GRANITE CITY, IL- Newschannel20.com writes that a man died in an incident at a steel foundry on Thursday, December 13, 2018. The victim was identified as Roy Evans, 54, of Carrolton. Evans was seriously hurt while working at the American Steel Foundry, which is located in Granite City in southwestern Illinois. Evans was transported to the hospital where he later died from the injuries he sustained in the accident.*
The accident is under investigation by the police and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Workplacesare required to meet certain safety standards set by OSHA, which was founded in 1970 as a way to protect worker’s health and safety. Statistically, about 553,000 workers have likely been saved by the regulations put in place by OSHA. Still, there are thousands of workers who die because of their jobs in the United States. In 2015, 4,836 workers died while working at their jobs. Estimates indicate that occupationally related diseases killed another 50,000 to 60,000 people. Thenumber of injured workers numbers in the millions.
Certain demographics are at a greater risk of injuries and deaths on the job. Immigrants and Latino workers have a rate of fatal on the job injuries that is about 18 percent higher than the national average. Workers over 55-years-old are also at greaterrisk. In 2015, 35 percent of individuals killed on the job were 55 or older, and the risk of death was 2.5 times higher for workers 65-years-old or more than for the population in general.
In the private sector, the most dangerous areas to work in areconstruction, transportation,andagriculture.
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