Perspectives: Field Notes

Worker Safety: Forget Political Correctness

Ignoring the cost of work-related deaths undermines safety.

By Dirk Willard, contributing editor
Aug 19, 2016

How much is a human life worth? According to the 2014 edition of the National Safety Council’s (NSC) “Injury Facts,” the direct cost of a work-related death in the U.S. is about $1 million. As a rule of thumb, the indirect costs are four times the direct costs. Nowadays, such fatalities are rare.

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