It is probably reasonable to assume that most employees in the developed world go to work each day with the belief that they can return home safely at the end of their workday. Yet the available data from a number of industrialized countries over the last several decades suggests that this assumption is questionable. Workplace fatalities continue at an alarming rate. In 2013, in the United States, there were 4,585 fatal workplace injuries. In the same year, there were 902 fatal workplace injuries in Canada. The frequency of disabling work injuries is also staggering. For example, in 2013, there were 109.4 cases per 10,000 full-time workers requiring time off work in the United States, with approximately 4.1 million days lost due to work injuries in ...

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