While work is fundamental to well being, working conditions can also negatively affect health. Each year, thousands of people in Massachusetts are injured or become ill as a result of health and safety hazards in the workplace. This chapter provides an overview of work-related injuries, illnesses and deaths, with a special focuses on specific work sectors.

In this chapter

Fatal Injuries at Work - Nonfatal Injuries and Illnesses - Sharps Injuries Among Hospital Workers - Work-Related Lung Diseases - Work-Related Injuries to Teens - Occupational Health Disparities - Promoting and Protecting Employee Health - Policy Perspective: Public Policy and Demographic Change in Massachusetts by David Wegman, MD, MSC, Professor Emeritus, UMASS Lowell, Department of Work Environment and Marcy Goldstein-Gelb, MS, Executive Director, Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health

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This information is provided by the Department of Public Health.