U.S. Workplace Deaths Spike – Third Consecutive Year
OSHA Resources Shrinking
5,190. That’s how many workers lost their lives in 2016 to fatal work injuries, an average of 14 people a day. This is a 7% increase from the 4,836 fatal injuries in 2015, according to a recent report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
This is also the third consecutive increase in annual workplace fatalities and the first time more than 5,000 fatalities have been recorded by the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) since 2008.
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What’s At Stake
“Somebody better do something about that [propylene oxide (PO)] gas before someone gets killed in there.”
“In there” was a cornstarch processing tank, a tight and dangerously restricted area deemed a “confined space” under OHS regulations. Within hours after these words were uttered, a worker making repairs inside the space succumbed to toxic PO vapours. In a twist of tragic irony, the victim was 54-year-old Jim Beals, the very worker who had sounded the all too prophetic warning. Read the Jim Beals story on page 11.