WORKPLACE INJURIES AND ILLNESSES–2011
Because we do not have access to the numbers of injuries for the year 2012 yet, we will present the numbers for 2011 here, which were compiled and presented on Oct. 25th, 2012 by the IIF staff. Although these numbers are from 2011, we still can get a sense of an important trend – which we believe is based upon and afffected by, the ongoing efforts of OSHA and other agencies, as well as employers and business owners who now take safety more seriously than ever.
Just what is that trend we mentioned? Safety Programs work!
Nearly 3.0 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses were reported by private industry employers in 2011, resulting in an incidence rate of 3.5 cases per 100 equivalent full-time workers, according to estimates from the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII) conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. (See tables 1 and 2.) The rate reported for 2011 was unchanged for the first time in a decade during which the total recordable cases (TRC) injury and illness incidence rate among private industry employers declined significantly each year since 2002, when estimates from the SOII were first published using the current OSHA requirements for recording occupational injuries and illnesses.
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