Over the past several years, research has shown an increase in injury and death rates among workers in some industries. One occupation that continues to be a focus for researchers and safety advocates is warehouse work. Safety among warehouse workers is a huge concern among safety officials, especially as reports continue to suggest that companies like Amazon do not have proper safety protocols in place.
This all begs the question of whether warehouse worker injuries and deaths are on the rise? Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) suggests they are. Consider the following:
- In 2018, there were 1,198,000 warehouse workers in the United States.
- The injury rate among warehouse workers in 2018 was 5.1 per 100 workers.
- The injury rate equates to more than 60,000 injuries in 2018.
- In 2015, there were 11 fatalities in the warehousing industry. In 2018, there were 26.