ASSE: 2011 Workplace Fatality Figures are “Unacceptable”

The preliminary occupational fatality count for 2011 is in, and the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSE) finds the numbers “alarming” and “unacceptable.”

Sep. 26, 2012 4:15pm Laura Walter

On the heels of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) announcement that 4,609 American employees died from work-related injuries in 2011, the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSE) is asking one question: “Where’s the concern?”

While the preliminary BLS data reveals that workplace fatalities declined slightly in 2011 compared to the 4,690 workers who died in 2010, the numbers indicate that an average of 13 people die from on-the-job injuries every day across the nation. According to ASSE, that’s far too many. ASSE President Richard A. Pollock, CSP, called this rate of workplace fatalities “alarming” and “unacceptable.”

“These incidents can be prevented. We urge all companies and organizations to take measures now to make sure they have developed and implemented management systems of control that include effective occupational safety…..

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Source: EHS Today

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