Picking up from Workplace Fatalities Reportedly Decreased in 2012 (Part 1), the following provides some additional statistics from the 2012 National Census of Fatal Workplace Occupational Injuries (conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics).
- Workplace violence is still a serious issue and major cause of workplace deaths. In fact, in 2012, about 17 percent of workplace fatalities were the result of workplace violence. Although some states have enacted their own regulations in an effort to try to protect workers from this phenomenon, OSHA has yet to issue its own regulations regarding the prevention of workplace violence.
- Workplace deaths among younger workers have increased from 2011 to 2012, nearly doubling from 10 such fatalities in 2011 to 19 deaths in 2012. About 75 percent of these workers are agricultural workers.
In response to these recently released statistics, Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez has stated that, “employers must take job hazards seriously and live up to their legal and moral obligation to send their workers home safe every single day… no worker should lose their life for a paycheck.”
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