One of Americas Most Dangerous Jobs.
The year 2016 has been named the deadliest year in the U.S. for workers. It's been almost a decade since work related deaths have been this high.
The 2017 top violations remain largely unchanged from 2016, with fall protection General Requirements at the top of the lost. However, in 2017 "Fall Protection - Training Requirements", is now added to the top 10 list, at number nine.
Falls cause more deaths in construction than any other hazard, accounting for one-third of on-the-job injury deaths in the industry. Workers who are performing jobs 6 feet or higher on ladders, scaffolds, and roofs are at risk of falling and sustaining serious injuries or even death.
More than 350,000 workplace fatalities and more than 270 million workplace injuries occur annually worldwide. Efforts by the United States government to ensure workplace health and safety were minimal until President Richard Nixon signed the Occupational Safety and Health Act into law on December 29, 1970. The Act created the three agencies that administer it which are the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. Its main goal is to ensure that employers provide employees with an environment free from recognized hazards, such as exposure to toxic chemicals, excessive noise levels, mechanical dangers, heat or cold stress, or unsanitary conditions.
On Wednesday, May 11, 2016, a contractor was fatally injured at the Exxon Mobil plant in Beaumont, Texas. Emergency officials were called to the plant around 12:30 a.m. The refinery, chemicals plant, and lube plant are located on approximately 2,400 acres near downtown Beaumont. The refinery processes approximately 365,000 barrels of crude oil per day and produces 2.8 billion gallons of gasoline annually and employs approximately 2,000 people and more than 1,000 contractors.