Workplace fatalities are unacceptable. According to Bureau of Labor Statistics data, U.S. workplace fatalities reached 5,147 in 2017 – the second consecutive year surpassing 5,000 deaths. Preventable work deaths continue an upward trend, increasing from 4,398 in 2016 to 4,414 in 2017.
Safety is everyone’s responsibility. Employers are responsible to provide a safe work environment, the financial support, management oversight, tools and training workers need to do their jobs safely. Both management and workers need to do their part to make safety a personal priority. Together, these elements are part of a greater safety management system – one which aims to continuously identify hazards and reduce risks to an acceptable level thus lessening the likelihood of an incident occurring on the job.
I pledge to: