US workplace injuries on the decline

01-11-2010

US non-fatal workplace injuries and illnesses fell about 8 per cent last year, according to the US Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics. (BLS)

And manufacturers had the largest one-year percentage drop in workplace injuries for at least six years.

Non-fatal workplace injuries and illnesses affected 3.6 per cent of full-time workers in the US last year – down from 3.9 per cent the previous year.

State and local government workers had the highest incidence of injuries and illnesses. They were about three times as likely to be hurt or sick as workers in the information and financial-services fields.

Declines in manufacturing-industry incidents helped pull the overall numbers down.

Manufacturing illnesses and injuries dropped about 12 per cent last year to 4.3 per cent of all full-time workers – the lowest figure since the BLS started keeping such statistics in 2003.

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