Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the National Safety Council’s recent statement on the rise in fatal workplace injuries in 2019, 5,333 compared to 5,250 in 2018, as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics – the highest number of workplace deaths since 2007.
The NSC noted that the figures are even more alarming given that they represent pre-pandemic figures, and that 2020 data could be far bleaker given COVID-19’s impact on workplace safety. When it came to causes, falls, slips, and trips – a persistent killer in the workplace – increased 11% in 2019, and the NSC also pointed out increases in transportation incidents and unintentional overdoses, the latter of which have been growing steadily for seven straight years. Finally the NSC called on employers not to let their guard down on COVID-19 safety measures, and highlighted the many free resources it provides to improve workplace safety.
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