Workplace Deaths Are the Highest in 7 Years

On April of this year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics finalized data on 2014 worker fatalities and the report wasn’t good. The U.S. workplace fatality rate has risen for the first time Two dockers in discussion, in front of a large industrial harborsince 2010, and the total number of on-the-job deaths was the highest since 2008.

According to the 2014 report the number of fatal occupational injuries was 4,821 died on the job. Here’s more detail about the fatalities:

  • 4,454 were men and 367 were women
  • Most were between the ages of 45 and 64
  • Among industries most affected were construction (899 deaths), transportation and warehousing (766), agriculture (584), government (435), professional and business services (425) and manufacturing (349)

Most of them – 1,984 – died in transportation incidents, followed by:

  • Slips, trips and falls: 818
  • Injuries by people or animals: 765 (409 of these were homicides)
  • Contact with objects and equipment: 715
  • Exposure to harmful substances or environments: 390
  • Other events or exposures: 149

JSE InfographicNearly 13,000 American workers are injured each day. These numbers are staggering, and the worst part is that each one is 100% preventable. Taking preventative action can spare workers needless pain and suffering.

Implementing safety measures can change these statistics. Every worker deserves to make it safety home from work – every day. For more than 100 years, the National Safety Council has been a leader in workplace safety. No matter what size your company or industry, employers who show they care about the safety of their employees see improved morale, increased productivity, lower costs and, most importantly, fewer injuries. Safety training builds skills to save lives. Here are some types of training your employees could benefit from:

  • Workplace Training
  • First Aid Training
  • Defensive Driver Training

If you are interested in checking out Safety Training in these areas above, click here.

And if you have a non-life threatening injury and you want to see a doctor faster than an ER visit check out Compass Urgent Care.
 

 

 

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