Did You Know... - 03/21/2016
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Monday, March 21, 2016
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Did You Know...
It has been a while since I’ve done a “Did You Know” and I thought after looking at some of these numbers they might be worth sharing. So here goes.
Did you know:
- There were almost 3 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses reported by employers in 2014. That averages out to about 3.2 cases per 100 equivalent full time workers.
- 4679 workers lost their lives on the job in 2014. That works out to 12.8 workers per day every day of the year.
- 908 of the workplace fatalities in 2014 were construction related. That’s almost 2.5 workers per day.
- Since 1970, workplace fatality rates have been reduced by more than 66 percent. At the same time, U.S. employment has almost doubled. In 1970 there were about 38 worker deaths per day vs. approximately 13 in 2014.
- Since 1970, occupational injury and illness rates have declined by 67 percent. Worker injuries and illnesses are down from 10.9 incidents per 100 workers in 1972 to 3.2 per 100 in 2014.
Now before you go getting too excited about the reductions in accidents, illnesses and fatalities since the 70’s, keep in mind that almost 13 workers died every day in 2014 -never making their way home at the end of their work shift. That is still a lot of workers not going home to family and friends.
Also, there were about 8,219 nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses reported by employers every day in 2014.
A recordable injury or illness as defined by OSHA is one that leads to:
- ·Loss of consciousness
- ·Days away from work
- ·Restricted work activity or job transfer
- ·Medical treatment beyond first aid
Employers must also record work-related injury or illness that is diagnosed by a physician or other licensed health care professional, any work-related case involving cancer, chronic irreversible disease, a fractured or cracked bone, or a punctured eardrum.
I thought it would be a good idea to provide OSHA’s definition of a recordable injury so you understood we weren’t talking about a little first aid and a band aid for the nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses.
Of the 8,219 nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses per day, many I’m sure lead to hospital stays and maybe even prevented the worker from ever returning to their profession.
Although we’ve done a good job of reducing workplace accidents, illnesses and fatalities I hope everyone takes a good look at these numbers and does their part to lower that number to 0. We may never make it, but we sure can try.
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