The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has released data on nearly three million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses reported by the private sector in 2014. That number translates to 3.2 cases for every 100 full-time employees, and is some 54,000 fewer cases than 2013, continuing a downward trend since 2003.
Highlights of the BLS report include:
More than half of recorded injuries in 2014 involved days away from work, job transfer, or restriction (DART cases).
Just over 95 percent of total reported injuries and illnesses were injuries (2.8 million).
Nearly 75 percent of injury cases occurred in service industries.
Workplace illnesses accounted for nearly 5 percent of reported cases.
Private industry employers reported nearly 54,000 fewer nonfatal injury and illness cases in 2014, compared to a year earlier.
Among states for which estimates are available for 2014, the private industry injury and illness incidence rates:
Declined in 10 states
Were relatively unchanged in 31 states and D.C.
Washington had the highest injury and illness rate, at 4.6 per 100 full-time workers, while D.C. was lowest at 1.6.
Individual estimates were not available for nine states.