Why Isn't There More Public Attention on Worker Fatalities?
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During Safety 2016, OSHA Administrator David Michaels raised the issue of how the media and the public pay little attention to the nearly 14 deaths that occur each day in U.S. workplaces, especially when so much attention has been focused on the 14 deaths surrounding the Takata air bag scandal. “There’s something wrong,” he said. “We don’t put enough emphasis, we don’t put enough care, into protecting workers. I’m not sure why that is. But that has to change.”
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As it turns out, the failure to manage workplace risks may be one issue that brought about the firm's decision to use a less-than-ideal process to build air bags, according to The New York Times. As OSH professionals can attest, managing safety and health risks matters not only for workers but also for corporate well-being and, as this case demonstrates, the public. Read the full EHS Works post.
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