Friday, June 09, 2006

American Workers' Safety Concerns Don't Reflect Reality

Disconnect between workers perception of safety and reality ...

"Accidental injury is the leading cause of death for people under 40 and the fifth-leading cause for all ages. But in a recent survey conducted on behalf of the National Safety Council (NSC), American workers ranked accidental injury No. 3 in terms of their top safety concerns – following violent crime and natural disasters.

In the eyes of NSC, it's an example of the disconnect between American workers' perceptions about their greatest safety risks and reality.

The organization's "2006 American Worker Safety Survey" also found that more workers feel safer at home than they do at work. However, according to 2004 NSC statistics, twice as many workers – or 6.8 million – were seriously injured while off the job than were injured while working. And of the 49,000 injury-related deaths in 2004 involving workers, roughly 90 percent occurred while employees were off the job, according to NSC.

"Contrary to what most people believe, home is not the safe haven we think it is," NSC President and CEO Alan McMillan said. "With more than half of all accidental deaths occurring in homes and communities, we have a greater challenge protecting the public from injuries while off the job than in America's workplaces."   continued ...   (Via Occupational Hazards)

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