With the start of a new year, we often look back at studies that were recently completed. As covered in the first section of this two-part article, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BSL), in 2016, workplaces saw an increase in fatal occupational injuries. Unfortunately, the construction industry experiences the highest rates of injuries and fatalities on the job of any private sector industry. It’s safe to assume that this recent report affects the construction industry as well. As we will cover in the second section, two types of fatalities rapidly grew in 2016 to extremely concerning levels.
OSHA Budget Expected to Increase
Because of this troubling trend of more workplace deaths in 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is committed to reducing the number of injuries and fatalities that occur in the workplace. In 2018, OSHA’s budget is projected to increase to its highest total to date and there will likely be more OSHA inspections than ever before. As contractors, it’s important to be prepared or else you may experience steep financial penalties for workplace violations. If you are a contractor or industry professional that has recently failed an inspection conducted by OSHA, please contact one of our OSHA defense lawyers today.
Workplace Violence and Drug Abuse Deaths
Two of the most rapidly emerging issues in regard to fatal occupational injuries involve workplace violence and drug abuse. Surprisingly, workplace violence incidents experienced an increase of 23 percent in 2016 and emerged as the second most common cause of workplace death. Perhaps even more alarming, workplace overdose deaths from non-prescribed drugs and alcohol increased by 32 percent in 2016 and have experienced at least 25 percent annual growth every calendar year since 2012.
Although many of the BSL’s statistics are not exclusive to construction workplaces, it’s important to analyze the current trends and find solutions to troubling issues pertaining to health and safety in workplaces. As OSHA defense lawyers, we are here to answer any legal questions you may have.
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.