U.S. Worker Safety Improves, Thanks To Labor Agency



Published on 01 January 2014


by Office of the Spokesperson

(WireNews+Co)

Washington, D.C.

U.S. Worker Safety Improves, Thanks To Labor Agency
U.S. Worker Safety Improves, Thanks To Labor Agency

Since 1970, the U.S. workforce has nearly doubled — with more than 130 million workers across more than 7 million job sites — but work-related deaths and injuries have been reduced thanks in large part to the efforts of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

OSHA, which is part of the U.S. Labor Department, was established 43 years ago, when President Richard Nixon signed the Occupational Safety and Health Act into law on December 29, 1970.

In a December 30 blog post celebrating the act's 43rd anniversary, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health David Michaels writes: “Although precise statistics were not kept at the time, it is estimated that around 14,000 workers were killed on the job in 1970, or 38 per day. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, that number fell to approximately 4,400 in 2012, or 12 deaths every day. The rate of serious workplace injuries and illnesses has also dropped markedly, from 11 per 100 workers in 1972 to 3.4 per 100 in 2012.”

Worker injuries and deaths can be devastating to workers and their families, Michaels says. They also cost American employers more than $50 billion a year.

Worker safety is a huge issue worldwide. According to the United Nations' International Labour Organization, a worker dies somewhere in the world from a work-related accident or disease every 15 seconds. Another 160 workers have a work-related accident in those 15 seconds.




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Posted 2014-01-01 12:53:00