Safety and Health in the Workplace

Archive Report

Tracking Casualties

Dispute About Decline in Injury Rates

Every hour of an average working day, one American dies from a work-related accident. Every minute of that day, by the same calculations (p. 421), 38 workers sustain injuries that cause lost work time, restrict activity or require medical attention. While no one knows for sure how many illnesses are job-related, official estimates are conservatively put at more than 100,000 annually. Occupational hazards come in many forms and are unevenly spread. Mining, construction and agriculture are the most dangerous lines of employment. Workers in these occupations often must cope with powerful machines, treacherous conditions and an array of potentially harmful chemicals. In contrast, office work presents relatively few dangers, although there are growing concerns about problems arising from ...

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