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 2019, and the NSC’s analysis of the numbers indicates that workplace injuries are on the rise.
Medically consulted workplace injuries totaled 4.64 million in 2019, up from 4.6 million in 2018, and preventable injury-related deaths totaled 4,572 in 2019, a 2 percent increase from the previous year. Construction, transportation, and agriculture were the industry sectors with the largest numbers of preventable fatal injuries. Total work injury costs increased slightly from $170.8 billion in 2018 to $171 billion in 2019. These costs include wage and productivity losses, medical expenses, administrative expenses, motor-vehicle property damage, and employer costs.
As these numbers are from 2019, they do not reflect the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on workplace injuries and deaths. The NSC has made a wide variety of resources available for download at no charge addressing a number of workplace safety considerations.
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Make it a safe day!
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