When a new industry opens up and grows quickly, people working within it may neglect workplace safety. Reports indicate that this is currently happening in the craft-brewing sector, an area of the economy that has blossomed into a $10.2-billion industry. Two decades ago, craft brewing was a niche market that had a very small following in the U.S. and in states like Florida, but now, it has become something much larger. Because of its size, the industry has found itself on the radar of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
When an employee goes to work, she or he should not have to worry about sustaining an injury or being killed while on the job. Still, workplace accidents happen all of the time. This is why the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is tasked with ensuring that employers are following federal regulations. Recently, OSHA cited Integra Health Management after investigations determined that two violations occurred when a female worker for the company was killed by a patient.
Few employees in Orange, Florida, consider the consequences of an on-the-job accident. This is because they believe workplace accidents are few and far between, having acquired a false sense of security because of the number of accidents that happen. Some workers are more at risk than others for a traumatic accident depending on a number of factors, the industry they work in being a major one.
Workers in Florida may be exposed to more risks than they think while on the job. A release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics stated that nearly 4,700 workers lost their lives on the job in 2011. About 13 people die each day from workplace injuries and accidents. This goes to show that workplace accidents are not only damaging but can also be deadly.
There are many dangers that workers in Florida are exposed to on a daily basis. Precautionary measures and regulations are put in place to address these dangers in order to make workplace accidents less likely, but they still occur. Some forms of employment are notably more dangerous than others and thus have more regulations tied to workplace safety. One of these industries is the pipeline industry where a recent report from national regulators may not be yet known.
Data regarding the mining industry was recently released by the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration. According to the report, 2012 was one of the safest years for miners working in the U.S. Detailed numbers indicated that there were 36 fatalities in the mining industry with two happening in Florida. Other states that saw fatalities due to workplace injuries included Montana with two, New York and Alabama with three a piece, Kentucky with five and West Virginia with seven.
Workplace fatalities can be one of the most upsetting situations to deal with. No matter who the victim is, there is a lot left to deal with for those that survive the person.
When one man lost the lower part of his right arm in 2006, he became depressed. His life had been changed forever, and it was due to a factory accident that involved an industrial blender used in the smelting of metals. The father of one worked at the plant for some time before the accident took his arm and made him unable to contribute in ways that he had done before.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently released a report indicating the rate of injury and illness among the American workforce. According to the report, injury and illness rates for 2011 in both the public and private sectors remained relatively unchanged from 2010. This may mean that workplace accidents are happening at a similar rate but efforts focusing on industries prone to injury and decreases in the injury rates of those industries may speak to the contrary.
Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics should come as a relief to workers across the state of Florida. According to the federal agency, the American workplace is getting much safer, with fewer work-related deaths caused by workplace accidents last year than the year before. The annual report indicated that 4,609 people died in 2011 while on the job. That was 1.7 percent lower than in 2010, when 4,690 people lost their lives.