June is National Safety Month, and the National Safety Council (NSC) is marking the occasion by focusing on workplace safety education and awareness. The most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics is from 2018, and the NSC's analysis of the numbers indicates that workplace injuries are on the rise.
Medically consulted workplace injuries totaled 4.6 million in 2018, up from 4.5 million in 2017, and preventable injury-related deaths totaled 4,493 in 2018, a 2 percent increase from the previous year.
Construction, transportation, and warehousing were the industry sectors with the largest numbers of preventable fatal injuries. Total workplace injury costs increased from $161.5 billion in 2017 to $170.8 billion in 2018. These costs include wage and productivity losses, medical expenses, administrative expenses, motor-vehicle property damage, and employer costs.
As these numbers are from 2018, they do not reflect the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on workplace injuries and deaths. However, the NSC has made a wide variety of resources available for download at no charge addressing workplace safety and safe return-to-work considerations related to COVID-19.
Download safety information at no charge from the National Safety Council:
Guidance for Employers: COVID-19 and the Workplace
National Safety Month Resources
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