AFL-CIO Publishes Safety Report

The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) has published the 25th edition of “Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect,” a report on the state of safety and health protections for America’s workers.

The report notes the number of fatalities and injuries per industry, state, and other relevant categories for 2014.

Highlights include:

  • About 50,000 workers died because of occupational diseases.
  • Wyoming has the highest rate of worker fatalities at 13.1 per 100,000 workers, followed by North Dakota, Alaska, South Dakota, and Mississippi.
  • The industry with one of the highest injury rates is oil and gas. The figure, 15.6 for every 100,000 workers, is about five times the national average.
  • Workplace violence claimed the lives of 765 workers; 409 were homicides.
  • Injuries and illnesses cost businesses between $250 billion and $370 billion every year.

The report also notes the limitations of OSHA to enforce laws.

Download the full report in PDF..

BLS Releases Final 2014 Safety Stats; Fatality Count at 4,821

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has published the final Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) last month, with workplace deaths totaling 4,821 for the year. The highest since 2008, this yearly total amounts to 3.4 injuries for every 100,000 full-time employees. The figures represent updates to the preliminary data, which was released in September 2015.

There were 899 deaths in the private construction industry, 25 higher than preliminary data. Also seeing increases from the original data numbers are the number of fatal injuries at work among Hispanics or Latinos (804), and those in private mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (183).

Other updates pertained to fatality rates in the following categories, which were higher than those reported in preliminary data:

  • Work injuries among employees aged 55 and up (increased to 1,691 from 1,621)
  • Road-related injuries (increased to 1,157 from 1,075)
  • Fatal falls, slips, trips (increased to 818 from 793)

The CFOI has been compiled since 1992. Preliminary data for 2015 is scheduled to be released on December 16, 2016.

For more information, read the BLS summary and press release.

About Half of U.S. Workers Don’t Take Part in Wellness Programs

Nearly 50 percent of the U.S. workforce “does not budge, despite employers investing millions of dollars to promote employee health,” according to a telephone survey commissioned by Flex + Strategy Group/Work + Life Fit.

The findings are based on a survey of 617 full-time adult employees.

  • Among workers who do not participate in workplace wellness initiatives, teleworkers are more likely to join wellness initiatives outside of work than office-based individuals.
  • Employees 30 years old and up are more likely to join a wellness program, either at work or on their own, than Generation Y counterparts.
  • Twenty percent of the employees admitted they did not join a workplace wellness program, even if it was available.
  • Twenty-five percent of the employees said that their employers did not have a workplace wellness program.

One of the more significant findings of the survey is that participation in wellness programs rises with training and guidance on how to manage work-life flexibility.

Read the press release or download the infographic.

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Survey: Less than 20 Percent of ‘Outdoor Employees’ Always Use Sunscreen at Work

Eighteen percent, that’s how many employees in the U.S. who spend half of their working hours outdoors always use sunscreen, according to a survey commissioned by Deb Group, a skin-care company.

A Deb Group press release also revealed that 71 percent of outdoor workers say their employers don’t provide sunscreen to them for use at work. Only 59 percent of workers always or sometimes bring their own sunscreen to work.

The low rate of consistent use is alarming, considering that over 8,500 people in the United States are diagnosed with skin cancer every day, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.

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