Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Fatal Injury Rates Climb after 20-Year Decline

Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Fatal Injury Rates Climb after 20-Year Decline

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While workplace fatality rates have decreased in recent years, a study released in December 2007 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that national injury death rates rose more than 5 percent from 1999 to 2004.

This increase follows a two-decade decline in mortality rates and indicates that fatal injuries are a risk not only in the workplace, but also during off-the-job hours.

The study, published last month in the CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, included total mortality rates for premature deaths caused by unintentional injury, suicide, homicide and injuries of undetermined intent.

"We're very concerned anytime we see an increase in premature deaths," said Ileana Arias, director of CDC's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. "We don't know if this is an indication of a trend, but it is something that needs to be further examined."

The largest increases in injury mortality rates appeared in the 20-29 and 45-54-year age groups. …

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