10 Workplace Safety Statistics That May Surprise You
It's no secret that accidents happen. In fact, workplace accidents happen every 7 seconds in the US on average, according to the National Safety Council (NSC). Some industries, such as healthcare, construction, law enforcement, and maintenance naturally tend to have higher rates of workplace injury and illness. However, many, including the NSC, believe that the majority, if not all workplace accidents are preventable.
Raising awareness and adhering to safety standards as outlined by OSHA are the first steps to making sure you're safe at work. So without further ado, here are some of the most surprising workplace safety statistics.
2017/18 Workplace Injury Statistics
Although 2019 is already coming to a close, the most complete, up-to-date injury data involves the years 2017-2018.
2019 Top 5 Causes of Workplace Injuries (So Far)
Workplace injuries are mainly defined as an injury or illness that causes a worker to miss 5 or more days of work. In 2019, the top 5 workplace injuries were caused by:
According to most experts, most if not all workplace injuries are avoidable if you follow safety guidelines as outlined by OSHA and your employer. Cutting corners could land you in a hospital bed, so take the proper precautions, don't misuse tools/equipment, and ensure you immediately clean up spills and know proper ladder safety.