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HOUSTON – National Safety Council analysis shows workplace deaths – both intentional and preventable – rose 7.3% in 2016, from 4,836 to 5,190. It was the third straight year deaths at work increased, and the rise is largely driven by issues such as transportation, falls and violence. With unemployment rates at historic lows, NSC unveiled the Workplace section of its Injury Facts database in the hope that employers and employees use the information to make their workplaces safer.
The Council revealed the new section at its annual Congress and Expo in Houston.
“We are eight times safer at work than we are at home, but the data remind us that our workplaces could still be much safer,” said Ken Kolosh, manager of statistics at the NSC. “The numbers underscore the need for public awareness. We hope Injury Facts can help people understand the biggest risks to their safety and help employers understand where to focus their risk management efforts.”
Noteworthy workplace safety trends and offerings highlighted in the new section of Injury Facts include:
Safety professionals often want to compare, or benchmark, the workplace injury and illness incidence rates of their organizations with national average rates. To make this easy, Injury Facts now includes a tool that does not require employers to know their North American Industry Calculator System number (NAICS) to perform a search. Once employers have calculated their incident rate, they can input their results and compare to others in their industry.
Injury Facts is the Council’s 98-year-old compilation of preventable death and injury that has transitioned to an online, interactive portal in order to expedite the flow of critical safety information to the general public. Injury Facts is available at injuryfacts.nsc.org.
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