Nonfatal Workplace Injury, Illness Rate Continues to Drop
Workplace injury and illness data released Nov. 8 by the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows a decline of 45,800 cases in 2017 compared to a year earlier.
According to estimates from the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses, 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 workers.
The 2017 rate of total recordable cases fell 0.1 cases per 100 FTEs, which continues a pattern of decline that, apart from 2012, has occurred annually since 2004.
In Connecticut, the rate of workplace injury and illness cases reported by private industry employers in 2017 was 3.2 per 100 FTEs, down from 3.3 in 2016 but higher than the national rate.
The total number of cases reported by private sector employers in Connecticut in 2017 was 37,600, down from 38,200 the previous year.
Cases Resulting in Days Away from Work
Nationally, nearly one-third of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses were of a more serious nature, resulting in days away from work.
There were 882,730 occupational injuries and illnesses in 2017 that resulted in days away from work in private industry, essentially unchanged from 2016.
The private industry incidence rate for DAFW cases was 89.4 cases per 10,000 FTEs in 2017.
The median days away from work—a key measure of the severity of cases—was 8 in 2017, unchanged from 2016.
The incidence rate of total recordable cases in manufacturing decreased in 2017, but the DAFW rate was unchanged from 2016 at 93 cases per 10,000 FTEs. There were 115,550 cases in manufacturing, essentially unchanged from 2016.
The median days away from work in manufacturing was 8, one day fewer than in 2016.
Sprains, strains, and tears was the leading type of injury in manufacturing at 34,110 cases, unchanged from 2016.
For detailed data broken out by various categories, including industry, occupation, and nature of injury, see the supplemental tables provided by the BLS.
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