Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Before OSHA was created 43 years ago, an estimated 14,000 workers were killed on the job every year. Today, workplaces are much safer and healthier, going from 38 fatal injuries a day to 12. But there is still much work to be done.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 4,679 fatal work injuries last year, up from 4,585 the year before. This 2015 edition of Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect, marks the 24th year the AFL-CIO has produced a report on the state of safety and health protections for America's workers. More than 510,000 workers now can say their lives have been saved since the passage of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, which promised workers in this country the right to a safe job. Since that time, workplace safety and health conditions have improved, but too many workers remain at serious risk of injury, illness or death. Many preventable workplace disasters do not make the headlines, and kill and disable thousands of workers each year.
That is why we here at Local 97 are so concerned and concentrated on your safety. We want to dedicate space on this website to promoting events and actions and provide you all with news you can use in becoming better union members and activists. The last thing we ever want to do is post a death notice. So continue to work safe and be your brothers, and sisters, keeper and always make safety a daily habit.