Workers' Compensation, Work injuries, Illnesses and on the Job Injuries and Death have become a Serious issue across the United States. This is very interesting and disturbing news for all employee's and employer's across the Nation. —
The 2015 AFL-CIO report titled, “Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect,” gives considerable details of the causes and incidents of occupational illness, injuries and deaths in the workplace. While many on-the-job incidents are reported, estimates indicate that up to 69 per cent of workplace injuries go unreported. Read more on the article report here: http://www.aflcio.org/Issues/Job-Safety/Death-on-the-Job-Report
According to the AFL-CIO, the lives of over 510,000 workers have been saved since the passage of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. The Act promises workers the right to a safe job. In spite of improvements in workplace safety and health conditions, “too many workers remain at serious risk of injury, illness or death.”
The AFL-CIO report indicates that 4,585 workers were killed on the job and an estimated 50,000 died from occupational diseases in the U.S. in the year 2013. Although statistics indicate that “Nearly 3.8 million work-related injuries and illnesses were reported,” the AFL-CIO says the true toll may be as much as double or triple that number.
Certain states and classes of workers dominate the top of the list of injuries and deaths associated with the workplace. For example, North Dakota had the highest rate of job-related fatalities for the third year in a row. North Dakota’s fatality rate of workers is over four times the national average. In the mining and oil and gas extraction industries, the rate of deaths jumps to nearly seven times the national fatality rate of 12.4 per 100,000 workers. Wyoming, West Virginia, Alaska and New Mexico round out the top 5 states with the highest workplace fatality rates. States with the lowest rate of job-related fatalities include Hawaii, Washington, Connecticut and Massachusetts.
While overall death rates on-the-job are somewhat lower than previous years, workplace death rates are not decreasing for some groups. Deaths for Latino workers actually increased in 2013, to 3.9 per 100,000 workers, up from 3.7 per 100,000 the previous year. Deaths among Latino workers employed in grounds maintenance, performing duties such as pruning and tree trimming doubled in just one year. Deaths for other races either declined or stayed the same for the same time period.
Workplace violence continues to be “the second leading cause of job fatalities in the United States (after transportation incidents),” according to the report. In 2013, 773 workers died and there were more than 26,500 lost time hours as a result of workplace violence incidents. Workplace violence is especially dangerous for women, who suffered 70 per cent of the lost-time workplace violence injuries.
The AFL-CIO points out that federal and state OSHA plans have a total of just 1,882 inspectors, 847 federal and 1,035 state inspectors. As stated in the report, “This means there are enough inspectors for federal OSHA to inspect workplaces once every 140 years, on average, and for state OSHA plans to inspect workplaces once every 91 years.” Additionally, only one federal OSHA inspector is provided for every 71,695 employees at the current levels.
OSHA Penalties have increased under the Obama administration, after what AFL-CIO calls eight years of neglect and inaction under the previous (Bush) administration. Still, even with increased penalties, the fines and other penalties for OSHA safety violations remain “dismal.”
The AFL-CIO stresses that much more work needs to be done to protect workers in the workplace from hazards, diseases, violence and other causes of workplace occupational illness, injury and death. Implementing new mandatory standards, providing greater oversight and comprehensive intervention are viewed as strengthening job safety laws. Protecting workers against retaliation for reporting unsafe workplace conditions needs to be strengthened and safety improvements made in industries with the greatest number of workplace disease, injury and death.
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