total societal costs of $49 billion, while females reported costs of $4 billion. The age group with the largest share of occupational fatalities (25%) and the largest share of the total societal cost of occupational injury fatalities (32%) was the 35–44-year-old age group, closely followed by the 25–34-year-old age group (21%, 27%) and the 45–54 (21%, 22%) year-old age group.

While total societal costs began declining in 1997 for white workers, the study indicated that there was no comparable trend for minority workers.

The complete report is available at: www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2011-130/pdfs/afinal.pdf.

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to ISHN.

You must login or register in order to post a comment.

STAY CONNECTED

Facebook logo Twitter YouTubeLinkedIn

Multimedia

Videos

Image Galleries

ASSE's Safety 2013 Review

A photo gallery from the Las Vegas Convention Center, where ASSE’s annual professional development conference was held June 24 to 27. All photos courtesy of the American Society of Safety Engineers.

THE MAGAZINE

ISHN Magazine

ishn april 2014 issue cover

2014 April

In this month's issue of ISHN, check out features about safety in the oil and gas industry.

Table Of Contents Subscribe

THE ISHN STORE

M:\General Shared\__AEC Store Katie Z\AEC Store\Images\ISHN\safetyfourth.jpg
Safety Engineering, 4th Edition

A practical, solutions-driven reference, Safety Engineering, 4th edition, has been completely revised and updated to reflect many of today’s issues in safety.

More Products

For Distributors Only - January 2014

ISHN0114_FDO_cov.jpgFor Distributors Only is ISHN's niche brand standard-sized magazine supplement aimed at an audience of 2,000 U.S. distributors that sell safety products. Circulation only goes to distributors. CHECK OUT THEJANUAYR 2014 ISSUE OF FDO HERE

ishn infographics

2012 US workplace deathsCheck out ISHN's new Infographic page! Learn more about worker safety through these interactive images. CLICK HERE to view the page.