Building Safe and Healthy Workplaces for Every Worker in America

Despite a 45-year-old law requiring employers to provide a safe workplace, more than 4,600 working people are killed on the job every year, and nearly three million are seriously injured. Many low-wage jobs are dangerous jobs where workers suffer much higher rates of serious job injuries.

For injured workers—especially low-wage workers—a work injury can cause serious physical suffering and have enormous economic consequences, since studies show that workers pick up almost 50 percent of the costs of a work-related injury.

NELP is working to strengthen safety and health protections for low-wage workers by fighting for improved safety and health standards and workers’ compensation laws; advocating for robust enforcement of safety and anti-retaliation protections in low-wage industries; and building effective campaigns to hold low-wage employers accountable.

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