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Perceptions of Workplace Safety Vary by Industry

July 31, 2017 By
In July 2016, we published a post on perceptions of workplace safety in the U.S. The post was based on a survey released by the National Safety Council (NSC). In April of this year, the NSC released an updated survey, based on interviews conducted in February 2017 with 2,000 respondents across many industries. As part of the NSC research, respondents were asked to indicate whether they agreed with 26 workplace statements, in order to understand perceptions of workplace safety in the U.S.

Just as we did for the post we published a year ago, we took the five most interesting workplace statements, and for each statement we provide: 1) the three industries where workers agreed the most with the statement, and 2) 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) Transportation/Warehousing: 84%
3) Professional/Scientific/Technical Services: 83%

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

1) Public Administration: 61%
2) Arts/Entertainment/Recreation: 70%
3) Retail Trade: 70%

“Management shows they care about employee safety”

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

1) Professional/Scientific/Technical Services: 86% of respondents
2) Construction: 84%
3) Transportation/Warehousing: 84%

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

1) Retail Trade: 61%
2) Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Hunting: 72%
3) Public Administration: 72%

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

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

1) Information: 61% of respondents
2) Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Hunting: 52%
3) Construction: 51%

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

1) Public Administration: 27%
2) Health Care/Social Assistance: 30%
3) Educational Services: 32%

“Safety takes a back seat to completing job tasks”

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

1) Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Hunting: 68% of respondents
2) Construction: 58%
3) Information: 57%

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

1) Retail Trade: 19%
2) Health Care/Social Assistance: 25%
3) Public Administration and Transportation/Warehousing (Tie): 28%

“Employees are afraid to report safety issues”

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

1) Information: 60% of respondents
2) Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Hunting: 54%
3) Construction: 47%

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

1) Public Administration: 14%
2) Retail Trade: 15%
3) Educational Services and Health Care/Social Assistance (Tie): 24%

If you found these results interesting and would like to learn more, check out the full NCS survey results for more details.

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