Employers, don’t forget this EH&S number: 5,479. That’s the average number, we learned recently, of employees who die on the job every single day due to preventable workplace accidents. Yes, over 5 thousand people lose their lives at work on a daily basis—more than 3 times the number of people in the US who die from heart disease at the same rate.
Ready for a couple more shocking figures to remember? 2,000 and $300 million. Those are the numbers, respectively, of daily eye injuries in the workplace and the total cost of those injuries to employers in terms of medical expenses, worker compensation, and lost production time.
I’m not just writing about ocular trauma for the squick factor of it. Rather, it’s because these statistics form the basis of a recent EHS Today article about the costs of turning a blind eye to employee health and safety. Get it—blind eye? Quite a grim pun on the publication’s part, but an effective lens to view the topic through (okay, I’ll stop) nonetheless.
The article goes on to offer 5 practices any company can adopt to keep employees safe and productive at work, and “create a strong safety culture and open communication channels so employees can collaborate when it comes to hazard identification and problem-solving.”
Looking for ways to develop a safety culture without endangering your earnings? Direct your eyes to our previous employee health and safety recap: “Workplace Safety or Bottom Line? You Don’t Have to Choose.”