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Private employers reported nearly 3 million work-related injuries, illnesses in 2014

Private industry employers reported nearly 3 million non-fatal workplace injuries and illnesses at a rate of 3.2 cases per 100 equivalent full-time workers in 2014, according to data released Oct. 29 by the Bureau of Labor Statistics as part of its Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses.

Among the findings:

  • The total recordable incidence rate fell 0.1 cases per 100 full-time workers, nearly 54,000 fewer cases compared to 2013.
  • More than half of the cases reported in 2014 involved days away from work, job transfer or restriction (DART) at a rate of 1.7 per 100 workers, unchanged from 2013.
  • Among all cases, 95 percent were injuries. Of those, 75 percent occurred in service-providing industries. Service industries include trade, transportation and utilities; information; financial, professional and business services; education and health; and leisure and hospitality. Goods-producing industries, long associated with health and safety hazards, include natural resources and mining, construction and manufacturing.
  • In illness categories, only the rate of reported skin diseases declined in 2014. Service-providing industries accounted for 64 percent of private industry illness cases.

“Too many workers are still being injured or sickened on the job,” Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels said in a related statement. “Every year, millions of workers are injured at work and that is simply unacceptable. We must redouble our efforts to make sure that employers provide workers with the protections and training they deserve.”