The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released data on employer reported nonfatal workplace injuries in 2015 from their Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses, and in keeping with the trend over the last couple of years it looks like nonfatal workplace injuries are continuing to decline.
In 2015 employers reported 2.9 million nonfatal injuries, 48,000 less than were reported in 2014. Private industries reported a lower rate of injuries than government sector workers, experiencing roughly 3 injuries per 100 workers compared to 5 injuries per 100 workers. The private industry has seen their incidence rates decline slowly since 2003 when the reported rates were 5 incidents per 100 workers. From 2011 to 2012 incidence rates did not decline, instead staying the same at 3.4 incidents per 100 workers. In the private sector, wholesale trade was the only industry that saw incidence rates increase, from 2.9 cases in 2014 to 3.1 cases in 2015.
Injuries or illnesses reported in the private sector that required days off of work, transfers or restrictions made up just over half of all incidents, roughly 1.6 million recorded cases. Cases that did not require employees to take days out of work or be restricted accounted for 1.3 million incidents. The vast majority of cases were for injuries, not illnesses, accounting for 95.2 percent of cases.
In the public sector local government workers had a higher rate of nonfatal injuries than state government workers, at 5.6 cases per 100 workers compared to 3.7 cases per 100 workers.
See more data on specific states from the Bureau of Labor Statistics website here. There will be more data released later this year from the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses that looks at specific data and employee characteristics from cases requiring at least one day out of work. The Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries will be released in December.
Read the full report here.