In a bit of good news for labor, the amount of nonfatal injuries continues to fall in the workplace.
There were approximately 2.9 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses reported by private industry employers in 2015, which occurred at a rate of 3.0 cases per 100 equivalent full time workers, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. The 2015 rate continues a pattern of declines that, apart from 2012, occurred annually for the last 13 years.
This is a pattern in private industry that shows nearly 48,000 fewer nonfatal injury and illness cases in 2015 compared to 2014 and has resulted in a lower “total recordable cases” (TRC) and “days away from work” (DAFW) rates as well.
Six of the 19 private industry sectors reported a decline in the rate of injuries and illnesses in 2015: mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction; manufacturing; transportation and warehousing; finance and insurance; health care and social assistance; and accommodation and food services.
Safety is still paramount!