We often take for granted various workplace safety laws that have been put in place by the federal, state and local governments to prevent and compensate us for workplace injuries and death. It wasn’t all that long ago that a safe work environment was not exactly the norm. From the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which oversees safe working conditions to prevent workplace injuries, to our workers’ compensation system that typically provide workers with pay to cover lost wages and medical bills, we are lucky to have these protections in place.
I was reminded of this fact when I read this blog post about Sherpas in Nepal. According to the post and the article it cites, being a Sherpa is the most dangerous service job in the world. This is another reminder that, despite how we typically feel about work, we don’t have it so badly.