Fatality Report Calls Attention to Risk for Older Workers and Minorities

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Fatality Report shows older workers, minorities at greater risk for occupational injuries

The AFL-CIO published national findings on safety and health conditions for working people in the United States, according to Safety.BLR.com.

The Report, Death on the Job:  The Toll of Neglect states that more than 4,820 workers were killed on the job in 2014.  An additional 50,000 to 60,000 died from occupational diseases.  The end result was a loss of 150 workers daily from preventable workplace injuries and illnesses.

The report also showed:

  • an increase in fatalities among older workers.
  • Wyoming, North Dakota, Alaska, South Dakota, and Mississippi had the highest fatality rates.
  • Data from 2014 shows that 804 Latino workers died on the job.  The Latino death toll is higher than any other race in occupational deaths.
  • Workplace violance is trending upwards over the past five years. 
Oversight by OSHA remains weak and is getting worse.  On average, OSHA inspects workplaces once every 145 years.  In 1992, OSHA averaged 84 years.


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