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Fatal Work Injuries Up in U.S.

Nearly 16 Fatal Work Injuries Per Day in 2005, Mainly in Highway Accidents

Medically Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD on April 05, 2007
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April 5, 2007 -- The U.S. had 5,702 fatal work injuries in 2005, a rate ofnearly 16 deaths per day, with highway accidents leading the way.

That's according to preliminary CDC data.

There were 527 more work deaths in 2005 than in 2004, notes the CDC.

For the 14th year in a row, highway accidents were the leading cause offatal work injuries in 2005.

Overall, transportation caused 43% of fatal work injuries in 2005. More thanhalf of those work-related transportation fatalities -- 58% -- occurred onhighways.

Contact with objects and equipment accounted for 18% of fatal work injuriesin 2005. That includes 604 workers who died after being struck by an object(11% of fatal work injuries in 2005).

Assaults and violent acts caused 14% of fatal work injuries in 2005.Homicide killed 564 workers in 2005. That's 10% of fatal workplace injuries in2005, notes the CDC.

Falls caused 13% of fatal work injuries in 2005, according to the CDC.

The CDC reports that "since 1992, the number of deaths resulting fromhighway incidents, falls, and being struck by an object has increased, and thenumber of homicides has decreased.

"Although substantial improvements have been made, preventable deathsfrom work-related injuries continue to occur at a rate of nearly 16 deaths perday," states the CDC. "These findings suggest that workers continue tobe at high risk for fatal highway-related incidents and falls."

The CDC calls for strategies to prevent workplace deaths. The findingsappear in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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SOURCES: CDC, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, April 6, 2007; vol 56: pp 297-301. News release, CDC.

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