AFL-CIO: 150 workers killed per day

AFL-CIO: 150 workers killed per day
© Greg Nash

The AFL-CIO says an average of 150 workers are killed each day.

In a new study released Wednesday, the AFL-CIO found that 4,821 employees were killed while working in 2014, while another 50,000 died from occupational diseases contracted over the years.

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The combined total comes out to about 150 workers per day. This is the same rate the AFL-CIO has reported over the past several years, revealing what it sees as little progress in workplace safety conditions.

The report found that Hispanics and older workers were hit the hardest.

“Working people should not have to risk their lives to make a living and support their families,” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said in a statement. “Yet every day, millions of Americans are forced to work with little to no safety protections while big businesses and corporations profit off our lives.”