There were 5,147 workplace fatalities in 2017, according to the AFL-CIO. In its report entitled, "Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect," the labor union federation is calling for more awareness of the hazards faced by workers and for the implementation of safer practices. New Hampshire residents should know that this report was released as a part of Workers' Memorial Week, which took place from April 22 to 29, 2019.
People in New Hampshire and everywhere else face a certain level of risk while on the job. The 2019 Liberty Mutual index has ranked the most common types of injuries based on data collected in 2016. The most common injury on the list was overexertion caused by outside sources. However, the most common injury in the construction and professional services industries was falls from the same level.
Construction sites can become problematic in the winter months. New Hampshire companies and others should take steps to make them as safe as possible once the weather turns colder. For instance, it is a good idea to mark any areas that could not be filled in prior to the arrival of ice and snow. Any inclines should be covered with dirt, sand or other material to make them less slippery in the winter.