Dangerous Industries for Work Injuries

Representing Workers in the Most Dangerous Industries

According to a recent report on EKU Online compiled by Eastern Kentucky University Bachelor of Science in Occupational Safety program, over three million non-fatal injuries and illnesses, along with 4,405 fatal injuries, were reported by American workers in 2013. That is the equivalent of one reported accident or illness every 10 seconds in the United States. What’s even more surprising is that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that there are tens of thousands more injuries that went unreported.

These injuries and illnesses are costly. Over 250,000 Workers’ Compensation claims totaling over $11 billion were filed in just one year. Add to these figures the costs associated with missed days from work, lost productivity, equipment repair and replacement, training programs for replacement employees, legal fees and loss of life, and it’s easy to see that worker safety is a priority among American businesses.

Incidents within the construction, transportation and warehousing industries account for the largest number of fatal and non-fatal workplace injuries. The most common injuries across all industries result from slips, trips, and falls; coming into contact with objects and equipment, over-exertion, violence and exposure to harmful chemicals and substances. The most expensive Workers’ Compensation claims involved burns and concussions. Contusions, fractures and mental stress along with respiratory disorders and sprains made up the remaining portion of the $11 billion paid out in claims.

In January of 2015, OSHA issued a new mandate requiring employers to report all workplace injuries within 24 hours. The former mandate only required employers to report catastrophic injuries. OSHA is hoping that the new policy will reveal a more accurate picture of what workplace injuries are occurring and what safety implementations can be incorporated to further reduce the number of fatal and non-fatal injuries in the workplace.

While 16 states across the country report a decrease in their amount of Workers’ Compensation claims, 35 states have seen an increase in the amount of benefits paid over the past two years. Interestingly, the number of workplace injuries and deaths reported in 2013 was 1.2 million less than the number reported in 2005. OSHA administrators hope that stronger enforcement of safety standards and more reliable reporting of workplace injuries and deaths will help to further reduce the amount of Workers’ Compensation claims.

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