Nonfatal Injuries In The Work Environment

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Prior to reading the text, I never considered the work environment to be such a serious public health problem. However, after this week’s assigned reading, I realize the magnitude of this issue. According to the World Health Organization, the context of people’s lives determines their health.1 On average, a person spends 90,000 hours at work over their lifetime and this exposes them to an array of potential nonfatal injuries as well as fatal ones.2 Unfortunately, occupational injuries and illness are overlooked as contributors to the national cost of all disease, injuries and deaths.3 In 2008 more than 5,000 workers died from occupational injuries in the U.S and another 3.5 million sustained nonfatal injuries that same year.4 The direct cost
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