Two-thirds of workplace deaths in the United States are linked to the workplace, according to a report released Thursday.
The report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the number of deaths due to workplace injuries and illnesses has increased by more than 20 percent since 1999.
It cited data from the U and CFSF.
The number of fatalities from workplace-related injuries and illness increased from 10,849 in 1999 to 17,845 in 2017.
That represents a 1,000 percent increase in the last decade, the report said.
The most common cause of workplace fatalities is being struck by a car, followed by falls, accidents and workplace-associated illnesses.
It said more than 4 million workers in the U-20, U-30, and U-35 cohort had workplace- related illnesses in 2017, an increase of 7.4 percent from the previous year.
More than 5.4 million people were injured in workplace-attributable illnesses in the previous decade, an increased of more than 40 percent from 1999.
The number of people injured at work each year has risen from 9.6 million in 1999, when the U2 star was seriously injured in a fall, to 17.1 million in 2017.
“More than half of workers were killed or seriously injured during the previous two decades, and nearly a quarter of the fatalities in the workplace are attributed to these injuries,” the CDC report said, noting that more than half the deaths are in the 25- to 54-year-old age group.
The study found that workers were more likely to die from workplace related injuries in states where the workplace is older and in industries with more work-related illnesses.
In states with more older workers and workers with more workplace-specific illnesses, nearly two-thirds (62 percent) of the deaths were linked to workplace-based illnesses.
Workplace-related deaths have been a problem for many U. S. cities, according a study published last year in the American Journal of Public Health.
Researchers found that the number and type of workplace-induced illnesses rose in areas with larger older population, including New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Dallas, while other states with larger younger populations and workers had smaller increases.
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