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25 Apr 2023

Rebecca L Reindel & MK Fletcher, AFL-CIO Safety and Health Department

Report - Death on the job: The Toll of Neglect


The High Toll of Job Injuries, Illnesses and Deaths In 2021:

  • 343 workers died each day from hazardous working conditions.
  • 5,190 workers were killed on the job in the United States.
  • An estimated 120,000 workers died from occupational diseases.
  • The job fatality rate increased to 3.6 per 100,000 workers.
  • Black workers died on the job at the highest rate in more than a decade.
  • Latino workers continue to be at greater risk of dying on the job than all workers.
  • Employers reported nearly 3.2 million work-related injuries and illnesses.
  • The true impact of COVID-19 infections due to workplace exposures is unknown. Limited data show that more than 1.5 million nursing home workers have been infected with COVID-19 and more than 3,000 have died.
  • Workplace violence, musculoskeletal disorders from repetitive motion injuries and occupational heat illness continue to be major problems, but data no longer is reported annually to track and understand these important issues.