Rate of Injury or Illness Higher Than Average in Glass Industry

Fatalities remain in single digits

Source: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics; The Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

In 2012, 4,628 workers were killed on the job in the United States, including six workers from the glass industry, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in April 2014. Of all sectors, construction reported the highest number of fatal injuries, with 806 deaths, followed by transportation and warehousing, with 741. Construction reported a fatal injury rate of 9.9, the fourth highest rate among all 15 sectors.

Within the construction segment, the leading causes of worker deaths were falls, followed by struck by object, electrocution, and caught-in/between. In 2012, 279 construction workers died from falls, 79 from being struck by an object, 66 from electrocutions and 13 from being caught in or between objects. “These ‘Fatal Four’ were responsible for more than half (54.2 percent) of construction worker deaths in 2012,” according to OSHA officials. “Eliminating the Fatal Four would save 437 workers’ lives in America every year.”

(Incidence rates represent the number of injuries and illnesses per 10,000 full-time workers) Source: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Glass and glazing contractors reported three fatalities during the year—two of which occurred among nonresidential glazing contractors. One of those fatalities was due to a fall, slip or trip. Glass manufacturers reported three fatalities, one due to contact with objects and equipment. The other two fatalities were caused by the worker being caught in or compressed by machinery or equipment.

The BLS also reported more than 900,000 workplace injuries or illnesses that resulted in days away from work in 2012, with an incidence rate of 102.3 injuries or illnesses per 10,000 fulltime workers. Both glazing contractors and glass manufacturers reported higher than average incidences of injury or illness during the year—133.7 for glazing contractors and 118.9 for glass manufacturers.

During 2012, glazing contractors reported 510 injuries or illnesses, down from 610 in 2011. Of those, 210 were a result of falls, slips or trips, and 110 were the result of contact with an object. Glass manufacturers reported 980 illnesses or injuries in 2012, up from 890 in 2011. Of these, 160 were the result of falls, slips or trips, and 390 were the result of contact with an object.