69% of Workplace Injuries Go Unreported in U.S.
The report also states that over 510,000 workers lives are now safer due to the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), passed in 1970. Despite increased safety regulations, over 150 workers in the United States die every day. These are the result of on-the-job accidents or occupationally-transmitted diseases. Additionally, 3.8 million workplace injuries are reported. But, the AFL-CIO estimates that the true number is likely double or triple that amount.
The study found North Dakota as the most dangerous place to work based on job fatalities per 100,000 workers. The large number of oil and gas workers in the area contributes to their high number of job deaths, due the hazards of that industry. On the national level, the most work fatalities occur in agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting. The biggest source of work-related injuries is the construction industry.
A little-known fact shown by the study is that workplace violence is the second-leading cause of job deaths in the U.S., making up 17 percent of total work deaths caused by traumatic injury. Increased bullying and toxic work cultures may be a factor in workplace homicides.
The most troubling aspect of the report is how many workplace injuries and illnesses go unreported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). One study compared BLS statistics to various state agencies, including the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, and found the BLS only captured 33 percent of total injuries and 31 percent of illnesses.
Workplace injuries are all too common in the United States. If injured on-the-job due to employer negligence, you may receive compensation. Mike Brandner Injury Attorneys, experienced in Louisiana workers’ comp, will fight to get you justice.
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