Advancing the safety, health and sustainability of the global workplace.
Issue 1 - July 10, 2014
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Sustainability has become a buzzword in the business world. We have seen the dream of businesses implementing measures that recognize their commitment to environmental and social responsibility become a reality. When it comes to recognizing the importance of worker safety to sustainability, however, there is much work left to be done. Even as concern for a firm's carbon footprint, among other items, increases, little notice is given to its worker fatalities, injuries and illness rates. The International Labor Organization (ILO) estimates that every 15 seconds a worker dies due to a work-related accident or disease. 
The Center for Safety and Health Sustainability (CSHS) is working to drive worker safety and health into the core of the sustainability movement. Our vision is for all organizations to consider the safety, health and well-being of workers, customers and the community as part of their sustainable business practice. 

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Worker Sustainability: A Tale of Two Cities

Since FIFA selected Qatar to host 2022 World Cup, the occupational safety and health community has watched in shock as nearly a thousand workers have died constructing buildings being touted as "sustainable." This led CSHS Chair Tom Cecich to question: if it's "sustainable," why are workers dying? 
In a speech at the National Press Club this spring, Cecich compared London and Doha using the "Tale of Two Cities" analogy. See the full speech below. 

CSHS Chair Tom Cecich at the National Press Club
CSHS Chair Tom Cecich at the National Press Club

Doha 2022 World Cup London 2012 Olympics
2.2 Million Migrant Workers46,000 Workers
997 Deaths
Most Recent Numbers
0 Deaths
4,000 More Deaths Projected

Another Tale of Two Cities - this time, within the United States.  

City Center Las Vegas1 World Trade Center New York City
Cost $9.2 BillionCost $3.9 Billion
8,000 Workers10,000 Workers
12 Deaths0 Deaths
LEED Certified

The moral of this story is that even complex, large scale construction projects CAN be completed without loss of life. 


CSHS connected with the OSH community at ASSE's Safety 2014 conference in Orlando, Florida and AIHA's 2014 conference in San Antonio, TX. 
We look forward to meeting with the OSH community at CSSE 2014 in September!
Stay tuned for more activities, research, and news on advancing a safer global workplace.  

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