OSHA Helps Reduce Workplace Injuries, Fatalities

on 11/05/2012

No one would deny that there have been vast improvements made in improving workplace safety across the country over the past decades, especially since the inception of OSHA in 1970.  Since Its establishment, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has presided over a dramatic drop in workplace injuries and fatalities. 

Back in 1970, approximately 14,000 workers died in workplace-related accidents.  Flash forward to 4 decades later, and an average of 4,000 workplace fatalities occur every year.  This is in spite of the fact that the American workforce has more than doubled in population since 1970.

Other facts also indicate the effectiveness of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in helping control the number of people who die in workplace-related accidents every year.  In 1972, for example, the agency recorded an average of 10.9 workplace-related incidents for every 100 workers.  However in 2010, there were less than 4 incidents recorded for every 100 workers. 

There have also been dramatic drops in workplace injuries and illnesses.  In 1995, 6.6 million workplace-related occupational illnesses were reported.  That number had dropped to 3.7 million by 2010.

One of the biggest influences that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has had has been the promotion of personal protective equipment.  Houston work injury lawyers have found that the use of such gear has helped dramatically reduce the number of workers being killed in fall accidents, or as a result of chemical explosions, radiological hazards and other factors. 

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has also helped reduce the number of injuries from the unexpected start-up of machinery with stronger lock out and tag out procedures.  Injuries have also dropped because of frequent inspections by the agency.  OSHA statistics show that employers, who are inspected, have fewer workplace injury claims, compared to those who are not placed through inspections.

Tags: Personal Injury, Workplace Injury, Houston, OSHA

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