As a safety pro, you’ve probably met a number of non-believers when it comes to warning workers about hazards. “What are the odds of that happening here?” they might ask. Now you can tell them, thanks to a new Web site.
The Book of Odds (www.bookofodds.com) compares the risks and uncertainties of daily life.
The site has an entire category on Accidents & Deaths, and a sub-section on Workplace Accidents.
Among the statistics you’d find there:
- 1 in 25.89: the odds a workplace death will be caused by an electric current
- 1 in 32.86: the odds a workplace death will be caused by an aircraft accident
- 1 in 16.05: the odds a workplace death will be caused by being struck by a vehicle.
You get the picture. So a worker is more likely to die on the job from being struck by a vehicle than an aircraft accident.
Short articles on topics also contain links to the source of the information, such as the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
So the next time naysayers in a safety training class say, “What’s the chance of that kind of accident happening here?” you can tell them.