Here's Something I Think You Will Want to See - 07/27/2020

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Monday, July 27, 2020


Here's Something I Think You Will Want to See

Have you ever thought where worker safety might be today if we weren’t always trying to improve it?

Take a trip back in time with me when workplace fatalities were just a bit higher than they are today.

Maybe that’s a bit of an understatement, but here’s something I think you will want to see.

One of the earliest systematic survey of workplace accidents took place in Allegheny County from July 1906 through June 1907.Keep in mind this is just one county in one state. The results of that survey showed there were 526 workplace fatalities and of the 526, 195 were steelworkers. Compare that to 1997 where there were 17 steelworker fatalities nationwide.

Let’s move ahead to 1913. During that year the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that, with a workforce of about 38 million, there were 23,000 industrial fatalities.That works out to around 442 per week.

Fifty-eight years later we are in the year 1970.This was the year before OSHA was established. Estimates showed that in 1970 there were around 14,000 workplace fatalities or around 269 a week. During that year there were 78.5 million full- or part-time employees.

Our next stop is in 2009 where the number of workplace fatalities had dropped to 4,340, with over 130 million workers. That works out to about 83 per week.

We’ll end today’s statistical report with 2018, where the number of reported workplace fatalities was 5,250.That works out to about 101 per week.Although the total number of fatalities was more than 2009, due to the increased employment rate, the fatal workplace injury rate averaged 3.5 per 100,000 full-time equivalent worker.

There is no question that we have come a long way with workplace safety since 1906, but we still have a way to go If we want to see those numbers continue to drop.

And, if we all do our part, today and in the weeks, months and years to come, together we can make sure everyone goes home at the end of each workday in the same condition they were in at the beginning of the workday.

For more information regarding some of the history of workplace injuries and fatalities, check these to links out.

CDC Workplace Fatality History

OSHA 40 Year History Timeline

BLS News Release

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