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National COSH Says More than 100K Workplace Deaths Can Be Prevented

Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Press Contacts:

Contact: Roger Kerson, 734.645.0535; [email protected]

Advisory for Wednesday, 4-27

1:00 pm ET Phone Presser on New Report:

“Preventable Deaths 2016”

RSVP for Call Info

National COSH Will Recognize First-Ever “Outstanding Health and Safety Stories, 2016”

Workplace Fatalities Are Increasing- and a Leading Cause of Death is Also Most-Violated OSHA Standard

SAN DIEGO, CA– The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health, one of the nation’s leading workplace safety organizations, will release “Preventable Deaths, 2016,” a report outlining the more than 100,000 annual deaths due to acute workplace trauma and long-term exposure to on-the-job hazards.

This year, the organization will also recognize “Outstanding Health and Safety Stories, 2016,” including film, print, broadcast and Internet stories which highlight occupational hazards and workplace fatalities.

Reporters can RSVP to [email protected] for call-in information.

Who: Jessica Martinez, Acting Executive Director, National COSH

Scott Hall, Senior Counsel, occupational disease and toxic exposure, Motley Rice LLC

Mary Jo Hoyt, sister of Jamie Hoyt, a temp worker killed on the job in New Jersey

Roger Kerson, communications consultant, National COSH

What: Telephone media briefing on “Preventable Deaths 2016,” new report on workplace fatalities and how to prevent them, including announcement of “Outstanding Health and Safety Stories, 2016”

When: Wednesday, April 27rd, 1 pm (Eastern time)

Where: To receive call info, please RSVP to [email protected]

Key findings to be discussed during the “Preventable Deaths 2016” press call include:

  • Government data showing an increase in deaths from acute workplace trauma
  • Evidence that a leading cause of workplace death is also the most frequently-violated OSHA safety standard.
  • A new estimate of deaths from long-term occupational exposure, much higher than previous projections. Leading scholars and practitioners say these deaths can also be prevented by controlling and removing workplace hazards
  • Case reports presented from the National COSH Fatality Database
  • Announcement of “Outstanding Health and Safety Stories, 2016.”

“An increase in workplace deaths is a wake-up call for all of us,” said Jessica Martinez, acting executive director of National COSH. “All the evidence shows that we can save lives- by strong enforcement and worker-involved safety programs to prevent sudden deaths in the workplace, and by removing the long-term hazards that are slow, silent killers.”

“American workers are dying, but American journalism is not dead,” said Martinez. “We are proud to recognize this year, for the first time, the in-depth work of journalists and story-tellers who are revealing trends about how and why workers are getting sick and losing their lives. This is exactly the kind of information workers and activists need to make our workplaces safer.”

“Preventable Deaths 2016” is being released to mark Workers’ Memorial Week, a global event which commemorates workers who lost their lives on the job. In the United States, more than 80 local communities in 30 states will remember workers killed on the job. A listing of events is available on the National COSH website.

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National COSH links the efforts of local worker health and safety coalitions in communities across the United States, advocating for elimination of preventable hazards in the workplace. For more information, please visit Follow us at National Council for Occupational Safety and Health on Facebook, and @NationalCOSH on Twitter.