New data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show that there were approximately 2.9 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses reported by U.S. private industry employers in 2015. This is about 48,000 fewer than in 2014, continuing a pattern of decline that has continued almost every year over the past 13 years.
While the number of workplace injuries and illnesses continues to decrease slightly each year, “far too many” workers are still getting hurt on the job, said OSHA’s Dr. David Michaels in a response to the BLS report.
“At OSHA, we will continue to do all that we can to continue driving the rate down,” he said.
Additional Details from the Report
- Injuries and illnesses occurred at a rate of 3.0 cases per 100 equivalent full-time workers.
- Over half of the reported injuries and illnesses in 2015 involved days away from work, job transfer, or restriction.
- Of the 2.9 million injuries and illnesses reported, 95.2 percent were injuries and 4.8 percent were illnesses.
- Of the 19 private industry sectors, wholesale trade was the only sector in which the rate of injuries and illnesses increased in 2015, rising from 2.9 cases per 100 full-time workers in 2014 to 3.1 cases in 2015.
- In the public sector, an estimated 752,600 injury and illness cases were reported in 2015. These cases involved state and local government workers in schools, hospitals, and police or fire protection, for example.
You can find the detailed BLS news release here.
Preventing Workplace Injuries
With millions of American workers reported hurt each year, the annual BLS data is a reminder of how critical it is to take the proper steps for workplace safety. Many incidents can be prevented with the right processes and safeguards in place.
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