Disturbing Trend: As Economy Recovers, Workplace Deaths Increase
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As the economy recovers, workplace deaths increase. Statistically, this makes sense. More people working = more people involved in workplace accidents. However, this needs to be something that is addressed. It means that workplace safety needs vigilance.
The Press Enterprise detailed the death of Jack Buffum. A 59 year old man who, after two years out of work, finally got a job at a concrete pipe manufacturer. Two weeks before his death, he complained to his wife about the lack of safety at the job sites: few breaks, workers hanging onto forklifts for a ride, and many other unsafe practices.
"He said it was just bad out there. He said someone was going to get killed," said Mary Buffum, Jack's wife.
On May 30, 2013, Jack was killed from falling off of a forklift truck. He was crushed beneath its tires.
Trends show that as unemployment goes down, workplace deaths rise.
In 2006, the U.S. saw the best economy with record low unemployment - and record high on the job deaths, 29. In 2009, at the height of the recession, data shows that only 8 people died on the job.
The economy is back in full swing, so make sure that you are following safety protocols. You don't want to be another statistic.