Navigation Links
Workers rate safety most important workplace issue in new Labor Day study
Date:8/30/2010

More than eight of ten workers 85 percent rate workplace safety first in importance among labor standards, even ahead of family and maternity leave, minimum wage, paid sick days, overtime pay and the right to join a union, according to a new study from the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago.

The study, "Public Attitudes Towards and Experiences with Workplace Safety," draws on dozens of surveys and polls conducted from 2001 to 2010 by NORC. This meta-analysis sought to gain a picture of Americans' experiences with workplace safety issues. The study was done for the Public Welfare Foundation, based in Washington, D.C., which includes a workers' rights program.

Despite widespread public concern about workplace safety, the study also found that the media and the public tend to pay closest attention to safety issues when disastrous workplace accidents occur. Even during those tragedies, the fate of workers is often overlooked, such as during the recent oil well disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

"Workplace safety is too often ignored or accidents taken for granted," said Tom W. Smith, director of NORC's General Social Survey (GSS). "It is striking that coverage in the media and public opinion polls have virtually ignored the 11 workers killed by the blowout and destruction of the drilling platform."

Questions instead focused on the environmental impact of the disaster and overlooked worker safety, Smith pointed out. But he noted that "if optimal safety had been maintained, not only would the lives of the 11 workers been saved, but the whole environmental disaster would have been averted."

Robert Shull, program officer for workers' rights at the Public Welfare Foundation, said, "Workplace safety should be a constant concern. Given the importance that workers themselves place on this issue, we should not have to mourn the loss of people on the job before government and employers take more effective measures to ensure that employees can go home safely after work."

On Aug. 19, the U.S. Department of Labor reported in a preliminary count that the number of workers who died on the job in 2009 fell 17 percent from the previous year, as workers clocked in for fewer hours because of the recession. While Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis called the results "encouraging," she also noted that "no job is a good job unless it is also safe."

Despite a decrease in workplace fatalities, the study found that reports of workplace injuries remained high.

Although most workers say they are satisfied with safety conditions at work, they also report job-related stress, a contributing factor to injury. The most recent GSS study on job-related stress, done in 2006, reported that 13 percent of workers find their jobs always stressful, while 21 percent find their jobs often stressful.

"Exhaustion, dangerous working conditions and other negative experiences at work are reported by many workers," Smith said. "Such conditions mean that workplace accidents are far from rare."

The study done for the Public Welfare Foundation found that about 12 percent of workers reported an on-the-job injury during the past year, and 37 percent said they have required medical treatment at one time for a workplace injury.

"Unsafe working conditions end up costing the public dearly," added Shull. "But no matter what the cost to the general public, the workers and their families pay the highest price."


'/>"/>

Contact: William Harms
w-harms@uchicago.edu
773-702-8356
University of Chicago
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. 2002 Oil Spill May Shed Light on Health Problems for Deepwater Workers
2. Street outreach workers an important tool for violence prevention and intervention
3. Telemedicine for maintaining health of oil rig workers is explored in Telemedicine and e-Health
4. Study describes health effects of occupational exposures in Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant workers
5. HCL International: Australia a Favourite Destination for UK Social Workers and GPs
6. Knowledge workers divulge trade secrets at Global Intelligence Forum
7. Progressive Medical Releases 2010 Workers' Compensation Drug Spend Analysis
8. Gulf Oil Spill Workers Report Health Problems
9. Lost Sense of Smell Noted Among Ground Zero Workers Post-9/11
10. Long-lasting sensory loss in WTC workers
11. Caffeine Helps Shift Workers Avoid Mistakes
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... 29, 2016 , ... World Patent Marketing , a ... invention which aids in proper muscle development. , "The Gym & Exercise Equipment ... of World Patent Marketing. "Globalization has threatened the future growth of the industry ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... April 29, 2016 , ... Dr. Robert Mondavi, one of ... improve smiles. Cosmetic dentistry is a fast-growing field as more patients are discovering the ... to learn more about the options currently available to them and which ones might ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... , ... April 29, 2016 , ... For those who ... the meal to miss. That was among the many new lifestyle diet tips offered ... recent Sharon Kleyne Hour® Power of Water® radio show. Bonny and Lawrence noted that ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Regenerative Medicine Solutions (RMS) scored 94.8124 out of ... them second place for Tampa’s Best Places to Work. They were ranked in the ... great accomplishment for our team,” says RMS Human Resources Manager Irene Miller. “We work ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... April 29, 2016 , ... Nike Softball Camp at ... from July 24th – 27th for girls aged 10-18. All facets of the game ... the beautiful Clark V. Whited Complex, one of the finest softball facilities in the ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/27/2016)... April 27, 2016 Transparency Market ... Devices Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, ... report, the global skincare devices market was valued at ... expand at a CAGR of 10.1% from 2015 to ... Browse the full Skincare Devices Market (Treatment Device - ...
(Date:4/27/2016)... DUBLIN , April 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ ... the addition of the  "Global Anesthesia Disposables ... (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160330/349511LOGO ) ,The global ... at a CAGR of 4.03% during the ... are a major threat to patients, safety. ...
(Date:4/26/2016)... 26, 2016 Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc. (NYSE: DPLO) ... Hagerman , Pharm D., to Vice President of Education ... Diplomat, Hagerman will continue to lead and oversee Diplomat ... custom education and training to Diplomat employees and external ... Diplomat University also houses the quality assurance department, which ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: