National Safety Council statement on workplace injuries
The National Safety Council (NSC) is concerned with the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showing no change in the number of workplace injuries and illnesses between 2017 and 2018. This marks the first year since 2012 that the total recordable cases rate for workplace injuries and illnesses did not decline. Every employee deserves a safe work environment and to return home safely at the end of each work day.
Employers are responsible for ensuring the safety of all of their workers. This includes having policies and training in place to address the major causes of injuries and fatalities. Leadership should set the tone from the top and engage all workers in safety, continually looking to identify and mitigate workplace safety hazards and measuring safety performance to ensure continuous improvement.
The NSC offers resources to help employers improve their safety performance and keep their workers safe. These include an Opioids at Work Employer Toolkit, Fatigue at Work Employer Toolkit, Safe Driving Toolkit, Work to Zero initiative and NSC membership offerings, consulting services and employee perception surveys. Learn more about workplace incident rate trends at injuryfacts.nsc.org.
About the National Safety Council
The National Safety Council is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to eliminate preventable deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy. Founded in 1913 and chartered by Congress, NSC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the public in areas where we can make the most impact.