New OSHA Report Finds That NFL Workplace Injuries Significantly Higher Than National Average

Updated: August 17, 2012

In a scathing new report released Thursday, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) found that employees of all 32 NFL teams suffer on the job injuries at a rate “significantly higher” than that of the national average.


DeSean Jackson injured

“The NFL’s workplace safety record is downright shocking,”said Michael Wood, Vice Chair of OSHA’s Board of Directors. In 2011 alone, over 1,550 players reported being inured at some point, ranging from minor bumps and bruises to broken limbs, concussions, fractured ribs, and more. Bear in mind, this is an organization that only employs approximately 1,700 players. That’s an injury rate of over 88%. This is simply unacceptable.”


Asked what measures teams could be taking to reduce workplace injuries, Wood responded, “It’s hard to say. There’s any number of adjustments a company can make to better ensure their employees’ safety. Putting up a CPR chart in the break room, for example, can be helpful. Making sure that all work areas are clean and well lit is recommended as well.”


NFL Spokesman Greg Aiello claimed that the league takes the report “very seriously.”


“We strive to create a work environment for our employees that is safe, productive and enjoyable. Honestly, we’re not sure why our workplace injury rate is this high, but I can assure you that we are taking appropriate measures. As we speak, each of our franchises are purchasing ergonomic chairs and keyboards, and encouraging employees not to stack boxes or leave tripping hazards near any fire exits. We feel sure these measures will get our safety record back in line.”



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