In 2014, American workers in the private sector suffered close to 3 million work-related injuries and/or illnesses, according to a recently published report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). This represented only a slight drop from the number of nonfatal injuries workers sustained the previous year, dropping only about 0.1 percent, according to officials.
While even a small decrease in worker injuries on the national scale may be promising to many, regulators at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are not satisfied with these numbers. And they are now calling on U.S. employers, as well as workers, to take action to improve workplace safety and start bringing injury rates down faster and more substantially.
Speaking to OSHA’s concerns about the 2014 injury data, Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA, has noted that:
[The BLS] report shows that too many workers are still being injured or sickened on the job. Every year, millions of workers are injured at work and that is simply unacceptable. We must redouble our efforts to make sure that employers provide workers with the protections and training they deserve.
Workplace injuries and illnesses have a devastating effect on workers, their families, and the businesses where they occur. These injuries and illnesses contribute to the pressing issue of income inequality: they force working families out of the middle class and into poverty, and keep the families of lower-wage workers from entering the middle class and achieving the American Dream.
Everyone benefits when there are fewer injuries and illnesses. OSHA is committed to continue increased efforts to ensure every employer is fulfilling its responsibility to protect the safety and health of its workers.
Top 6 OSHA Violations in 2015: A Good Place for Employers to Start
While there may be various ways for employers to start taking action to minimize the risks of workplace accidents, injuries and illnesses, for many, some good focal points for their initial attention and efforts may be the following, which are the leading OSHA violations to date in 2015:
- Fall protections
- Hazard communications
- Scaffolding safety tissues
- Respiratory protections
- Logout/tagout procedures
- Powered industrial truck safety.
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