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Apr 23, 2014 7:39 PM by Marissa Esquivel

Study: workplace deaths can be prevented

SAN DIEGO - More than 50,000 U.S. workers die each year due to work injuries and illnesses.

According to a report released by the National Council on Occupational Safety and Health Preventable Deaths 2014, many of the injuries and illnesses that are killing American workers can be prevented.

"No one should have to risk their life simply to earn a living," said Jessica Martinez, deputy director of National COSH, "We know the safety systems, equipment and training that can stop people from dying on the job, and it's absolutely urgent that we take action to protect workers and their families."

Tens of thousands of workers die each year from long-term occupational illnesses. One estimate puts the toll at 53,000 deaths annually, causing untold harm and suffering - and costing the U.S. economy $45.5 billion a year.

Preventable Deaths 2014 identifies approaches to prevention for each cause of occupational fatalities identified by the Bureau of Labor Statistics: transportation incidents, contacts with objects and equipment, falls to a lower level, workplace violence, exposure to harmful substances and environments, and fires and explosions.

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