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Industrial Safety and Health Technicians
There were 3.7 million cases of nonfatal work-related sickness or injury in the United States in 2008, a decline from the 4 million cases the previous year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Slightly more than one half of these cases were serious enough to cause at least one lost workday. Many cases involve far more time lost from work and sometimes even death. In 2008, 5,071 fatal work injuries occurred, a 10 percent decrease from 2007 work-related fatalities. It is the task of the industrial safety and health staff, including technicians, to prevent on-the-job accidents and illnesses.