September 4, 2016
On this Labor Day weekend, I am reminded that
work isn’t always “safe.”
Some jobs make it onto reality TV shows because they’re outrageously dangerous –
ice road truckers for examples.
I didn’t know there was such a thing as an ‘ice road trucker,’
but the show on the History channel
tells the stories of these men and women who drive their heavy loads over frozen lakes
to bring supplies to remote areas in Canada and Alaska.[i]
Yes – an accident waiting to happen!
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics,
in 2014 there were nearly 3 million non-fatal work-related injuries,
and almost 5000 people died from injuries on the job.
(And these are only the physical injuries.)