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3 May 2023

USA: AFL-CIO releases annual report on 2021 findings on worker health & safety

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The US trade union federation AFL-CIO has released its 2023 reported on worker safety and health in the United States of America. The report refers to data from 2021, and includes findings that 343 workers died each day from hazardous working conditions, that an estimated 120,000 workers died from occupational diseases, that Black and Latino workers continues to be at greatest risk of dying on the job, and that underreporting of abuses is widespread. In 2021, mining and construction accounted for the greatest proportion of fatalities.

The report and key findings can be read in full below.

Every American should be alarmed and outraged by the tragic data unearthed in this report. It is unconscionable that in the wealthiest nation in the world, Black and Latino workers are facing the highest on-the-job fatality rates in nearly two decades. This report is more than a wake-up call, it is a call to action. No one should have to risk their lives for their livelihoods. There is no corporate cost-benefit analysis that should put human life and worker safety on the wrong side of the ledger.
Liz Shuler, AFL-CIO President