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The National Safety Council eliminates preventable deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy.
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Preventable workplace deaths have increased four consecutive years. In recognition of Workers' Memorial Day April 28, please join NSC in remembering those who have died in preventable workplace incidents.
At 11 a.m. (CT) Friday, April 26, NSC will host a virtual candlelight vigil on Facebook. All are welcome to join by offering comments of support, remembrance and love for those who tragically died while working.
The Council also urges Americans to take the Safe at Work Pledge to prioritize safety at work, and dedicate that pledge to those who have been killed in preventable workplace incidents.
Preventable workplace deaths totaled 4,414 in 2017, up from 4,398 in 2016, the fourth consecutive annual increase. And since 2009 – the peak of the recession – preventable work-related deaths have increased 17.5%, while the number of workers increased 8.2%.
Notable increases in preventable workplace deaths from 2017 include:
Technology can be a solution to some of the safety issues in our workplaces. The Council has received a $500,000 grant from the Pittsburgh-based McElhattan Foundation to launch the Work to Zero initiative. Work to Zero will help educate employers about new technological safety advancements that promise to reduce and ultimately end workplace deaths by the year 2050.
Nearly 5,200 workers were killed on the job in 2017. Most of these deaths were preventable.
Every 7 seconds, a worker is injured on the job. Preventative action can spare needless pain and suffering.
The National Safety Council eliminates preventable deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy. Donate to our cause.
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