While the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has recently issued an alert aimed at employees and employers, the most recent high-profile examples of the risks in Southwest Florida involve local athletes, several of whom have suffered serious or fatal injuries resulting from working out during Florida’s brutal summer months.
Thirteen workers a day died on the job during the first year of the pandemic, according to newly released data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
That’s down from 5,190 in 2016, a reduction that safety advocates largely attribute to the pandemic. However, the nation has undergone unprecedented change in the workplace since the start of the pandemic, and many of the consequences remain unknown. With record numbers of employees changing careers, jobs and occupations, the coming years will likely reveal the consequences of a host of changing risk factors.