According to the Department of Labor, there were over 1260 work related deaths in the United States in 2015. This number has gone down in the past decades, but overall it still averages out to over 25 work related deaths per state each year. In addition, the OSHA only accounts for fatalities that have been documented by employers within 8 hours of the incident, meaning there could be many more fatalities we don’t know of.
This shocking statistic is something people around the country have tried to fix time and time again, yet the number is still substantially larger than we would like it to be. We’re here today to discuss the historic trends of work related accidents in the United States, and quick tips on how to prevent them in the future.
First, let’s take a quick look at the numbers in the last 3 years:
- 1260 work-related fatalities recorded in 2015
- 1351 work-related fatalities recorded in 2014
- 1125 work related-fatalities recorded in 2013
The number of fatalities has dropped in the past year, but the number continuously fluctuates. Typically, all the work-related accidents are in the fields of physical labor. Most fatalities happen in construction sites, or in a profession that requires risks, or large machinery to finish the job. It’s important employers, and employees understand the major cause of work related injuries.
Some ways work injuries often occur are because of things such as overexertion, slip and falls, getting struck by an object, highway accidents, workplace violence, and much much more.
According to the OSHA, the 10 most violated citations in the working world have all been issues that could potentially lead to workplace injuries. We’ve listed them below:
- Fall Protection
- Hazard Communication
- Respiratory Protection
- Powered Industrial Trucks
- Electrical, Wiring Methods
- Machine Guarding
- Electrical, General Requirements
This subject is a big area of importance throughout GOWBS, as we are doing everything in our power to control the number of fatalities per year. Here are some very useful tips that’ll help prevent injuries in the workplace in the future:
Eliminate slip and fall opportunities – Making sure that every morning there is someone monitoring the workplace environment, and ridding any opportunities to cause work injuries would be best practice for any business.
Control dust around the workplace – little do you know inhaling chemicals or dust often causes workers to become extremely sick over a long period of time, ensuring cleanliness in your workplace environment should be essentially, it’s important to protect your lungs.
Eliminate fire hazards – Accidents happen, but there is no excuse to leave any potential fire hazards loose. A fire in the workplace can do more than just injure one person, it could leave a unwanted lasting effect on your entire company.
Prevent falling objects – When you have inventory, or a environment where things have the potential to fall, it’s important to secure them safely to prevent any falling objects that could seriously injure an employee.
Clear clutter/unworkable spaces – No one likes to be in a space where it’s hard to move, find things, or focus in. Making sure your environment is tidy can prevent any slip and falls, and more.
Continuously get safety inspections – It’s a hassle to do this, but it can only pay off in the long run. Ensuring a professional is inspecting your workplace will protect you, and your business in the long run.
Create written rules to protect workers – Not everything is preventable, make sure your workers know that. Create a worksheet with the hazards of the workplace, and messages of caution.
Let’s take a stand against work related injuries by spreading this information with business owners, and workers alike to ensure their safety. Please share this information with workers you know who’ve been affected by workplace injuries, or could be affected by them in the future.
Our Mission is to save lives by making our roads & workplaces safer. We work with advocates & lawyers from around the country to do research, take action, and support changes that will make our communities safer. Contact GOBWS today.
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