Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses are Costly but Preventable

The California Department of Public Health’s Occupational Health Branch recently released a report with occupational health indicators for 2008-2013. Important findings about California workers:

  • In 2013, 396 workers died from injuries sustained on the job, and Hispanics accounted for 49% of the deaths.
  • Each year more than 100,000 workers lose work time from job injuries and about 20,000 are hospitalized.
  • Over 1.7 million workers are employed in high-risk occupations where the rate of work-related injuries is more than twice the overall rate for US industries.

The Occupational Health Branch tracks these data to highlight costly and preventable hazards. Share the report with your networks to join our effort of making the workplace a safer and healthier place for all Californians: http://bit.ly/OHWIndicators.

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