The Centers For Disease Control has found that workplaces today are the safest they have ever been, calling this trend “one of the greatest health achievements of the 20th century.”
The CDC claims:
“Today’s workplaces are roughly 40,000 lives a year safer than they were in the 1930s.
In mines, an average of 3,329 Americans a year died on the job from 1911 to 1915. During 2005, 159 miners died.
The biggest factors in improving workplace safety, analysts say, are:
— Tougher worker-safety standards, whether voluntary or imposed under laws such as the 1970 Occupational Safety and Health Act.
— An increase in the number of working women, whose accident rate is about a tenth that of men.
— A decline in the number of small farms, where worker fatalities always have been high.”
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