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Are Workplace Injuries & Fatalities Declining the United States?

Are Workplace Injuries & Fatalities Declining the United States?

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Are workplace injuries and fatalities declining in the United States? What factors are driving the changes in the data, and does this reflect a change in the need for workers' compensation coverage? Nationwide, the number of injuries and fatalities are declining even as unemployment rates continue to drop. This is good news as the number of Americans working reaches all-time highs. However, the data also shows that workers within manufacturing and production industries remain at considerable risk of injury.

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Nearly 2.8 million nonfatal injuries and illnesses were reported by private sector employers in 2017. This equates to an injury rate of 2.8 per 100 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees. Overall, it was 45,800 fewer nonfatal injuries and illnesses than were reported in 2016.

The data shows that the rates of injuries have steadily declined over the past 15 years. In 2003, the rate of injuries and fatalities was 5. per 100 FTE workers. Unsurprisingly, the number of injuries and illnesses that required time away from work has also declined. In 2003, this rate was 1.5 per 100 FTE workers; that dropped to .9 in 2017. In the United States, 882,730 incidents, or approximately 33% of all reported workplace injuries, required time away from work.

Injuries and Days Away from Work by Industry

Workers in manufacturing and finance experienced the most significant decline in injury rates. For these sectors, the rate declined by .1 instances for every 100 FTE workers. In all, there were 115,550 injuries in manufacturing that required days away from work.

In 2017, manufacturing workers experienced 38,950 musculoskeletal injuries. A further 34.410 experienced sprains, strains, and tears. Combined, these two injury categories accounted for 69% of all injuries within the manufacturing sector. It's a statistic that highlights the importance of workers' compensation coverage. It also shows the need for better ergonomics and protective equipment to protect workers from these specific types of injuries.

Lastly, 77.220, or 67% of workers injured and requiring time away for recovery were employed in metal and plastic production, material moving and handling, assembly and fabrication, and other production employees.

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