Workplace Injuries Continue to Decline

Source: Dwight Smith - 123RF

Government data shows that recordable injuries and illnesses in the private sector continued their drop in 2017, with 45,800 fewer cases among adult full-time equivalent (FTE) employees than there were in 2016.

The data also shows that steady improvement in injury rates has been made in all industry sectors over the past 14 years, according to a recent report released by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

According to the report, there were approximately 2.8 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses reported by private industry employers in 2017, which occurred at a rate of 2.8 cases per 100 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.

Private industry employers reported nearly 45,800 fewer nonfatal injury and illness cases in 2017 compared to a year earlier, according to estimates from the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII).

The 2017 rate of total recordable cases (TRC) fell 0.1 cases per 100 FTE workers to continue a pattern of declines that, apart from 2012, occurred annually since 2004.

Sprains, strains, and tears was the leading type of injury in manufacturing at 34,110, unchanged from 2016, BLS reported.

The rate of 27.5 cases per 10,000 full-time workers was also unchanged from 2016. The median days away for injuries from sprains, strains and tears was 10, one day fewer than in 2016.