NSC Injury Facts Database now includes workplace section – The National Safety Council has launched a Workplace section of its Injury Facts database to provide employers with trends and information on injuries. The data indicates that we are far safer at work than at home, in fact 8 times safer. But workplaces could still improve greatly on the safety offer to workers. This database can help employees understand the risks to their safety and can be an invaluable aid to companies when they decide where to focus their resources in terms of managing risk within the business.
The database provides some valuable and interesting trends in terms of workplace safety, these include:
Working in the construction industry is still the most dangerous workplace, with construction workers the most likely to be killed at work, with almost1000 deaths in 2016.
Women are most likely to be the subject of nonfatal workplace violence. Women account for 7 in 10 assault related workplace injuries.
Workplace related deaths grew by 7.3% in 2016, this can be attributed to falls, violence and transportation.
The costs of workplace injuries is given at $151 billion annually between lost productivity and wages, medical expenses and administrative expenses. The cost of a single workplace death is approximately $1.12 million.
The database also shows that the number of injuries from falls to a lower level (48,060) and falls to the same level (141,600) are both trending down.
Overdoses from the non-medical use of drugs or alcohol while on the job increased from 165 in 2015 to 217 in 2016, a 32% increase.
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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