2. Potentially Lethal Occupational Exposures

  1. Michael I. Greenberg MD, MPH, FAAEM, FACPM, FACOEM
  1. Christina Price MD1 and
  2. Dennis P. Price MD2

Published Online: 18 FEB 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444329629.ch2

Occupational Emergency Medicine

Occupational Emergency Medicine

How to Cite

Price, C. and Price, D. P. (2011) Potentially Lethal Occupational Exposures, in Occupational Emergency Medicine (ed M. I. Greenberg), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444329629.ch2

Editor Information

  1. Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Emergency Medicine, University of New Mexico, Santa Fe, NM, USA

  2. 2

    Department of Emergency Medicine, New York University, New York, NY, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 18 FEB 2011
  2. Published Print: 11 FEB 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405180719

Online ISBN: 9781444329629



  • workplace fatalities;
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration;
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health;
  • Centers for Disease Control;
  • Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries;
  • carbon monoxide;
  • hydrogen sulfide;
  • organophosphates;
  • volatile hydrocarbons


Every day in the United States workers die. Which workers die? How do workers die? Information that can answer these questions and save lives is compiled annually by all levels of government: local, state, and federal. This chapter explores workplace fatalities and their causes and potentially lethal occupational exposures. Among the many causes of workplace deaths, few exposures are potentially immediately lethal. Understanding these exposures and ways to prevent them can reduce workplace fatalities.