On average, 14 American workers are killed on the job each day. They are killed by explosions, trench cave-ins, electrocutions, falls, suffocations, fires, poisonings, mangling and the list goes on. Another 50,000 die each year from cancers, black lung, and other diseases caused by their jobs. Sadly, a tremendous percentage of these deaths are preventable. But it will take proper equipment, work rules, and solid regulatory enforcement to improve safety in the workplace. Workplace safety has to be made a top priority for the employers and that is not always the case in some companies. Taking shortcuts on worker safety and health has become all too common in some board rooms in Corporate America.
Profits over safety may make a company’s bottom line look good for a while, but that will eventually catch up with them. A prime example is BP and the disaster in the Gulf. The 11 lives lost back in April have pretty much fallen off the nightly news. This is because of all the other problems caused by the massive oil spill that followed the explosion that killed the employees on the rig. It must be remembered that it was lax safety at the rig that caused these deaths. The bottom line is that workers must be protected regardless of their workplace.
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