Workplace Injuries and Illness in Steady Decline Says BLS
Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, reported on the 2013 survey results, “Today we learned that, in 2013, approximately three million private sector workers in America experienced a serious injury or illness on the job. In this extraordinarily high number, it is easy to focus on the headline and miss the trend line. We are encouraged that the rates continue to decline over the past few years, even during this period of healthy economic growth when we would expect the rate of injuries to rise.”
Alliance Formed to Improve Oil and Gas Worker Safety
OSHA and NIOSH are working with the National Service, Transmission, Exploration & Production Safety Network, or National STEPS Network to improve safety and health for oil and gas workers nationwide. The rapid growth of employment in this industry has been coupled with an increase in worker fatalities.