Recent studies have concluded that workplace fatality rates have increased in the last few years. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently reported troubling news in regard to workplace safety from a 2016 study. In this two-part article, we will first cover some of the troubling most recent statistics pertaining to workplace injuries resulting in death. In the second section, we will focus on two rapidly growing types of fatalities that are occurring at the workplace.
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Death Rate Increases in 2016
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BSL), fatal occupational injuries increased significantly in 2016. There were over 5,000 workers that deceased in workplace-related injuries over the course of the calendar year. Perhaps more troubling, this was a 7 percent increase from the previous year and the highest rate of fatalities at the workplace since 2008.
The Most Common Fatal Events
Transportation incidents remained the primary cause of work-related deaths in 2016 resulting in over 2,000 cases and over 40 percent of the total number of fatalities. Workplace slips, trips, and falls continued to increase in 2016 accounting for approximately 849 cases. This was an increase of 6 percent in the last year and 25 percent since 2011.
As construction industry professionals, it is important that we provide our employees with the safest work environment possible.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.