Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics Data Shows Reduction in Workplace Injuries and Illnesses in 2017.

A report released yesterday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows a reduction in the number of workplace injuries and illnesses during 2017.  According to the press release, [t]There were approximately 2.8 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses reported by private industry employers in 2017….Private industry employers reported nearly 45,800 fewer nonfatal injury and illness cases in 2017 compared to a year earlier, according to estimates from the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses.  This continues a continuing tendency since 2003 according to data reported by BLS.

According to the report, [t]he news release is the first in a series of two releases from BLS covering occupational safety and health statistics for the 2017 calendar year. The Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses presents estimates of counts and incidence rates of employer-reported nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses by industry and type of case, as well as more detailed estimates of case circumstances and worker characteristics for cases that resulted in days away from work.

A second release in December will provide results from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries of all fatal work injuries occurring in the U.S. during the calendar year. The CFOI uses diverse state, federal, and independent data sources to identify, verify, and describe fatal work injuries to ensure that counts are as complete and accurate as possible.

Critics of such data have argued that recalcitrant employers dramatically underreport workplace accidents and injuries.  Still, the reductions reflected by the available data do tend to show a relatively steady reduction in the incidence of workplace injuries since 2003.

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