5 Feet Under: Ensuring That Trenches Don’t Cause Fatalities
OSHA publishes annual workplace fatality data that’s state-specific. In 2013, the most recent year in which data is available, showed that South Carolina experienced seventy-five worker fatalities. A look at South Carolina’s most recent data mirrors the national trends closely. Construction-related deaths rank among the top causes of workplace fatalities.
Of all the industry types listed in the report, the Natural Resources, Construction, and Maintenance Occupations category had the highest number of fatalities, accounting for nearly 35% of the total workplace fatalities. Some of the highest incidences of fatalities included the following types: falls, slips, and trips, contact with objects or equipment, and exposure to harmful chemicals or environments.
The construction industry and related fields don’t have to lead the way in workplace deaths. Implementing a worker training program can provide workers with the tools they need to stay safe on the job. Creating a safety plan and monitoring its implementation can ensure that companies build and maintain a culture of safety.
If you’d like to see the stats on other states, check out this page on the Bureau of Labor Statistics website and select the state from the drop-down list
And if you have questions about how your company can benefit from creating a safety training program for your employees, please give us a call at 864.905.7835.