10 Facts You Should Know About Workplace Safety
In 2010, the average OSHA fine was $1,028, and the average company received more than two fines per inspection.
Fire and Safety Australia (FSA) & National Safety Council (NSCA) of Australia state that only 26% of Australians are trained and could step up in a first aid emergency.
About a quarter of workplace injuries are due to overexertion. According to Liberty Mutual Safety Index; injuries due to overexertion, lifting, pushing, pulling, holding and carrying, costs businesses $12.75 billion in direct annual expenses and accounts for more than 25% of the national burden. Another interesting statistic; falling on the same level is the No. 2 cause of disabling injury. This incident costs nearly $8 Billion annually.
According to OSHA, the most violated standard the past year was a dead heat between fall protection and scaffolding requirements.
According to OSHA, of the 7.2 million illicit drug users aged 18 or older back in 2005, 12.9 million (74.8 percent) held either full time or part time work. Furthermore, research indicates that between 10 and 20 percent of people who die while on the job, test positive for alcohol or illegal drugs.
FSA & NSCA note that every 15 seconds, 153 workers are injured and 1 injury is fatal.
According to the International Labour Organization Hazardous, Hazardous materials kill almost 440,000 employees annually, according to the International Labour Organization. That organization also says that 10% of reported skin cancers are caused by workplace exposure to hazardous materials.
Less than 50% of building occupants know what to do if there is a fire. (FSA & NSCA)
If you own a business that doesn’t have a workplace safety program in place, be advised that you can reduce injuries by 50% if you add one. That’s according to the American Society of Safety Engineers.
According to the International Labour Organization each day, an average of 6,000 people die as a result of work-related accidents or diseases, totaling more than 2.2 million work-related deaths a year. Of these, about 350,000 deaths are from workplace accidents and more than 1.7 million are from work related diseases. In addition, commuting accidents increase the burden with another 158,000 fatal accidents.