A workplace injury occurs during the course of a person’s employment and is caused by the type of work that the person is required to do. The term can also apply to injuries that occur during work hours, or while on the employment premises.
5,333 workers died on the job in 2019 [https://www.bls.gov/news.release/cfoi.nr0.htm] (3.5 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers) — on average, more than 100 a week or about 15 deaths every day. About 20% (1,061) of worker fatalities in private industry in calendar year 2019 were in construction – accounting for one in five worker deaths for the year.
Top 10 most frequently cited OSHA standards violated in FY 2019
The following were the top 10 most frequently cited standards by Federal OSHA in fiscal year 2019 (October 1, 2018, through September 30, 2019):
- Fall protection, construction
- Hazard communication standard, general industry
- Scaffolding, general requirements, construction
- Control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout), general industry
- Respiratory protection, general industry
- Ladders, construction
- Powered industrial trucks, general industry
- Fall Protection–Training Requirements
- Machinery and Machine Guarding, general requirements
- Eye Protection and Face Protection