Workplace injuries are no joke. In 2013, they claimed 4,585 lives, according to a report from the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health. On top of that, it's thought that exposure may cause up to 50,000 deaths annually.
A medical professor at the University of Chicago was hit by a car while he was out for a morning jog early in the morning on July 20. He died from his injuries at the scene. The professor, who was 74 years old, specialized in kidney disease.
People make mistakes when they get tired. Fatigue is a known safety hazard in many industries. One of the reasons for establishing the 40-hour work week was to cut down on the number of fatal workplace accidents. The Fair Labor Standards Act codified this limitation on working hours in 1938 as part of Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal. The FLSA was a step forward for workers, but not every job was included in its protections. Salaried employees and professionals do not qualify for overtime pay and are often expected to work more than 40 hours in a week. In fact, according to a Gallup survey, the average work week for full-time employees is 47 hours. For medical residents, 40 hours is an unusually long shift.
If you think medication errors are uncommon, it's important to know that some reports have shown them to be the seventh leading cause of death and a rather common type of medical malpractice. Below are a few key statistics to note from studies that have been conducted:
The Illinois State Police are reporting that one person died in a car accident on the Fourth of July, while two others were injured. The injured parties were both drivers in their respective cars, while the person who died was the passenger in one of the vehicles.