According to an annual report put out by the AFL-CIO, 4,585 workers were killed on the job in 2013. Additionally, nearly 50,000 people died from work-related diseases. This means that 150 workers die on average each day in the U.S. from work-related causes. Another 3.8 million injuries were reported. If you are an employer and you haven’t looked at your workers’ comp insurance coverage recently, you should probably consult a workers’ comp MGA to find out if you are properly insured.
The report also had these statistics:
- The cost of job injuries and illnesses is between $250 billion and $360 billion annually.
- Construction workers had the largest number of fatal injuries (828), then transportation and warehousing employees (733).
- Nursing and residential care workers had the highest number of nonfatal injuries and illnesses. After that came workers in the pet industry, policemen, firemen, veterinary workers, and skiing facility employees.
- Musculoskeletal injuries caused by ergonomic hazards accounted for 33.5% of the 3.8 million workplace injuries reported.
- Workplace violence is the second leading cause of job fatalities after transportation incidents. Women account for 70% of lost-time injuries due to workplace violence.
Talk to your workers’ comp MGA today to help make sure you’re doing everything you can to minimize safety hazards in your workplace.