It is clear that certain industries pose an increased risk for injuries and illnesses for employees. For these employees, it is likely understandable when a worker suffers and injury or illness; however, the reality is that any type of worker in any type of work environment could suffer an injury or illness related to the workplace. In some cases, these incidents could be severe, causing a worker to be killed immediately or shortly after suffering a workplace injury or illness.
Based on current data, it was found that more than 5,000 workers in the U.S. were killed due to a workplace incident in 20016. This equates to 14 workers a day. When compared from the data collected the year prior, this was a 7 percent increase, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.