Labor Day Fast Five Quiz: Can You Help Curb the Cost of Occupational Illness and Injury?

Andrea B. Lese, MD


August 25, 2014

When Labor Day was first recognized in the United States in 1887, worker injuries often involved maimings and fatalities from industrial accidents. Although the types of workplace injuries and accidents have changed since then, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that in 2012 alone, more than 4000 American workers died from job-related illnesses and injuries, and 3.8 million workers experienced a nonfatal occupational injury or illness. The projected annual medical cost of these workplace deaths, injuries, and illnesses tops $192 billion. Can you prevent and treat the most common workplace-related illnesses and injuries?


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