AFL-CIO Report Showcases the Need For More Safety in the Workplace.

AFL-CIO released its annual workplace fatalities and injuries report. It is based on 2015 data compiled by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics and Fiscal Year 2016 from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Some of the stats that were compiled were alarming.

  • 4,836 workers were killed on the job in the United States or 3.4 per 100,00 workers.

  • Over 50,000 workers died from occupational diseases.

  • There were 3.7 million reported work-related injuries or illnesses.

  • Overall, 150 workers die each day due to hazardous working conditions.

  • Deaths of Latino workers increased significantly, from 804 in 2014 to 903 in 2015 with immigrant workers accounting for 67% of that figure.

  • Workers 55 and older accounted for 35 percent of all fatalities, a total of 1,681 deaths.

  • Workers 65 and older had a fatality rate of 9.4 per 100,00

  • The highest rate of worker fatalities was in agriculture, fishing and forestry, with 570 deaths in 2015

  • In the mining industry 118 workers died in 2015. The fatality rate in the mining sector was three times the national average or 11.4 per 100,000 workers.

  • Violence in the workplace claimed the lives of 703 workers in 2015.

  • An additional 26,420 workplace injuries were reported due to violence.

  • The states with the highest rates of on-the-job fatalities were North Dakota and Wyoming, with 12.5 and 12 per 100,000 respectively.

No time is too long, and not amount of money is worth the price of a life. Make sure you do your part and make sure you are trained in all aspects of safety for your job. If there is a hazard that needs to be fixed or avoided, please let the proper person know so they can do what needs to be done.

Each of us plays a role in workplace safety.

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