9 Trends in Workplace Injury Reduction to Commemorate OSHA
Since being signed into law in 1970, The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) has strengthened workplace safety standards and contributed to a significant reduction in workplace injuries over time. The agency oversees more than 130 million workers at 8 million job sites across the United States. Under OSHA, workplace fatalities have fallen by approximately 65% while the worker injury and illness rate has decreased by 74%. But there is still a long way to go.
According to the 2019 Liberty Mutual Safety Index, workplace injuries cost US businesses over $1 billion per week, or $52 billion per year. $13.1 billion of these annual costs are from injuries related to overexertion from lifting, pushing, pulling and carrying. These injuries are the most costly type of injury to US businesses and are classified as musculoskeletal disorders (MSD’s), which Worklete is focused on preventing. MSD’s are the hardest to heal for workers and costly for businesses. In fact, one out of 3 days-away-from work cases in 2017 were related to an MSD.