Thousands of fatal industrial accidents occur in the United States each year. While the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations and other general safety standards have been improving workplaces since the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, unforeseeable accidents are impossible to prevent. Fatalities can occur in less dangerous workplaces like offices and retailers, but it’s much more likely for an accidental death to occur in industrial settings. Factories, construction sites, warehouses, and other areas where there are many moving parts, heavy machinery, heights, and so on have the highest rates of accidental injury and fatality. If you have had an accidental tragedy occur to any of your employees resulting in death, you are responsible for the cleanup of the scene after authorities have processed the event. Cleanup of body fluids and other hazardous materials should always be done by professionals with access to the necessary tools, equipment, and training. For complete trauma cleanup in Exton, PA, and the region, ServiceMaster Professional Cleaning and Restoration offers 24/7/365 biohazard removal and crime scene cleaning.
Industrial accidents resulting in fatality often lead to a workspace exposure to biohazards like body fluids that can pose a risk for any other employees in the vicinity. These materials can also compromise products or equipment. Both of these reasons make it critical to seek professional help and comprehensively clean the scene of an accident as soon as you can.
Professional Trauma Cleanup
Not only do our trauma cleanup services cover the safe removal of hazardous materials, proper disposal of the materials, and full sanitation of the impacted space, they also alleviate the stress of property owners, businesses, and employees as they move on from the trauma of the event. Our cleanup technicians are compassionate, sensitive, and professional when working to remove biohazards after any accident or other traumatic incident.
In 2021, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics took a deep dive into workplace fatalities with a thorough census. Largely due to the shutdowns of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, this census was meant to reestablish general statistics that could help OSHA and the bureau improve workplace safety laws.
Some basic statistics this census found include:
- A total of 5,190 occupational fatalities occurred in 2021.
- These fatalities mark about 3.6 deaths per 100,000 workers.
- Of the year’s fatalities, 12.6% were Black or African American workers.
- Also of the year’s fatalities, 8.6% were female workers.
- The highest causes of workplace fatalities were transportation incidents, falls, electrocution, and catches in between equipment or materials.
- Worker deaths due to exposure to harmful environments and substances totaled 798 in 2021, the highest rate since 2011.
- Transportation industries had the highest rate of fatalities by far, with construction and extraction industries listed as second.
There is a wealth of information about all workplace fatalities reported in this census, and you can learn more about OSHA fatality reports here. Any workplace fatalities should be handled by authorities, and then treated and sanitized by a professional trauma cleanup crew.
For more information about trauma cleanup in Exton, PA, contact ServiceMaster Professional Cleaning and Restoration at (610) 524-8003 to reach our main office.