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June is Safety Month
On an average, 14 people are killed and more than 10,400 people are disabled each day at work. The workplace death toll is equivalent to a major airline disaster every two weeks. Yet even these staggering numbers are dwarfed by estimates that job-related diseases cause as many as 60,000 deaths a year, according to a study entitled Occupational Injury & Illnesses in the United States by J. Paul Leigh and colleagues, published in 1997, and sponsored by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the Economic Policy Institute.
The cost to the economy of job-related injuires alone was estimated at more than $122 billion in 1999. This amount exceeds the combined profits of the top 17 Fortune 500 companies in 1999.
During Workplace Safety Week, the National Safety Council urges all companies to review and update their occupational safety and health programs both on- and off-the-job and encourage employees to review their role in the safety and health of their company.
Approximately 200,000 workers under age 18 are injured each year; 70,000 suffer injuries severe enough to require emergency room treatment. We have a responsibility to protect the youngest in our workplace.