CHICAGO (Reuter) - Workplace injuries and diseases claimed
the lives of nearly 70,000 American workers in 1992, and the
costs from work-related health problems totaled more than $170
billion that year, according to a study.
In what researchers said was the first study of its kind to
compile the perils faced by U.S. workers, they said there were
6,529 job-related deaths due to injury in 1992 and roughly
60,300 deaths from illnesses contracted while working.
Of the fatal injuries, 40 percent were caused by
transportation accidents, 20 percent were caused by assaults and
violent acts, 10 percent were related to falls, 5 percent were
electrocutions, and 3 percent were traced to fires and
An additional 13.2 million job-related injuries were not
fatal, and there were an estimated 862,200 non-fatal illnesses.
"Some risk of injury or illness attends virtually every job
held by the 120 million Americans who work," study author and
economist Paul Leigh of San Jose State University and Stanford
University Medical Center wrote.
The study was published in the Archives of Internal
Medicine, a journal published by the American Medical
Association. The authors used 1992 as a base year, using
analyses of data from several government agencies and other
It estimated the total cost of occupational injuries and
illnesses at $171 billion -- which included medical expenses,
worker's compensation payments and the cost of disruption caused
by missed work. It did not include the cost of pain and
suffering, home care or other expenses.
In comparison, the 1992 costs from Alzheimer's disease were
estimated at $87 billion, AIDS at roughly $30 billion, and costs
from heart disease were put at about $164 billion.
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