Study shows one third of American workers say safety not a top priority in their workplaces

Study shows one third of American workers say safety not a top priority in their workplaces

The results of a study recently conducted has been released by the National Safety Council showing that 33 percent of 2,000 employees surveyed across the U.S. believe their employers prioritize productivity over safety.

The percentage was higher among workers in high-risk industries. There were sixty percent respondents from the construction industry, and 52 percent in agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting who felt safety was not as important as finishing tasks.

The survey is based on the Council’s Employer Perception Survey released during National Safety Month.

“Every employee deserves a safe workplace,” said National Safety Council President and CEO Deborah A.P. Hersman. “While some of our findings were encouraging, others were a stark reminder of how far we still have to go to ensure safety is every employer’s highest priority.

Other key findings include:

  • 62% of construction workers, and those in agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, believe management does only the minimum required by law to keep employees safe
  • 49% of temporary and contract workers, and 41% of employees working in healthcare settings, said they were afraid to report safety issues
  • 61 percent of employees in the agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting industry say there is resistance to working safely among employees.
  • 70 percent of employees say safety training is part of their orientation and that employee health and wellbeing is promoted at work