There are plenty of jobs in the United States and other countries around the world that are labeled as risky, dangerous, hazardous and even deadly. You see the lists each year, as writers, researchers and news sources struggle to properly organize and present articles on what they claim to be the 10 or 25 most dangerous jobs or the 5 most deadly occupations. But due to hundreds if not thousands of different factors, it's nearly impossible to label any profession as the most deadly. We do however, know of a handful or two of occupations that are specifically dangerous.
Aside from trying to present the occupations that are considered to be the most risky to your well being, we're presenting a list of 10 interesting workplace safety statistics. These are completely random, yet legitimate statistics involving safety issues on the job. Remember to be vigilant about safety by using the proper safety gear, taking the proper precautions and educating yourself and co-workers on the best safety practices.
Deadly Sports? Kind of...
In 2022, Qatar will host the world cup. While preparations have already began for the stadium and other infrastructure, 900 workers have already died in accidents as of March 2014. As a comparison, 25 workers died in preparation for the Sochi Olympics and 6 workers died during construction for the 2013 World Cup recently held in Brazil.
Don't get Dozed!
Beware of bulldozers! The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, out of 4,206 reported construction site fatalities, 774 were the direct result of bulldozer accidents. These incidents included rollovers, crushing incidents, becoming trapped, and run-over accidents.
This is Shocking!
An average of 400+ workers die each year in the US from electrocution. Electrical linemen count for about 10% of those fatalities.
Nothing to Smile About
In 2012 in there were 249 workplace related suicides and 475 workplace homicides in the United States.
Foreign actories Highly Fatal?
It's estimated that there are about 150,000 factory worker deaths annually in China. Researchers feel the number may be up to 50% higher but accurate statistics are not really available.
Don't Retire Before You Retire
45 to 54 year olds are the most likely age group to suffer a fatality in the workplace. Workers who are 20 years old and younger make up the smallest percentage of workplace fatalities.
Cited for Safety
In 2010 the average OSHA fine was $1,028 and the average company received more than two fines per inspection. According to OSHA the most violated standards over past year were fall protection and scaffolding requirements.
Way Too Many
Globally, an average of 6,000 people die per day as a result of work-related accidents or diseases, totaling over 2.2 million work-related deaths a year. According to the international Labour Organization about 350,000 of those yearly deaths are from accidents while the remaining 1.7 million are from diseases.
'Checks' and Balances?
The cost of work-related injury and illness in 2007 was about $250 billion in the US. That puts the price to of workplace health and safety problems above the economic burden posed by all cancers combined.
More Workers Making it Home
Since OSHA was implemented in 1971, the rate of workplace fatalities among employees has decreased by 62% while occupational injury and illness rates have decreased by nearly 42%.