In an effort to keep America’s workforce safe, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has increased the number of workplace inspections and compliance assistance. In 2019, the agency has performed more inspections than the previous three years, bringing the yearly total to 33,401. The inspections performed found violations related to multiple areas, including chemical exposure, trenching, silica, falls, and other hazards.
Through its safety training programs, a record 1,392,611 workers were educated on proper safety measures and health requirements. The goal is to help employers, especially small businesses, ensure a safe working environment for their employees.
The most recent workplace death statistics reported were for 2017. These statistics showed that the leading cause of workplace deaths were motor vehicle accidents, or transportation incidents. They accounted for approximately 40% of all workplace deaths for the year. Other causes were falls, slips, or trips at 17%, violence by people or animals at 16%, contact with hazardous objects or equipment at 14%, exposure to harmful or deadly environments or substances, such as chemicals, at 10%, and fire or explosion at 2%.
Workplace accidents can happen at any time, on any job. Any worker who has been injured on the job, or any family who has lost a loved one in a workplace accident, could benefit from consulting with an attorney. Compensation may be available by way of a wrongful death claim. No worker, or surviving family of a deceased worker, should suffer due to the negligence or recklessness of an employer. An attorney can help in injured and their families understand their options.