Every Minute Counts
Every minute, 4 workers die from a work-related accident or disease and every minute 640 workers have a work-related accident. (Photo: Tom Dulat/Getty Images)
It's a Global Emergency
ILO estimates that 2.3 million workers globally die from work-related causes each year; 350,000 are fatal accidents and close to 2 million are work-related diseases. Much media attention has focused on Ebola, which has killed more than 1,500 people. Where is the outrage for the more than 2 million who die each year as a result of work?
Nearly 1 Million Injured Per Day
860,000 workers are injured each day in a work-related accident.
Trillions of Dollars Wasted
$2.7 trillion is the direct and indirect costs per year of work-related injuries and illnesses worldwide.
3 Million Injuries Annually in the U.S.
The recordkeeping involved in reporting the staggering number of injuries and illnesses reported each year in the United States is enough to make any EHS professional cry. Nearly 3 million non-fatal workplace injuries and illnesses were reported by private industry employers in the United States in 2012, the most recent year for which the Bureau of Labor Statistics has information. (photo:pakorn/freedigitalimages.com)
Cost of Disabling Injuries Is High
$55.4 billion is the most recent estimated annual direct U.S. workers’ compensation costs for disabling injuries (Liberty Mutual 2103 Workplace Safety Index) (David Castillo Dominici/freedigitalphotos.net) checkbook
Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees
Unfortunately for EHS professionals, money doesn't grow on trees. $1 billion dollars per week is spent by U.S. businesses on the most disabling injuries. (Photo: Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)
How Many Widgets Do You Have to Make To Cover the Cost? (Hint: A Lot!)
The cost to U.S. businesses for lost productivity from workplace injuries and illnesses is estimated by Liberty Mutual to be $60 billion per year. (Photo: pat138241/freedigitalphotos.net)
Five Injuries Create Majority of Cost
Five injury causes account for 67.7 percent of the total cost burden to U.S. business, according to the Liberty Mutual 2013 Workplace Safety Index. (Photo: Vectorolie/freedigitalphotos.net)
1. Overexertion Involving Outside Sources
Overexertion involving outside sources was the leading cause of disabling injury. This event category, which in¬cludes injuries related to lifting, pushing, pulling, holding, carrying or throwing, cost businesses $14.2 billion in direct costs and accounted for more than one quarter of the overall national burden.
2. Falls on Same Level
Falls on same level ranked second, with direct costs of $8.6 billion. This category accounted for 15.4 percent of the total injury burden.
3. Struck By
Struck by object or equipment ranked third at $5.6 bil¬lion in costs.
4. Falls to a Lower Level
Falls to a lower level ranked fourth at $4.9 billion.
Overexertion ranked fifth at $4.2 billion, and includes injuries resulting from bending, crawling, reaching, twisting, climbing, stepping, kneeling, sitting, standing or walking (and no longer includes slipping or tripping without falling). (Photo: marin/freedigitalphotos.net)
4,000+ U.S. Work-Related Fatalities
4,383 fatal work injuries were recorded in the United States in 2012, down from a revised count of 4,693 fatal work injuries in 2011, according to results from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. (Photo: nitinut/freedigitalphotos.net)
12 Workers Each Day
Approximately 12 U.S. workers die each day as the result of a work-related injury. (Photo: Gualberto107/freedigitalphotos.net)