Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Workplace Injuries and Illnesses Decrease 8 Percent. (EHS News)

Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Workplace Injuries and Illnesses Decrease 8 Percent. (EHS News)

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A total of 5.2 million injuries and illnesses were reported in private industry workplaces during 2001, resulting in a rate of 5.7 cases per 100 equivalent full-time workers, a decrease of 8 percent compared to 2000. The most prevalent injuries and illnesses were noise-induced hearing loss and musculoskeletal injuries.

The rate for 2001 was the lowest reported since the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) began reporting this information in the early 1970s. "Overall workplace injuries and illnesses requiring time away from work have continued their steady decline for the tenth consecutive year. The detailed information that the Bureau of Labor Statistics has collected will help us better target our outreach and enforcement efforts in those industries that have more work to do to bring their injury and illness rates down," said Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao.

Other findings from the study include:

* Of the 5.2 million injuries and illnesses reported in 2001, about 2.6 million were lost workday cases.

* Of the 5.2 million nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses, 4.9 million were injuries.

* Injury rates generally were higher for mid-size establishments (those employing 50 to 249 workers) than for smaller or larger establishments. …

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