The U.S. Department of Labor recently released a statement from Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez on fatal occupational injuries in 2014. The rate of fatal work injuries in 2014 was 3.3 per 100,000 full time workers, the same as the final rate for 2013.
The statement also included that the total of 4,679 fatal work injuries was an increase of 2 percent over the revised recount of 4,585 in 2013. There was also an increase in hours worked in 2014.
13 workers. That’s 13 workers who left for work this morning -- October 13, 2015. 13 families expecting to see their husband, wife, father, mother, son or daughter at the end of the day. 13 workers who won’t come home. Ever. Not just today, but every work day in the United States.
When people ask me why I do what I do, and why my company provides safety products and safety services... for me, the answer is simple. We do what we do to protect workers. It's all about keeping workers safe. And we’re dedicated to making sure every worker is protected and comes home safely at the end of the day.
Like Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), we do our best to educate employers and their workers about the best ways to be safe. We attempt to inspire positive change every day to build a culture of safety and keep workers safe with the proper training and personal protective equipment (PPE).
As Secretary of Labor Perez shared, “Far too many people are killed on the job – 13 workers are taken every day from their families tragically and unnecessarily. These numbers underscore the need for employers to provide a safe workplace for their employees as the law requires.”
Perez also added, “"BLS data shows fatalities rising in the construction sector (along with an overall increase in construction employment). Dangerous workplaces also are taking the lives of a growing number of people in oil and gas extraction. That is why OSHA continues extensive outreach and strong enforcement campaigns in these industries. The U.S. Department of Labor will continue to work with employers, workers, community organizations, unions and others to make sure that all workers can return home safely at the end of every day."
Arbill applauds OSHA for their extensive outreach and tireless strong enforcement of safety campaigns that raise awareness and help protect workers. It is important work.
Arbill understands the importance of protecting your workers. We are here to keep your employees safe and we provide a variety of PPE products to choose from to protect your workers against different hazards. Arbill also provides training, including online courses, on PPE. Our program addresses proper selection, hazards present, use and maintenance of PPE. We offer training on all PPE such as eye, face, foot, hand, and head protection.
13 deaths a day happen needlessly. As employers we need to do more to prevent this tragic loss. We realize that accidents will happen, but so much more can be done to prevent serious injuries that could lead to the death of our workers.
To learn more about eye protection or safety training, contact us at 800.523.5367 or visit Arbill at www.arbill.com.
Have a safe day!