As the leading supplier of safety training, programs and Personal Protective Equipment, Arbill Safety Experts are often asked about fatal injuries in the workplace. Maybe it is a morbid curiosity or perhaps people just want to be reminded that the absolute worst can and does happen on the job.
Of course, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) reports on injuries, fatalities, illnesses and more throughout the year, so this information is available and should be shared.
The take away from the information provided below is that each stat is not simply a number. Instead these are real people (and their families) being impacted by workplace fatalities and injuries. If you are thinking these types of incidents will never happen at your facility, here is a sobering thought – that is likely the same thought process that management had where these injuries and fatalities took place.
With that dose of reality fresh in your mind, as you read through these stats, ask yourself if you are doing everything you can to keep your employees safe.
- A total of 4,679 fatal workplace injuries were recorded in the United States in 2014, as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On average, that’s about 90 deaths a week and 13 deaths per day, every day, in America.
- Key preliminary findings of the 2014 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries were shared by the Department of Labor in September 2015. They include:
- The number of fatal work injuries in private goods-producing industries in 2014 was 9 percent higher than the 2013 revised count. Fatal injuries were higher in mining (up 17%), agriculture (up 14%), manufacturing (up 9%), and construction (up 6%). Fatal work injuries for government workers were lower (down 12%).
- Falls, slips, and trips increased 10% in 2014.
- Fatal work injuries to workers 55 years of age and older increased by 9%. Workers 55 and older are at the highest total ever.
- Fatal work injuries among self-employed workers increased 10% in 2014.
- Women incurred 13% more fatal work injuries in 2014.
- Fatal work injuries among Hispanic and Latino workers were lower in 2014, while fatal injuries among non-Hispanic white, black or African-American, and Asian workers were all higher.
- The number of fatal work injuries among police officers and police supervisors rose 17%.
- Fatal injuries to self-employed workers rose 10% in 2014, where fatal workers among wage and salary workers remained about the same.
- Transportation and material moving occupations accounted for the largest share (28%) of fatal occupational injuries of any occupation group. Fatal work injuries in this group rose 3% -- the highest total since 2008. Drivers/sales workers and truck drivers accounted for nearly 2 out of every 3 fatal injuries in this group.
- Fatal work injuries construction and extraction occupations increased 5% in2014, also the highest total since 2008.
- Construction’s “Fatal Four” includes Falls (39.9%), Electrocutions (8.5%), Stuck by Object (8.4%), and Caught-in/between (1.4%).Eliminating the Fatal Four would save 508 workers’ lives in America every year.
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When it comes to bringing workers home safe, training, diligence and proper safety equipment is not always enough. It takes commitment to learning and education to take workplace safety to the next level.
Arbill offers a wide range of resources. Through our EH&S service offering, Arbill helps you create a culture of safety. The information shared by Arbill’s EH&S professionals through consulting and education services creates an in-depth understanding and a heightened sense of awareness that translates into best practices, fewer accidents and higher safety accountability.
Accidents do happen, even with the best training, but employers can significantly lower the probability of injuries and potentially fatal injuries with training, proper PPE and developing a culture of safety in the workplace.
If you would like to speak with an Arbill Safety Expert, we can be reached at 800-523-5367.
Have a safe day!