In our last post, we talked about construction accidents. More specifically, we talked about the "Fatal Four," which are four prominent factors in fatal construction accidents. One of these four factors is "falls," which are always a concern on construction sites. Many construction employees have to work at precarious heights while using powerful machinery. This can lead to missteps or falls, and these can be fatal.
Did you know that in 2012 there were 4,628 workers that died on the job? That figure, cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), works out to roughly 3.4 worker deaths for every 100,000 full-time employees. It also means that on average 12 people die every day as a result of something that happened at work.
As many Louisiana residents are aware -- and, indeed, people all across the country are aware -- income equality has become a major debate in our time, if not the major debate of our time. Many people point to flagging income for workers and low minimum wage rates, the latter of which is changing, albeit slowly. However, there could be another area of the workplace that contributes to income inequality, and it's probably not what you would think: workplace safety.
The number of fatalities in the construction industry in the United States increased dramatically in 2012, when about 9.9 people per 100,000 workers in the industry died. In 2011, the rate was only 9.1 per 100,000 workers. The rise in these deaths have many people wondering why the construction industry has a sudden fatal accident problem.
Amazon has been under fire recently for the way they treat their workers. Many employees at the mammoth online retailer's fulfillment centers -- the huge warehouses that store all of Amazon's goods for delivery -- deal with long hours, difficult labor conditions such as lifting heavy objects repeatedly, and lower-than-expected pay. And now the company is dealing with two deaths that occurred at their fulfillment centers over the past seven months.