Workplace Injury, Illness Rate Held Steady in 2018

- The percentage of private industry workers injured on the job in 2018 was unchanged from 2017, according to a new survey from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The occupational injury and illness rate for 2018 was 2.8 cases for every 100 full-time equivalent workers, the same as the previous year, the bureau said. The rate for manufacturing dropped to 3.4 from 3.5 in 2017. Also declining was the construction rate—at 3.0 in 2018, down from 3.1 in 2017.

The estimated number of work-related injuries and illness among private-sector workers in 2018—2.81 million—also was the same as in 2017.

The 2018 rate continues a trend dating back to at least 2003, when the rate was 5.0, in which the rate either declined or stayed the same. The last time the rate didn’t fall was 2012.

Workers employed by state and local governments also had an unchanged rate—4.6, the same as 2017. The number of injuries and illnesses was 664,300. The BLS doesn’t collect numbers on the federal workforce.

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