WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — A new report reveals that 150 Americans die each day from job-related injuries or illnesses.
The AFL-CIO study released Tuesday found that 4,693 workers were killed on the job and an estimated 50,000 workers died from occupational diseases in 2011. That comes out to an average of 13 people killed on the job and 137 others dying from illnesses per day.
“No one should have to sacrifice his or her life or health and safety in order to earn a decent living,” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said in a statement.
The “Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect” study points the finger at Republicans and the Obama administration for not strengthening job safety laws.
The AFL-CIO says that the Occupational Safety and Health and the Mine Safety and Health Administrations are underfunded and understaffed. With OSHA’s current staffing levels, the group would need 113 years to inspect the nation’s 8 million workplaces.
“Elected leaders, business groups and employers refuse to provide stronger protections for working families and are actively trying to dismantle working people’s right to collectively bargain on the job and speak out against unsafe, unjust working conditions,” Trumka said. “This is a disgrace to all those who have died. America’s workers deserve better.”
The group’s study calls for MSHA to have the authority to shut down dangerous mines that have been repeat violators and also for Congress to pass the Protecting America’s Workers Act that would strengthen the rights of workers, unions and victims.