How Many People are Injured and Killed at Work?

How Many People are Injured and Killed at Work?

How Many People are Injured and Killed at Work

How many people die and are injured at the workplace and are these figures on the increase or the decrease? Who is in control and are they doing a good job?

Who Is in Control of Workplace Safety?

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is responsible for workplace safety. They have a budget of over $500 million a year that goes towards health and safety inspections, paying over 2,100 inspectors nationwide to keep all worksites and workers in check.

On the one hand, that’s a lot of money, but on the other hand it needs to cover 8 million worksites and over 130 million workers across the whole of the United States. It means that every single inspector is in charge of nearly 60,000 workers, which is a colossal job in anyone’s eyes and will no doubt lead to some oversights and issues.

How Many Workers Die on the Job?

Most workplace deaths are the result of unavoidable accidents or human error on behalf of the employees and have nothing to do with worksites not being safe. In 2016, the total number of workplace deaths in the United States was 5,190, which was 7% more than the total umber of workplace deaths in 2015.

The accidents that proved to be the mot fatal were related to transport, accounting for nearly 40% of the total. This includes trucks, loaders and anything else used to transport goods short or long distances.

The second most common cause of workplace injury was injury by other people or by animals, while the rest of the numbers were made up by fires, explosions and harmful substances. In fact, the total number of deaths that resulted from fire or explosions dropped considerably from the previous year, suggesting that either luck was playing a large role or that workplaces were becoming safer.

However, the number of deaths from harmful substances had increased, which could be the result of unsafe methods, improper training, or the introduction of more dangerous substances into certain workplaces.

It’s fair to assume that while a lot of the workplace deaths that occur in the United States are the result of great misfortune, a signifiant number are the result of grave mistakes by the injured party or by their colleagues, either because they were not trained properly in the handling of certain goods or vehicles, because they are too tired, or simply because they were doing something they shouldn’t have been doing.

These are the things that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is trying to reduce and to a extent their efforts are working, because while 5,190 seems like a huge figure, it begins to look decidedly smaller when you realize that the extent of workplaces and employees that deal with heavy machinery and dangerous chemicals in US workplaces, as well as the fact that many Americans are being forced to, or forcing themselves, to work long hours and even to work while ill, hungover, or otherwise not at their best.

How Many People are Injured at Work?

The total number of people suffering an injury at work is in the millions, but it is improving. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, there are 2.9 reports of injury for every 100 workers.

This may still seem high, but you have to consider that this includes all workplaces and all injuries. What’s more, when you go back several decades there is a significant improvement. In 1972 the total number of workplace injuries was 10.9 per 100 workers, which means massive improvements have been made across all workplaces.

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