As Americans celebrate the 75th anniversary of the completion of the Golden Gate Bridge, many are reflecting back on sweeping changes in workplace safety since the 1930s.  Workers who built the high-steel bridge understood a grim rule of thumb in those days: on average, one worker would die on the ...
One of the most disturbing trends in the American workforce is the high correlation between race and the likelihood of being killed on the job.  Fatality rates for Latino workers in the U.S. are considerably higher than for workers overall. At its peak in 2006, the annual rate of workplace fatality...
Sometimes measures to protect safety seem to go too far, as many pointed out after the recent prohibition on performers throwing candy to their audience during routines.  But if we look at workplace safety using the statisticians’ tool known as the micromort (defined as a one-in-a-million chance...