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NSC Releases Annual Compilation of the Leading Causes of Preventable Death

Monday, May 15, 2017  
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By Facility Safety Management Magazine

The National Safety Council released the 2017 edition of Injury Facts – the annual publication for preventable deaths and injuries in the United States for nearly 100 years.

Preventable deaths – commonly known as "accidents" – have reached an all-time high, with 146,571 Americans dying in 2015 from causes such as drug overdoses, motor vehicle crashes, falls, choking and drowning.[i]

The number of people killed in preventable incidents trails only heart disease, cancer and chronic lower respiratory disease, and outpaces strokes, diabetes and Alzheimer's disease.

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