The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) was created in 1970 to put a stop to the tens of thousands of workplace fatalities that happened each year. Since then, the agency has saved the lives of more than 590,000 workers. Still, far too many Americans die, get sick or are injured at work. An estimated 95,000 Americans die annually from work-related diseases, such as cancer due to chemical exposures at work. More than 5,000 Americans are killed at work each year by traumatic events such as falls, vehicle crashes, or being caught in machinery. Employers report almost 3.5 million work-related injuries and illnesses each year, and they do not report all that occur. The true number is at least seven million but could be over 10 million.
Worker safety standards have been significantly weakened over the past few years, leaving all Americans more vulnerable to the Coronavirus pandemic and work related injuries.