The Importance of U.S. Manufacturing

30. Technology Transforms Safety in the Workplace

Manufacturers see workplace safety as an important business tool. Rather than simply a cost of doing business, safety programs reduce costs and contribute to the bottom line. As a consequence, many companies have incorporated safety into their lean manufacturing culture. Safe practices reduce absenteeism, increase productivity, and improve efficiency, quality, and morale.
Between 1994 and 2012, the rate of occupational injuries in manufacturing facilities decreased by two-thirds, from just over 12 injuries per 100 workers to only 4. This is a substantially faster rate of improvement than that of the overall private sector.

To the Environment and Quality of Life


Technology Leads to a Cleaner and Greener Environment


The Industrial Sector's Energy Use Plateaus While Others' Increase


Industrial Fuel Use and Emissions Have Declined Below 1997 Levels


Technological Innovation Addresses Global Climate Change


Manufacturing Leads on Renewable Energy Usage


Technology Transforms Safety in the Workplace