Emerging Labor Market Trends and Workplace Safety and Health

Nicole Nestoriak and John Ruser

in Labor in the New Economy

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780226001432
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226001463 | DOI:
Emerging Labor Market Trends and Workplace Safety and Health

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This chapter discusses the emerging labor market trends that will impact occupational safety and health. It mentions that the Bureau of Labor Statistics conducts two data programs to track injuries, illnesses, and fatalities that occur in U.S. workplaces: the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses and the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries. The chapter assesses the impact of changes in workplace safety and health from 2004 to 2014 in the labor force distributions by age, gender, industry, and occupation. It suggests that the labor force shifts between this period will have perceptible impacts on the frequency and distribution of workplace injuries and illnesses. Aging of the workforce (and gender shifts) will result in an increase in more severe injuries, such as fractures and fatalities, while falls will become a more frequent event associated with workplace injuries.

Keywords: labor market; industrial health; occupational safety; workplace safety; United States

Chapter.  12174 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Microeconomics

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