Study: workplace injuries drop in 2016
U.S. private-sector employers reported 48,500 fewer injuries on the job in 2016, according to new federal estimates released Thursday morning, continuing a nearly unbroken run of declines the past 13 years save for a slight increase in 2012.
About 2.9 million people were injured on the job in 2016 or otherwise became ill, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, for a rate of 29 cases for every 1,000 workers as calculated on a full-time equivalent basis, down from an estimated 30 cases in 2015.
Construction, manufacturing, wholesale trade and retail all saw declines deemed statistically significant. The finance industry was only sector to see an increase of 14 studied by BLS, while maintaining the lowest recorded rate of injuries of any industry at just 6 cases per 1,000 workers.
Across all industries, about a third of cases nationally or 892,000 in all were serious enough to require one or more days off the job to recuperate, with the median worker out eight days, unchanged from 2015. Muscular and ligament injuries like sprains and strains were those most commonly cited by employers.
The BLS data released Thursday excludes fatal injuries, with the bureau scheduled to release updated next month on workplace fatalities.
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