Workplace Safety in the US

In honor of National Safety Month we’re looking at the history and current state of workplace and construction safety in the US. This week we’re recognizing some of the important people and events that have brought us to where we are now.

Work conditions in the United States have improved considerably since 1913, when the Bureau of Labor Statistics conducted the first national survey of workplace fatalities. At that time, nearly 23,000 industrial deaths occurred in a workforce of 38million. Since then, the workforce has more than tripled, but workplace fatalities have decreased significantly, from 61 per 100,000 in 1913 to 4 per 100,000 in 2019.

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