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       Occupational Health and Safety 08/08/2014
 
Comparing fatal work injuries in the United States and the European Union
Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) have recently developed a study comparing fatal work injuries in the EU and the US in an attempt to provide better information about fatal workplace hazards.

This study uses workplace safety and health data for calendar year 2010 to compare fatal work injury counts and rates in the United States and the European Union. Fatal work injury data for U.S. workers come from the BLS Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) program, which provides an annual count of all fatal work injuries in the United States. Data for EU workers come from the European Statistics on Accidents at Work (ESAW) program and are mainly derived from administrative sources (apart from ESAW, data is provided through periodic Labour Force Survey ad hoc module on accidents at work and other work-related health problems).

Notable differences in the data include 19.3 % of cases occurring in the manufacturing industry in the European Union, compared with 14.9 % of cases in the United States, and 1.4 % of cases occurring in the “accommodation and food service activities” industry in the European Union, compared with 4.4 % of cases in the United States.

This comparison must be considered as a first step in an attempt to identify and understand differences between U.S. and EU fatal work injuries and to show that such a comparison is possible.

For further information please find the full article at: http://www.bls.gov/opub/mlr/2014/article/comparing-fatal-work-injuries-us-eu.htm

 

 
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