Announces 40-year Low in Workplace Fatalities

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In 1970, an average of 38 Americans lost their lives at work each day, since then workplace deaths have significantly declined because of safer practices. Announces 40-year Low in Workplace Fatalities Announces 40-year Low in Workplace Fatalities is the most trusted online resource for OSHA forklift certification and training since 2002.

Between 1970 and 2010, workplace fatalities declined by 65 percent while occupational injury and illness rates have dropped by 67 percent. Over the same period, the number of Americans in the workplace has almost doubled. The web-based forklift training giant,, revealed the following statistics on occupational health:

  • In 1970, 38 Americans lost their lives at work each day. This equates to almost 14,000 deaths in work-related injuries that year. In 2010, this number was to 13 workplace deaths each day, a total of 4,690.
  • In 2010, four out of every 100 workers had a workplace injury or illness. This is down from 11 out of 100 ill or injured workers in 1970.

What are the leading causes of workplace fatalities?

During the calendar year 2010, almost 20 percent of all workplace fatalities in private industry were in construction. The table below shows most common causes of workplace death in the construction industry. These ‘fatal four’ are responsible for almost 60 percent of all fatalities.

If these ‘fatal four’ causes of workplace deaths could be eliminated, the lives of almost 450 Americans could be saved each year.

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Who and What is OSHA…Just the Facts

OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration) is a relatively small federal agency with only about 2,200 inspectors.

These inspectors oversee the health and safety of more than 130 million workers!

OSHA was formed forty years ago and the results are amazing. Since 1970, it has helped to significantly reduce workplace deaths because of its safety regulations.

OSHA has 10 regional offices and 90 local area offices. OSHA also performs approximately 93,000 inspections a year.

10 Most Frequent OSHA Standards Violations

1.    Scaffolding requirement, construction
2.    Fall Protection, construction
3.    Hazard communication standards, general industry
4.    Respiratory protection, general industry
5.    Control of hazardous energy, general industry
6.    Electrical, wiring methods, components & equipment, general industry
7.    Powered industrial trucks, general industry
8.    Ladders, general industry
9.    Electrical systems design, general requirements, general industry
10.    Machine guarding (machines, general requirements), general industry

About is the industry leader in interactive on-line, OSHA-approved, training and forklift certification for operators and trainers. Visit their website at or give them a call on 1-888-699-4800 to see how they can help you make your workplace safer.

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