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Workplace injuries, illnesses declined in 2016

| Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, 4:42 p.m.

The risk of getting injured or sick on the job was slightly lower in 2016 than 2015 and considerably lower than in 2003, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Private employers reported 2.9 nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time equivalent workers in 2016 versus a rate of 3.0 in 2015 and a rate of 5.0 in 2003.

Overall, private employers reported about 48,500 fewer nonfatal injury and illness cases in 2016 than in 2015.

The agency plans to release the 2016 data on fatal workplace injuries in December.

A pdf of the report that includes several charts is also available.

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