Update on May 12, 2013
Hi All just Thinking Happy Mothers Day To All Moms Everywhere
But on This day please take a moment to send a prayer to those who
suffer hardships and loss thru workplace injury's this is an especially
hard day for us all and I know this tearfully too well so take a moment
please . And yes I'm still looking for every single signature I can get .
Also I have always beleaved that knowledge is power and will take this
moment to consider these stats Am J Ind Med. 2005 Dec;48(6):470-81. The global burden due to occupational injury. Concha-Barrientos M, Nelson DI, Fingerhut M, Driscoll T, Leigh J. Source Asociación Chilena de Seguridad, Av. Vicuña Mackenna, Santiago, Chile. [email protected] Abstract BACKGROUND:
Occupational injuries are a public health problem, estimated to kill
more than 300,000 workers worldwide every year and to cause many more
cases of disability. We estimate the global burden of fatal and
non-fatal unintentional occupational injuries for the year 2000. METHODS:
The economically active population (EAP) of about 2.9 billion workers
was used as a surrogate of the population at risk for occupational
injuries. Occupational unintentional injury fatality rates for insured
workers, by country, were used to estimate WHO regional rates. These
were applied to regional EAP to estimate the number of deaths. In
addition to mortality, the disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) lost,
which measure both morbidity and mortality, were calculated for 14 WHO
regions. RESULTS: Worldwide, hazardous conditions in the
workplace were responsible for a minimum of 312,000 fatal unintentional
occupational injuries. Together, fatal and non-fatal occupational
injuries resulted in about 10.5 million DALYs; that is, about 3.5 years
of healthy life are lost per 1,000 workers every year globally.
Occupational risk factors are responsible for 8.8% of the global burden
of mortality due to unintentional injuries and 8.1% of DALYs due to this
outcome. CONCLUSIONS: Occupational injuries constitute a
substantial global burden. However, our findings greatly underestimate
the impact of occupational risk factors leading to injuries in the
overall burden of disease. Our estimates could not include intentional
injuries at work, or commuting injuries, due to lack of global data.
Additional factors contributing to grave underestimation of occupational
injuries include limited insurance coverage of workers and substantial
under-reporting of fatal injuries in record-keeping systems globally.
About 113,000 deaths were probably missed in our analyses due to
under-reporting alone. It is clear that known prevention strategies need
to be implemented widely to diminish the avoidable burden of injuries
in the workplace.