Employers are faced with new challenges within the workplace everyday. Promoting a culture of safety, can not only keep employees out of harm's way, but boost productivity and engagement. The following statistics highlight workplace safety along with the benefits of engaged employees

Workplace Safety Statistics

  • In 2018, there were 3.1 preventable injury-related deaths per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers. (NSC)
  • In 2018, there were 4,600,000 medically consulted injuries. (NSC)
  • In 2018, occupational safety costs totaled $170.8 billion. (NSC)
  • In 2018, the industry sector experiencing the largest number of preventable fatal injuries was construction, followed by transportation and warehousing. (NSC)
  • Within the private industry, there were 900,380 injuries or illnesses that caused a worker to miss at least one day of work in 2018. (U.S. Bureau of Labor)
  • Of the 126,850 cases involving days away from work in retail trade in 2018, those resulting from falls, slips, or trips increased to 34,190 cases, an increase of 11 percent from 2017. (U.S. Bureau of Labor)
  • In 2018, a total of 333,830 DAFW cases resulted in a visit to a medical facility such as an emergency room or in-patient hospital. (U.S. Bureau of Labor)
  • In 2018, on average, more than 100 workplace fatalities occurred a week or more than 14 deaths every day. (OSHA)
  • Out of 4,779 worker fatalities in the private industry, calendar year 2018, 1,008 or 21.1% were in construction (OSHA)
  • Struck By Object accounted for 11.1% of Construction industry workplace fatalities in 2018. (OSHA)


Employee Engagement and Well-Being Statistics

  • Business units with engagement scores in the top quartile of Gallup's employee engagement database have 70% fewer safety incidents compared with bottom-quartile units. (Gallup)
  • In March 2016, Gallup reported that 34% of U.S. employees were engaged, along with 16.5% who were "actively disengaged" (Gallup)
  • Highly engaged business units realize a 41% reduction in absenteeism and a 17% increase in productivity. (Gallup)
  • In high-turnover organizations, highly engaged business units achieve 24% less turnover. (Gallup)
  • Employees who feel their voice is heard are 4.6 times more likely to feel empowered to perform their best work. (Salesforce)
  • 71 percent of companies see people analytics as a high priority in their organizations. (Deloitte)
  • Companies who value and cultivate employee experience have four times the average profits of their non experiential peers and see 40 percent less turnover. (SHRM)
  • Companies who lead their fields in customer experience have employees who are 60 percent more engaged than staff in companies who put less emphasis on the customer experience. (HR Technologist)
  • In May 2020, the percentage of U.S. adults who evaluate their lives well enough to be considered "thriving" has dropped to 46.4%, matching the low point measured in November 2008 during the Great Recession. (Gallup)
  • 96% of employees believe showing empathy is an important way to advance employee retention. (Forbes)

By implementing a workplace safety incentive program, you can encourage safe behaviors through exciting and unique rewards. Our safety incentive program combined with our People Are Everything™ platform provides you with key predictive trends and leading indicators related to your employees safety. This gives you the ability to prevent accidents before they occur and constantly improve your overall program. Schedule a demo today to learn how the C.A. Short company can help your business!

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