Each year the Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes the roster of “The Most Dangerous Jobs in the United States.” It takes a few years to compile this data, so the most recent report, just released, discloses that in 2013 only 4,585 workers died on the job, representing 3.3 deaths per 100,000 workers, per year. The good news is that the trend is improving, as are most safety trends such as aviation and automobile accidents.
If you scan the report there’s some interesting data about who is at greatest risk. Perhaps not terribly surprising, the statistics are highly skewed towards male workers, over the age of 45, [...]
As the greater body of scientific research illustrates again and again, the negative consequences of too much sitting—metabolic disorders, heart disease, premature death—are plentiful. As a result, more and more offices around the world are giving their employees the option to sit less throughout the day. But are devices like stand up desks, treadmill desks, and sit stand workstations, which make it easy for workers to get more movement out of their day, also causing these workers to sit more when they get home? One scientific study featured in the New York Times Blog by writer Gretchen Reynolds suggests that may be the case. But our staff experts, drawing from their own experience [...]