Major Rise in US Contract Workers Killed on the Job
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The Bureau of Labor Statistics began keeping track of contract worker deaths in 2011, and since then, contract worker deaths have increased 35%. In 2013, 734 contract workers were killed on the job in the U.S.
Contract worker deaths have steadily increased since the bureau has begun tracking them.
2011 - 542 contract worker deaths.
2012 - 715 contract worker deaths.
2013 - 734 contract worker deaths.
In 2011, more contract workers were killed in the mining, oil, gas, and quarrying industries than non-contract workers. It is believed that the reason for the contract worker deaths is decreased safety. Companies are hiring contract workers who are afraid of losing their job, so they ignore safety hazards and lack of safety training.
What are your thoughts on this? How do you train contract workers to keep them safe?