What Are Some Commonly Used OSHA Statistics?
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has about 2,200 inspectors in the United States, which translates to one officer for every 59,000 workers. That is a ton of people to cover every year, and a ton of businesses to scour for violations.
Without OSHA’s diligent efforts, though, the workplace would be a dangerous place. That said, no one is perfect, and workplace injuries and deaths are still a problem. In 2013, there were an average of 12 workplace deaths per day, the lowest number since 1992.
One in five worker deaths come from the construction industry; of these, roughly 38 percent were from falls, 10 percent from being struck by an object, 9 percent from electrocution and about 3 percent being caught inside or between machinery.
OSHA has done wonders for the injury rate in the workplace since 1970. Despite a doubling of U.S. employment, fatalities have gone down by 65 percent and injuries by 67.
Of OSHA’s most common complaints and citations, the top three were:
Violation of fall protection standards
Violation of hazard communication standards
Violation of scaffolding construction requirements
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