The labor movement has always led the charge to protect working people from workplace injury, illness and death. Through organizing and collective bargaining, unions have gained strong protections and rights that give workers a real voice in safety and health at the workplace.

The Workplace Safety and Health program is dedicated to making workplaces and communities safer and more secure by improving occupational safety and health training services. The program tailors training courses to the needs of workers and employers, generating new and innovative training methods and identifying best practices for disseminating information to workers. The program’s focus on innovative training and education increases workers’ security awareness and creates an active “culture of safety” in the workplace.

Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect, 2019

This 2019 edition of “Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect” marks the 28th year the AFL-CIO has produced a report on the state of safety and health protections for America’s workers. This report features national and state information on workplace fatalities, injuries, illnesses, the number and frequency of workplace inspections, penalties, funding, staffing and public employee coverage under the Occupational Safety and Health Act. It also includes information on the state of mine safety and health.