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How Is Workplace Safety Perceived in Your Industry?

July 26, 2016 By
On June 20, the National Safety Council (NSC) released the results of a survey on perceptions of workplace safety in the U.S. labor force. The research is based on interviews conducted in May with 2,000 respondents across a range of demographics and industries.

The results of the survey are summarized in “NSC Employee Perceptions of Workplace Safety Results Summary, June 2016“. As part of the research, respondents were asked to indicate whether they agreed with 12 workplace statements, in order to have insights into how safety is perceived in their industry.

For this post, we took the five workplace statements that we found the most interesting, and for each statement we provide the three industries where workers agreed the most with the statement. We also provide the three industries where workers agreed the least with the statement. Note that we excluded the industry categories “Non-Profit” and “Other”.

“Safety is a priority at my workplace”

Workers from these three industries agreed the most with the statement:

1) Construction: 87% of respondents
2) Health Care/Social Assistance: 80%
3) Manufacturing: 80%

Workers from these three industries agreed the least with the statement:

1) Information: 65%
2) Public Administration: 66%
3) Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Hunting: 67%

“Management does only the minimum required by law to keep employees safe”

Workers from these three industries agreed the most with the statement:

1) Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Hunting: 62% of respondents
2) Construction: 62%
3) Information: 56%

Workers from these three industries agreed the least with the statement:

1) Retail Trade: 26%
2) Educational Services: 29%
3) Manufacturing and Public Administration (Tie): 32%

“Safety takes a back seat to completing job tasks”

Workers from these three industries agreed the most with the statement:

1) Construction: 60% of respondents
2) Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Hunting: 52%
3) Information: 47%

Workers from these three industries agreed the least with the statement:

1) Educational Services: 21%
2) Retail Trade: 22%
3) Transportation/Warehousing: 27%

“Employees are afraid to report safety issues”

Workers from these three industries agreed the most with the statement:

1) Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Hunting: 61% of respondents
2) Construction: 61%
3) Arts/Entertainment/Recreation and Finance/Insurance (Tie): 37%

Workers from these three industries agreed the least with the statement:

1) Educational Services: 18%
2) Retail Trade: 19%
3) Manufacturing and Public Administration (Tie): 29%

“Employees are resistant to working safely”

Workers from these three industries agreed the most with the statement:

1) Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting: 61% of respondents
2) Construction: 55%
3) Information: 43%

Workers from these three industries agreed the least with the statement:

1) Retail Trade: 16%
2) Educational Services: 19%
3) Public Administration: 20%

We hope you found the results interesting and learned some valuable insights into the way safety is perceived in various industries in the U.S. Check out the full NCS survey results for more details.

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