Employers and employees visiting the National Safety Council (NSC) online Injury Facts database may have noticed a new wealth of information posted on the site. For the first time, visitors will have access to the latest trends and information about workplace injuries throughout the country under a new “Workplace” tab on the NSC Injury Facts database site. The NSC revealed its new website content at the National Safety Congress & Expo in Houston this past October.
Rise in On-the-Job Fatalities
The continuing rise in workplace fatalities is highlighted by the information presented on the NSC website. With a 7.3 percent increase in workplace deaths occurring in 2016, the NSC’s focus on work injuries hopes to shed light on this important safety issue. By bringing an increased public awareness of the prevalence of work injuries, the NSC strives to help employers identify the biggest safety risks to their employees and to reduce the rising costs associated with work-related injuries, which are listed at approximately $115 billion annually.
Focus on Workplace Safety Trends
By focusing on current workplace safety trends in areas including transportation, falls, and violence, the Workplace section of the NSC website provides important information about the types and frequency of work-related injuries. Some of the work injury facts relate to incidences of workplace violence, the identity of those industries that are the most dangerous for workers, and the costs of work-related injuries. The Workplace section most recently set forth figures highlighting the disproportionate impact of workplace violence on female employees and identified construction as the leading industry for work-related accidents and deaths with 959 fatalities in 2016.
The NSC Injury Facts website provides detailed information including the number of workplace injuries and deaths. Other pertinent materials shared in the database includes costs associated with workplace injuries in the categories of wage and productivity loss, property damage, motor vehicle damage, medical expenses, administrative expenses, and employer-related costs.
One useful feature of the new NSC Workplace section is a tool that helps employers calculate their workplace incident rates for purposes of comparing their safety numbers with national averages. This allows safety experts to compare work injury rates across the country and gives employer access to nationwide averages even if employers do not know their North American Industry Calculator System (NAICS) number. The NSC uses data obtained from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Census, including the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) for its analysis.
In its analysis of national data, the NSC found the largest number of preventable workplace deaths occur in the industries of construction, transportation, and warehousing. Other industries with high workplace fatality rates included agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting.
Goal to Reduce Preventable Workplace Deaths
The NSC’s Injury Facts website is the result of a 98-year compilation of safety data. By making these materials accessible to the public through its redesigned interactive online portal, the NSC continues its work in promoting safer working environments to reduce the number of preventable work-related injuries and deaths. According to the NSC, over 4,300 preventable workplace fatalities occurred in 2016.
The new Workplace section can be found on the NSC website.
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