The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sponsored a nationwide Safe + Sound Week event Aug. 13-19, to raise awareness and understanding of the value of safety and health programs that combine management leadership, worker participation, and a systematic approach to finding and fixing hazards in the workplace.
Organizations of any size and in any industry were encouraged to participate as a way to show workers, customers, the public or supply chain partners their commitment to safety in the workplace.
Nearly 5,200 workers were killed on the job in 2016, which translates to more than 99 per week, or more than 14 deaths every day, according to OSHA. Out of the nearly 4,700 worker fatalities in the private industry, a fifth were in construction. In many cases, these deaths could have been prevented.
Successful safety and health programs can proactively identify and manage workplace hazards before they cause injury or illness, which in turns improves sustainability and the bottom line, OSHA said.
Organizations can still access Safe + Sound Week resources and information on OSHA’s website at osha.gov for examples of activities and tools to help plan and promote events. OSHA suggests any future events should include at least one – but ideally all three – of the core elements of a successful safety and health program, which includes management leadership, worker participation, and finding and fixing hazards.
OSHA News Release