Safety Statistics and Data

Be equipped with data to understand the risks to your environment and to build a safety and security plan. 

Understanding the Risks to Safety 

Our society has a greater level of tension now than ever before. COVID-19 quarantines, unemployment, economic instability, and political and racial divisiveness lead to increased stress and anxiety for all members of all ages in our communities.

While the daily news covers violent incidents across the country, school districts also report that they are preparing for the increased occurrence of both medical and behavioral situations that will occur as students return to campus. While the volume of attention has currently been on safety related to COVID-19, districts should not ignore the risk that other tensions will play out in the classroom and on campus.

Nearly half of all voters are Concerned Violent Riots will come to their Communities
“Half the country being worried about violence in their own community is a startling fact…roughly half the voters in each party is concerned.” Scott Rasmussen, September 1, 2020


Coronavirus Pandemic Causing Anxiety, Depression in Americans, CDC Finds
The most recent Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed the following stats on respondents: 

  • 41% have faced mental health challenges related to COVID-19
  • 31% are experiencing anxiety or depression symptoms
  • 13% started or increased substance use 
  • 26% are experiencing trauma or stress-related disorder symptoms
  • 11% have seriously considered suicide in 30 days prior to the survey
  • 25% of younger people reported thoughts of suicide in the previous 30 days

Virtual suspensions. Mask rules. More trauma. Why some worry a student discipline crisis is on the horizon

“it’s likely there will be an uptick in misbehavior. With their movement restricted, students will have fewer avenues to de-stress. Some students will be experiencing new or added trauma, which can cause students to act out.” Chalkbeat, August 21, 2020 

Recent high profile cases of sexual assault against housekeepers shed light on the widespread problem of harassment of female hotel workers.

Hotel employees also have a high rate of occupational injuries including incidents of acute trauma in kitchen workers.

Outfitting hospitality staff with an effective emergency response solution saves lives.

The Facts:
About 5% of hotel workers are injured on the job (National Library of Medicine)
Housekeepers make up nearly 8% of all reported injuries (National Library of Medicine)
In 2013, 2,380 injuries and 107 deaths directly related to workplace violence in hospitality were reported across the U.S (National Safety Council)
Of 46 female hotel workers polled from 5 star hotels in Queensland, Australia, 44 experienced some kind of inappropriate advance from a male guest (Gender, Work & Organization Journal)

Harassment in Hospitality: How Can We Prevent It?

“The type of harassment involves everything from claims of a hostile working environment which might arise from foul language being used by cook staff in the kitchen to outright sexual battery by a guest toward a housekeeper,”, May, 2020

How a button became one of the greatest #MeToo victories
“Those who now have the protection of a panic button say their work place experience has been life-changing.” Vox, October 1, 2019

The healthcare industry employs more than 15 million people across the U.S. including hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and residential care facilities. Long hours, emotional stress, and physical strain all contribute to a myriad of incidents across the healthcare spectrum. It is no wonder healthcare is the number one most dangerous job when it comes to nonfatal injuries.

The Facts:
Over 1.3 million healthcare workers are injured on the job each year (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
The level of violence against healthcare workers increased a dramatic 63% from 2006 to 2016 (H.R. 1309)
From 2002 to 2013, the rate of serious workplace violence incidents (those requiring days off for an injured worker to recuperate) was more than four times greater in healthcare than in private industry on average (OSHA)
Healthcare professionals reported more than 730,000 cases of assault from 2009 – 2013 (Government Accountability Office)
64% of households with a health care worker said worry and stress over the coronavirus caused them to experience at least one adverse effect, such as difficulty sleeping or eating, increases in alcohol consumption or substance use, and worsening chronic conditions, on their mental health and wellbeing (KFF Tracking Poll)

‘Epidemic’: 75% of workplace assaults happen to healthcare workers
“Workplace violence is in every health care institution across the country. Large and small, urban, rural — it occurs everywhere.” ABC News, December 21, 2019

Facing Escalating Workplace Violence, Hospital Employees Have Had Enough
“There is a very fundamental problem in U.S. health care that very few people speak about and that’s the violence against health care workers. Daily — literally, daily — we are exposed to violent outbursts, in particular in emergency rooms.” NPR, April 8, 2019

From manufacturing plants to leasing offices, employees across all industries are accidentally injured or purposely victimized at alarmingly high rates. Overall, workplace violence accounts for 18% of all violent crime. Each year thousands of U.S. workers die and millions more are injured in workplace accidents.

Even before the coronavirus pandemic hit, manufacturing was an industry filled with risks; therefore, manufacturers already know that emergency response plans are critical to keep a facility running safely, but especially so during a pandemic.

The Facts:

Nearly 21 million Americans are living with substance use disorder, according to the U.S. Surgeon General (National Safety Council)

Three-quarters of those struggling with alcohol, pain medication, marijuana and other substance use disorders are employed. (National Safety Council)

Every 7 seconds, a worker is injured on the job (National Safety Council)

4,383 fatal work accidents and 3.7 million nonfatal work injuries were reported in 2012 (Bureau of Labor Statistics)

14% of Americans say they do not feel safe at work. Nearly a quarter of employees and almost half of HR professionals polled said they had experienced an incident of workplace violence (Society for Human Resource Management)

In 2018, workplace assaults resulted in 20,790 injuries and 453 fatalities (Injury Facts®.)

4.4% of manufacturing workers are injured on the job each year (National Safety Council)

342 fatal injuries and 395,300 non-fatal injuries were reported in the manufacturing industry in 2018 (Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Workers in heavy manufacturing like machinery, metal, or wood products experience an injury rate of 6 out of 100 (National Safety Council)

20,000 workers are injured in forklift accidents each year (National Safety Council)

Real Estate:

40% of real estate agents reported situations that made them fear for their personal safety (2015 National Association of Realtors study)

About 4% of all construction workers are injured each year (National Safety Council)
60% of all construction worker injuries were the result of falling (National Safety Council)

Some industries have proven themselves to be more dangerous than others. Here are the most accident-prone industries according to their research and statistics:

Most Dangerous Industries for Fatal Work Accidents (National Safety Council)

• Construction
• Transportation
• Agriculture
• Professional and business services
• Government
• Manufacturing
• Mining
• Wholesale and retail trade
• Leisure and hospitality
• Educational and health services

Most Dangerous Industries for Nonfatal Work Accidents

• Agriculture
• Mining
• Construction
• Manufacturing
• Wholesale and retail trade
• Transportation
• Utilities
• Financial activities
• Professional and business services
• Leisure and hospitality