We draw to the end of Women’s History Month, so it makes sense that we should not let it pass without putting our slant on this celebration of women’s achievements. Unfortunately, our news does not paint a rosy picture. The National Safety Council (NSC) released its analysis of the data regarding injuries in the workplace for 2017. There were a number of areas where women were disproportionately more likely to be injured on the job than their male counterparts.
Assaults upon women much more likely
The most disturbing data is that women made up 70 percent of assault-related injuries that resulted in missed work by the victims. A total of 12,820 women workers sustained these injuries in 2017, which is up 60 percent from 2011. Their male coworkers were involved in 5,530 assault-related injuries in 2017.
Occupations more dangerous to women
Professions with a disproportionately higher number of non-fatal injuries or illness include:
- 80 percent of all injured or ill healthcare workers
- 61 percent of all injured or ill workers in education
- 60 percent of all injured or ill office workers, finance workers or managers
Other areas of concern
Women workers were disproportionately affected by injuries for the following:
- 61 percent of all repetitive motion injuries
- 59 percent of all injuries accidentally caused by someone else
- 57 percent of falls from the same level
Everyone deserves to be safe in the workplace
The NSC has not yet broken down the numbers on a state-by-state basis. However, businesses here in Pennsylvania do not need to wait to reevaluate how they can make the workplace safe for all. This can include being aware of the inherent dangers of the work, changing safety protocols and educating staff and management.
Women workers injured on the job should seek medical care as soon as possible. Whether they file a workers’ compensation claim or file a lawsuit against the negligent parties, the injured can seek assistance from an attorney experienced in handling workplace injuries.