According to the latest report put out by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics the number of workplace injuries and illnesses in the private sector are on the decline. The report dated December 4, 2014 stated that a little more than 3 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses were reported in 2013 and that continues an 11 year trend (with the exception of 2012) of steadily decreasing numbers. Unfortunately 3 million reported injuries and illnesses is still a massive number of people hurt or sick. However the good news with this number is that even though we are in a state of economic growth these numbers are still decreasing. The downward trend is encouraging news to health and safety professionals nationwide.
An article on www.ehstoday.com quotes Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health that these decreased numbers are “a product of tireless work by those employers, unions, worker advocates and occupational safety and health professionals all coupled with the efforts of federal and state government organizations that make worker safety and health a high priority each and every day.”
Other statistics of the report:
For the full report please visit the Bureau of Labor and Statistic’s website. Let’s hope with continued education, training, hard work and quality safety products these numbers will continue to decline.
Smith, Sandy. “3 Million Private-Sector Workers Suffered Workplace Injuries or Illnesses in 2013.” www.ehstoday.com. December 8, 2014. January 19, 2015.