The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have teamed up to make the first week in May North American Occupational Safety and Health Week (NAOSH Week), highlighting the need for workplace safety and health measures to protect workers and maintain company productivity.
In 2011, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 4,609 people lost their lives in U.S. workplace accidents – an average of about 13 deaths each day nationwide. Another 3 million people suffered injuries and illnesses, at a rate of about 3.5 injuries per 100 full-time workers. These rates held steady from the previous year, marking the first two-year span in which injury and death rates in the workplace had not decreased since 2002.
In Kentucky, about 4,400 people were injured or killed on the job in 2011. Just under half of these workers, or 2,100, needed to take one or more days off work to recover, and about 800 required a job transfer or a job restriction in order to work after suffering long-term or permanent disabilities as the result of an on-the-job injury. Although the highest rates of injury occurred in construction, mining, and heavy industries, workers were injured in all types of workplaces, including office spaces, retail shops, and classrooms.
Workers injured on the job in Kentucky typically turn to workers’ compensation for help, but if an injury involves a negligent third party like an equipment manufacturer or motorist, the assistance of an experienced attorney can also be invaluable to those seeking compensation.