Thursday, October 06, 2005

Report: 96,282 Died in United States from Workplace Diseases in 2001

Accidents are not the only workplace hazard - disease is another factor ...

"For every U.S. worker killed at work by an injury, more than 10 die from work-related diseases, according to the most recent estimate by the International Labor Organization (ILO).

"One of the biggest challenges we face is the relative under-emphasis of occupational health in relation to safety," asserted Jukka Takala in an interview to discuss the results of the ILO's report on global workplace injuries and illnesses. Takala is the director of ILO's SafeWork program and played an important part in putting together the data.

Every 3 years, ILO issues a report on global occupational injuries and illnesses. The most recent figures, released at last month's World Congress of Safety in Orlando Fla., go through the year 2001.

The ILO figures for the annual death toll of work-related illnesses are roughly double estimates by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), according to Takala. The ILO estimates that in 2001, 6,643 U.S. workers died in fatal accidents, 728 more than the official BLS number."   continued ...   (Via Occupational Hazards)

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