Maybe that doesn’t seem like a lot of people in a country of 300 Million , but it’s 13 people too many every day to the families and children that depend on those workers. And every death traumatizes the surrounding workers and slows production in whatever field it happens in. So is this just because the United States is so large and has so much industry? Not really. In fact, not at all.
In 2001, Great Britain employed more than 28 million workers. They had 236 deaths. They were Number 2 in the world out of 119 nations.
Germany employed more than 36 million workers and had 1107 deaths.
Japan had more than 64 million workers with 2016 total deaths.
In 2001, the US had slightly more than 135 million workers with 6643 workplace deaths.
If you add up Great Britain, Germany and Japan, you have 128 million workers with 3359 deaths on the job versus 6643 deaths at work from 135 million workers in America. Almost twice as many deaths in the US for a similar workforce. So why is that?
It seems like there is workplace safety here and there is. But when any of those 13 deaths occured each day in America, what really changed? Was the workplace made safer? Was your workplace made safer? Did the employer of that dead American worker learn from that fatality?
Dugas Law Firm believes in helping American workers get better and safer workplaces. We think America should be more like England where less than 300 workers died that year. Because in England, they think that 236 was too many deaths.