Workplace Safety and the Law

The most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that approximately 3 million people were injured on the job in 2011 and in 2012, 4,383 workers died.1 The number of on-the-job fatalities and injuries has been decreasing in the United States. Part of the reason for the decline in workplace injuries and deaths is hopefully due to improved safety and health conditions in workplaces. However, part of the decline in workplace injuries and fatalities could be due to fewer hours worked in industries that have had a high incidence of worker injuries and fatalities, such as construction.

All levels of government have passed numerous laws to regulate workplace safety. Many of these laws include detailed regulations ...

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