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U.S. Economic Burden of Worker Injuries and Illnesses
In 2013, employers reported nearly 4 million new nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses and 4,405 deaths from work-related injuries. Beyond economic costs and reputational damage to employers, work-related injuries, illnesses and deaths cause immeasurable pain, suffering and additional economic consequences to workers, families and communities.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of work-related fatalities among young people in the United States ages 16 to 24.
In the construction industry, falls are the top cause of fatalities and account for one-third of on-the-job injury deaths.
Workers with access to paid sick leave are 28% less likely to suffer nonfatal occupational injuries than workers without access to paid sick leave.