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How at risk are you at work? You may be surprised

You are not safe- Work related injuries are jut around the corner and few are doing something about it.

That’s at least to a new report from Lloyd’s Register Foundation and Gallup reveals about a fragmented global safety landscape.

Shaky international safety 

Safety implementation and enforcement are weak in many countries, the recently released report, Mapping Risk, reveals  adding that monitoring and gathering data on work-related injuries are “occasional, at best” in most countries. And globally, safety and risk data in general are patchy — if these data exist at all.

Because accidents — and even deaths — aren’t being recorded, safety measures are not implemented to prevent future deaths and injuries.

Key findings:

Globally, there are around 340 million occupational accidents and 160 million victims of work-related diseases each year. The corresponding loss of workdays accounts for almost 4% of the world’s GDP, or some $3.2 trillion.

Risk and safety data are often dispersed and fragmented, and there is no single set of health and safety performance indicators.

In the U.S., 5,147 workers died on the job in 2017 — 14 deaths, on average, every day. 4,674 worker fatalities were in private industry, of which 971 people, or 20.7%, were in the construction sector.

The European Union’s Occupational Safety and Health Agency (OSHA) estimates that work-related ill health and injury cost the European Union around 3.3% of its GDP a year, or some €476 billion (approximately $562 billion).

Reliable and credible safety data and consistent monitoring do not exist in usable formats for many countries in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.

Uber grounded in London

Uber has again been denied licence renewal in London over safety risks, two months after being given a two-month reprieve on its licence to operate in London. It was found Uber exhibited a “pattern of failures” which put “passenger safety and security at risk”.

Uber claims to have 3.5 million users and 45,000 registered drivers in the city.

The ride-hailing giants’ troubles in London began in 2017 when Transport for London (TfL) made the shock decision to deny its licence renewal, citing a range of concerns including how Uber reported criminal offences; carried out background checks on drivers; and its use of proprietary software it developed that could be used to block regulatory oversight.

In the latest decision against Uber, TfL concludes the company is not “fit and proper” to hold a private hire vehicle licence, saying it identified thousands of regulatory breaches, with a key issue being a change to Uber’s systems that allowed unauthorised drivers to upload their photos to other Uber driver accounts,  which occurred in at least 14,000 trips. 

The regulator says it identified further serious breaches, including several insurance-related issues. Some of these led it to prosecute Uber, earlier this year, for causing and permitting the use of vehicles without the correct hire or reward insurance in place.

Amazon fails miserably in workplace safety

A new investigation has claimed that Amazon attempted to dodge workplace safety regulators for years up until 2015. The company attempted to minimize the amount of injuries reported. In one case, the report alleges that investigators themselves attempted to minimize Amazon’s liability for a death that occurred in one of its warehouses.

Even Tesla…

Tesla Gigafactory workers have been struggling with workplace safety issues[U1], a local housing shortage, and even a lack of bathrooms at work, according to a new report by USA Today.

Tesla employees reportedly called 911 more than once a day on average in 2018, and some calls concerned possibly avoidable and grisly incidents, like “head injuries from unsecured construction debris blowing off the roof in a windstorm, and people falling through holes in the floor.” During a chemical spill at the plant, Tesla managers were not helpful to emergency response teams, and evacuation procedures were haphazard, the report says.