Curious about how the US is doing in regards to worker safety? The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), who has been collecting data on worker injury, illness, and death for over 25 years, has just issued a new report on fatal worker injuries.

A promising trend: the total number of on-the-job fatalities fell by 17%, from 6,217 in 1992 to 5,190 in 2016. Roadway incidents were the leading cause of fatal workplace injuries from 2011 to 2016, accounting for 11,846 deaths. Violent events (4,701 deaths) and slips, trips, and falls (4,576 deaths) were the next most common causes.

Here at Safeguard, we’ve been working to prevent slips, trips, and falls for all of those 25 years. We are proud to have played a part in the protection of workers, especially those who work in the most hazardous environments.

The CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and our own state’s Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation joined forces to develop some really cool interactive charts. They show worker injury trends in Ohio over a 10-year span. It’s no surprise that the Diagnosis by Cause chart has Slips, Trips, and Falls in a category all by itself. Click on the Number of Claims (285,592!) to see the resulting diagnoses.

Worker injury chart showing slips, trips, and falls
CDC and Ohio BWC team up to produce interactive worker injury charts

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